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As the Morrison government attempts to hijack the news cycle by over-commemorating the death of Prince Philip many press releases and social media post as possible, the PM has been unsuccessful in his efforts to run a decoy away from Canberra’s misogynist workplace culture.
Scotty From Marketing has copped some severe backlash over the last month after he was forced to defend the government’s handling of Brittany Higgins’ rape allegation and the historic rape allegation against Christian Porter in a bombshell A Current Affair interview. Since then, it has also been revealed that another MP from the Morrison Government has been caught out abusing women online and upskirting waitresses with his phone camera.
He hasn’t really done anything about all of this, instead he’s decided to hand over to Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has had to step up and do the Prime-Ministery stuff, like tell the media that Laming won’t be chosen as a Liberal candidate leading into the next election.
This last few months of unbridled misogyny from Parliament House, amidst the backdrop of a bungled vaccine roll-out has seen the approval rating for the Coalition Government dip to record lows.
It is for this reason that the Liberal party, on all levels of government are rushing to address their ‘boys club’ culture, one that has resulted in the ostracisation and bullying of their very few female MPs that have decided to stay on and deal with this shit.
Liberal powerbrokers are now looking to the Western Australian opposition for pointers on how to address the ‘stale, pale and male’ gender skew within in the party
The WA Liberals are often sighted as a good example of a political party that has achieved gender equality across their ranks.
After Labor’s landslide election win the WA State Government election, their Liberals have been left with just two Lower House members, after finally counting revealed that Labor actually won the usually very safe seat of Churchlands last earlier this month.
With 86 per cent of the vote counted, ABC election analyst Antony Green called the last unclaimed state division for Labor’s Christine Tonkin. The seat was previously held by the outgoing Liberal Sean L’Estrange with a margin of 11.7 per cent, and has never been held by Labor before.
Labor now has 53 seats, the Liberals two and the Nationals four, as the WA Premier Mark McGowan takes another term with almost no opposition.
It is the first time since Sir Joh where any state Parliament has consisted of more Nationals MPs than Liberal MPs.
However, the WA Liberals – despite their almost irreparable hammering at the polls – are still being praised for achieivng gender equality.
With only two seats, one of which is held by a woman, there is now a 50/50 split between genders in the Liberal Party.
Unfortunately, much like the WA Liberals, Morrison cannot see a day where a woman leads the party.