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Following the resignation of marginal seat winning Victorian MP Julia Banks, The Federal Government has today had to look subjectively at their treatment of women within their own party.
Ms Banks announced on Wednesday she would quit Parliament at the election, citing “intimidation”, “bullying” and “bad behaviour” by colleagues who rallied the numbers to oust Malcolm Turnbull as prime minister.
Other members of the Liberal Party have spoken out last week about being targeted by conservatives looking to push the party further to the right, and attempting to blackmail their female colleagues into doing what they want them to do.
Senior Liberal women — including Ms Banks — have also spoken before about the party’s gender problem, and how a lack of representation affects its image with voters.
In a 15-year low, just 18 of the 84 Liberal MPs and senators in Parliament are women, and the ones that are there are often threatened to lose their pre-selection unless they do what they are told by the far-right conservatives within the party.
The issue has been in the spotlight this year with Jane Prentice losing the preselection in her Queensland seat and NSW MP Ann Sudmalis also under threat.
However, the Liberal Party has today released a statement suggesting the issues that their female MPs have with the inner workings of the organisation might actually have more to do with their own hormones.
“I mean, you need to ask, is it that time of the month, love?” said an anonymous backbencher for an affluent coastal electorate North of Sydney.
“Their concerns could be very real. But then again, they could just be related to menstruation. It’s can be quite a professional ailment”
“Maybe they’ve all synced up at the same time. I’ve heard that can happen”
“I read it in GQ”