Liberal ministers lament gender imbalance

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The federal government minister, Marise Payne, admits that liberals have a "very serious" problem with the number of women in parliament.

Less than a quarter of federal liberal deputies are women, compared to almost 50 percent of Labor politicians.

Liberal lawmaker Sussan Ley believes that her party should consider adopting quotas to address the pitifully low percentage.

"If you look at our party, the image tells its own story," said Ms. Ley.

Although she did not explicitly endorse the proposal, which the party has long opposed, Senator Payne lamented having to think hard to remember a more promising moment for liberal women.

"I think we have a very serious problem with regard to the role of women in the parliamentary process and also in the efforts to involve the whole community more," the foreign minister said on Friday.

"We did a very good job in 1996 … in the election of the Howard government to ensure that we had a very broad and representative team that will confront the community.

"We have shown that we can do it, I know we can do it again."

Ms. Ley admits that she is not in favor of quotas, but asked if the party should consider them.

"We do not have enough women, the problem has to start long before we get to parliament."

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However, Victorian liberal leader Matthew Guy is confident that there are no such problems in his state.

"I have many women, I think there are nine of the 13 candidates for marginal seats who are women, I have said that I want to get more women in parliament, and I do, after this election, I hope it does," he said. reporters.

"We have had a 50:50 system in our branch networks, in our electoral council networks, in our administrative committee since 1944."

The gender imbalance has bubbled up along with claims by Liberal MP Julia Banks and Sen. Lucy Gichuhi that they were harassed and harassed by male colleagues during last month's bitter leadership coup.

The behavior forced Ms. Banks to resign from parliament.

Cabinet Minister Christopher Pyne said it was unacceptable that senior Liberal Party officials responded by asking Ms. Banks to "harden."

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He also pointed to liberal cabinet member, Craig Kelly, for telling him to "roll with the punches."

"It was a particularly bad choice of words," said Pyne.

"What we all have to do is take care of ourselves a lot more … people need to grow up."

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, insists that the Liberal Party has the right structures to deal with intimidation and rejected accusations that Ms. Banks mistreated her staff in the 2016 campaign.