The intimidation claims should be handled behind closed doors, says the liberal deputy

Liberal Senators Linda Reynolds

A liberal senator who stood up publicly against the thugs during the spill of federal leaders now says the party must address its problems behind closed doors.

Western Australia Senator Linda Reynolds criticized the harassment and intimidation in a speech in the Senate during the spill of leaders and is waiting for her comments.

But she says that the Liberal Party must deal behind closed doors.

"There are clearly problems that we have to address, and now I am dealing with them internally in the party, in our processes, the prime minister and the whips have been established," Senator Reynolds told Sky News on Wednesday.

The Liberal Party also faces attacks because of the number of women in its ranks, with men representing more than 75 percent of its deputies.

Labor leader Tanya Plibersek said in 1994 that the two main parties had 14 percent women: Labor is now close to 50 percent, while the proportion in Liberals is less than 25 percent.

Senator Reynolds said that liberals do not need quotas for women, as Labor has done, but there are lessons to be learned from public service.

"I think that my party not only has to look internally, but we must also look externally at what other organizations are doing and how they are succeeding," he said.

Ms. Plibersek said she is involved in an "extreme conflict" during her 20 years in parliament, but the Labor culture is different because of the number of women.

"Change the culture," he told ABC.

"We make better decisions for the entire Australian community when we look more like the whole Australian community."

South Australian liberal Sen. Lucy Gichuhi had threatened to use parliamentary privilege to publicly release her colleagues accused of harassment and intimidation.

She backed down on Tuesday after speaking with the prime minister, saying she left him to deal with the problem.

"She made it very clear to me that in terms of the events in Canberra and the spill of the address, she told me very clearly that she was not intimidated by anyone here in Canberra in relation to that matter," Morrison told ABC. TV on Tuesday.

Morrison has admitted that women are underrepresented in the party, but does not believe that quotas demolish the obstacles that prevent more women from advancing.

Former minister Craig Laundy is the first deputy of the male liberal party to support gender quotas after he was first introduced by liberal leader Sussan Ley.