Politics is a ‘rough and tough game’, but women are more than cut out for it

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August 31, 2018

Politics is a ‘rough and tough game’, but women are more than cut out for it

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Early this week, Victorian MP Julia Banks announced that she would not contest her seat at the next election and would be leaving Parliament citing last week’s dramatic leadership spill as “the final straw”.

Banks, a supporter of former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, said she would not endure the “bullying or intimidation” tactics of her party.

“The people of Chisholm know that I say what I think. They know that I will always call out bad behaviour and will not tolerate any form of bullying or intimidation,” she said.

“I have experienced this both from within my own party and from the Labor Party.

“In anticipating my critics saying I’m ‘playing the gender card’ — I say this. Women have suffered in silence for too long.”

It’s an opinion shared by others in the Liberal Party.

Click here to read the full article published by Women's Agenda on 31 August 2018.

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