Ministers ask for gender quotas to address & # 039; serious & # 039; shortage of women MP

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The Federal Government Minister, Marise Payne, admits that the Liberals have a "very serious" problem with the number of women in the party.

Liberal lawmaker Sussan Ley believes that her party should consider introducing quotas to address the small number of women in the federal parliament.

Although he did not explicitly endorse the proposal, which the Liberals have long opposed, Senator Payne had to think hard to remember a more promising time for women in the ranks of the party.

"I think we have a very serious problem about the role of women in the parliamentary process and also about the efforts to involve the community more," the Foreign Minister told ABC radio on Friday.

"We did a very good job in 1996, but I hesitate to say 1996 because it was a long time ago, in the election of the Howard government to ensure that we had a very representative and broad team that would face the community.

"We have shown that we can do it, I know we can do it again, and we have to provide the same determination that we brought many years ago to tackle this task now."

Marise Payne replaced Julie Bishop as the next Australian Foreign Minister.

AAP

Ms. Ley says that the unfortunate level of female representation in the Liberals has forced her to reconsider her opposition to quotas.

"I never liked the quotas, but I must say that I've recently wondered if we should consider them," he said.

"In what context I'm not sure, but we do not have enough women, the problem has to start long before we get to parliament."

The problem has arisen along with the accusations of parliamentarians who were intimidated in the bitter leadership drama of last month.

Ms. Ley said that the Liberals had to do more to recruit women parliamentarians.

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

Liberal MP Julia Banks and Sen. Lucy Gichuhi say they were harassed and intimidated by male colleagues during the spill of liberal leaders.

The behavior caused Ms. Banks to leave parliament, while former Liberal leader Julie Bishop questioned why her party had problems attracting and reaching women.

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

Mr. Pyne also pointed to liberal deputy Craig Kelly for telling him to "roll with the punches."

"It was a particularly bad word choice," he told The Nine Network.

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

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the liberal deputies, both men and women, were pressured during the chaos, but did not rate the harassment behavior.