Number of female Liberal MPs pushed to 20 year low: join the call for change
When Federal Parliament resumes next month, 8 out of 10 Liberal MPs representing us will be men – the lowest level of women's representation in the Party since Paul Keating was elected in 1993.
This shocking low is creating a storm of attention around the long-standing issue of women’s under-representation within our Government. It’s already prompted several Senior Ministers to speak out in support of change, and ensured the topic will be on the agenda at the Liberal Women’s Council meeting scheduled this fortnight.
It means there's a critical opportunity to secure change -- if we can bolster the efforts of internal advocates by showing this is an issue that voters and party members demand action on.
Can you sign your support for action, and then ask your friends to join you?
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With such a close election result, you can bet that the Party is currently undertaking an extensive analysis of what did and didn’t win them votes this election, and re-setting internal priorities for the next three years. In fact there’s already speculation that the federal director of the party might be replaced.
We need to make sure increasing the number of women being pre-selected and elected (particularly in safe seats) – is on that list of priorities. That means making sure the voices of voters and Party members calling for progress drown out those stuck in the past.
1. ‘Cultural change a must’ for Libs to get women in parliament, The Australian, 18 July 2016.
Julie Bishop backs calls for Liberals to put more women into parliament, The Guardian, 17 July 2016.