What does Julia Banks & # 039; resignation say about the liberal party?

<pre><pre>What does Julia Banks & # 039; resignation say about the liberal party?

The resignation of federal deputy Julia Banks has provoked a wave of introspection within the Liberal Party.

But few are openly admitted to a broader problem of intimidation or unfair treatment of women.

The PM of the first mandate announced this week that it will not re-examine its marginal seat in Melbourne in the next elections, and will denounce the bad behavior of both its party and the Labor Party.

"The scourge of cultural and gender prejudice, harassment and intimidation continues against women in politics, the media and all businesses," he said.

Kelly ODwyer, Malcolm Turnbull and Julia Banks in Parliament.

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The president of the women's council of the liberals, Helen Kroger, seemed to minimize the episode on Thursday.

She described the policy as a "tough and tough" game, saying that last week's leadership spill that Ms. Banks called "the last straw" was a unique environment.

"I'm very sorry for her, but the policy is clearly not for everyone," Ms. Kroger told ABC radio on Thursday.

I feel really sorry for her, but politics is clearly not for everyone.

Helen Kroger

The former Liberal senator said she had experienced leadership spillovers that created solid conditions that Ms. Banks might have considered intimidation.

"I do not think there is a culture of harassment and intimidation in the Liberal Party," said Ms. Kroger.

Ms. Kroger's ex-husband and the president of the Victorian Liberal Party, Michael Kroger, also said he was not aware of allegations of intimidation within the party.

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But former Victorian liberal prime minister Ted Baillieu criticized the party for its "problem" with women, saying the resignation should be a "wake-up call."

"There are some people involved who simply have not been quartering our women parliamentarians," he told ABC radio.

"That's a problem for the party and the party has to overcome it, whether it's hostility or trying to take the female candidates for granted, it's a problem."

Voices of Parliament

Several liberal women in Parliament have publicly responded to this week's events.

Kelly O & # 39; Dwyer tweeted "bullying at any workplace, whether in the workshop or in our nation's Parliament, is totally unacceptable."

While Sarah Henderson said discussions with colleagues at the time of the spill were "considered and respectful," and blamed Labor for intimidating her.

Concetta Fierravanti-Wells criticized Malcolm Turnbull's insistence on a petition with a majority of names to call another meeting in the party room.

"The insistence on the petition caused an unnecessary and unnecessary increase in tension," Ms. Fierravanti-Wells told ABC.

Concetta Fierravanti-Wells has left the front bench.

Concetta Fierravanti-Wells says that Malcolm Turnbull's demand to see the names of parliamentarians who wanted him out increased the tension last week.

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She said her colleagues told her they felt pressure, but denied that there was a culture of intimidation.

And Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday he would support Ms. Banks, promising to ensure that intimidation does not occur under her supervision.

"I have established the law for my ministry," he said.

Electoral impact

Blair Williams, a gender and political expert at the Australian National University, said the consequences of Julia Banks' resignation could have an electoral impact on Liberals.

"Women are already less likely than men to vote for the Liberal Party," SBS News said, citing how in the 2016 elections, 47 percent of men voted for the Liberal Party compared to 38 percent of women.

Williams said the liberal party "has an image of having a 'woman's problem' deeply rooted, in part because of the lack of female participation within the party, both inside and outside parliament, the multiple barriers that women parliamentarians face it, too, like the culture of their boy club. "

She said the episode can also "deter young women, who already largely see [Parliament] as an unwelcoming place, to enter politics. "

Additional reports: Nick Baker

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