Prime Minister Scott Morrison pushing to have more women in Liberal Party seats

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Sarah IsonThe West Australian
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants more women to fill Liberal seats.
Camera IconPrime Minister Scott Morrison wants more women to fill Liberal seats. Credit: DAN HIMBRECHTS/AAPIMAGE

Scott Morrison says he is “working hard” to get more women into Liberal Party seats at the next Federal election after former NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed that she would not run.

Ms Berejiklian stepped down as premier this year after an investigation into her relationship with a NSW MP and related misuse of public funds by the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Despite being approached by the Prime Minister to run in Tony Abbott’s former seat of Warringah, Ms Berejiklian confirmed on Friday that running for Federal politics “isn’t what I want to do”.

Mr Morrison said he respected her choice but stressed that he wanted more women in Liberal seats.

Former NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has put herself out of the running for a Federal seat.
Camera IconFormer NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has put herself out of the running for a Federal seat. Credit: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

“I really am working hard to get as many wonderful female members into the Parliament,” he said. “A third of my Cabinet is female.”

It comes after Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins handed down her report into parliamentary culture, which found a third of staff had been harassed.

She recommended more women being put in senior roles in Parliament to prevent the “boys club” culture.

Health Minister Greg Hunt, who announced his retirement this month, supported a woman replacing him as MP for the seat of Flinders.

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