Former deputy Liberal chief Julie Bishop says ladies must take up 50 per cent of federal parliamentary seats earlier than the poisonous misogyny she witnessed throughout her 20-year political profession ends.
Ms Bishop, who retired from politics on the 2018 election, advised Andrew Denton on Seven’s Interview program on Tuesday evening that with extra ladies representatives, unhealthy behaviour and misogyny can be referred to as out.
She described as “grotesque in its brutality” and “pathetic” the sexualisation of Australia’s first feminine prime minister, Julia Gillard, throughout a 2013 Liberal Nationals get together fundraising dinner in Queensland.
The previous WA consultant blamed her male colleagues for making a tradition that allowed a “Kentucky Fried” quail dish to be likened to the Labor chief as having “small breasts, big thighs and an enormous crimson field”, The Every day Telegraph stories on Wednesday.
“We’ve got to keep in mind that in current occasions, parliament was all male. And so that you had a complete bunch of males in Canberra and so they set the principles, they set the customs, the priority and the surroundings. It was all males,” Ms Bishop mentioned.
“There was very a lot that tradition round politics, regardless that (Australians) had been world-leading as the primary to concurrently grant ladies the correct to vote and the correct to face for parliament … however that form of behaviour’s simply pathetic,” she mentioned.
Ms Bishop mentioned solely with a higher variety of feminine representatives would such misogyny and unhealthy behaviour be referred to as out.
“There have to be a essential mass of girls, and 50 per cent feels like a good suggestion,” she mentioned.
“So I’d suppose that the extra ladies which can be in politics, the extra they’d say that behaviour is unacceptable. So I feel the numbers actually do matter on this occasion.”
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