Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard says the election of Scott Morrison's Liberal Party as a leader may have been "touched by gender bias"
The votes of the Liberal Party & # 39; touched by the bias on gender & # 39; should be considered in the election of Scott Morrison as Australia's new prime minister over Julie Bishop, former Prime Minister Julia Gillard says.
Mrs. Gillard says to investigate the heads & hearts & # 39; of the vast majority of the liberal parliamentarians who voted for Mr. Morrison or for Peter Dutton, but that Ms. Bishop in the first round of the leadership vote would reveal all kinds of factors in action.
She said there would be votes motivated by how far the party should shift to the right, or political issues.
Similarly, there would be votes based on the perceived ability of candidates to unite their colleagues or articulate a vision for the country and votes based on friendship.
"And the list could go on and on," Ms. Gillard said at a conference at the University of Adelaide on Tuesday.
"But I think that an element that should appear in it are the votes touched by bias, conscious or unconscious, about gender.
& # 39; What was the precise mixing and weighting of this type of factors in a liberal member or in the head of the senator?
"I think that one element that should appear is the votes touched by bias, conscious or unconscious, about gender," said Ms. Gillard on Tuesday.
"We do not know and maybe the individuals involved could not even articulate it accurately."
However, Ms. Gillard said that there had been a change in the national conversation about women, gender and leadership in the years since she was prime minister.
"When I ruled, the overwhelming mindset of the media was to dismiss outright any suggestion that something that was happening to me was in any way related to gender," he said.
"Now conversations about gender and leadership, including political leadership, are common.
"As we meet today, there is a lively discussion of accusations of harassment and intimidation in the Liberal Party.
& # 39; The fact that these issues are raised at all and taken seriously when they are is progress & # 39;
But Ms. Gillard said that while the conversation was good, the action was better.
He said it remained "solid evidence" that while the number of women in the federal ALP caucus had risen from 14.5 percent in 1994 to 46 percent today, in the Liberal Party the increase was less than 10 percent. percentage points to 23 percent.