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Scott Morrison Is 'Open' To The Idea Of Gender Quotas In The Liberal Party

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Scott Morrison Is 'Open' To The Idea Of Gender Quotas In The Liberal Party

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is 'open' to the idea of introducing a gender quota in the Liberal Party.

The move has been fervently discussed recently as a potential way to get more women into Federal parliament in light of recent events.

"When it comes to that issue, I don't hold the same reservations as others do," Morrison said.

"We tried it the other way it's not getting the results that we want to see, I would like to see us do better on that front."

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PM Scott Morrison said he's 'open' to discussion.
PM Scott Morrison said he's 'open' to discussion.

Industry and Science Minister Karen Andrews added that she would also be willing to discuss a gender quota, saying she's had a says she has had a 'gutful' of the behaviour towards women in Parliament and other workplaces.

"I've always been quite anti-quotas because I felt that it was a disadvantage to women," she said.

"Our processes to attract more women into my party and into the parliament have not been as successful as they need to be.

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"We can't continue doing the same thing and expect a different outcome."

Speaking to the ABC, she added: "Continuing the way we have, to attract women, has clearly not been anywhere near as successful as it needs to be.

"The negative to quotas is it supports the narrative that women are only there because they're a number."

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The fiery discussion comes as the government is dealing with yet another sex scandal in as many weeks.

A whistleblower has come forward to reveal several Liberal Party staffers had filmed themselves performing lewd sex acts in parliament.

One worker was reportedly immediately sacked after he took a photo of himself masturbating over a female MP's desk.

During Tuesday's press conference, Scott Morison fought back tears while speaking about the graphic event, saying he had been shocked by the revelation.

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The PM became emotional when he was talking about how the women in his life have helped him understand issues pertaining to them.

He had come under fire when former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins came forward with an allegation that she was sexually assaulted in a Minister's office.

At the time, the PM said talking to his wife Jenny helped put Ms Higgins' claim into perspective because she asked him to think of it like it was one of their daughters that went through that.

Many were surprised by the admission and wondered why he needed his wife to explain that.

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It also comes off the back of other sexual assault, rape and inappropriate behaviour allegations in the Canberra bubble that have been a massive national conversation this month.

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Topics: Australia, Politics

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