Andrew Bolt simply calls women not up to the task, backstabbers, traitors, and incompetant. That’s his wife hes talking about. He complained having to be the only breadwinner in the house. (ODT)
Eleven was the number that stung. When Julie Bishop received only 11 votes in the 2018 leadership contest, after serving as deputy for 11 years, many women saw red.
Some wore it too, with an entire group of Liberal women MPs dressing in red the day after Bishop wore scarlet heels to a press conference announcing her resignation from the front bench.
The message was obvious: it wasn’t about pumps but power, and women’s continued exclusion from it.
Since then, conservative women have revolted in myriad ways.
In 1942, Menzies told Australians he would represent the middle class, the non-elites, “the forgotten people”.
In 2011, then opposition leader Tony Abbott spoke about the country’s “forgotten families”.
But in 2019, a growing number of people are asking if the Liberal Party has actually forgotten women, as well as the fact that they vote.
Ms Mirzabegian said this is why Women Vote was founded — women are frustrated.
“We thought things would be different by now. We strongly believe that the time is now for gender to feature in this federal election,” she said.
Ms Whittaker added: “Women are sick of being represented mainly by men.”
Voters are hungry for progress on a range of social and environmental issues in the wake of the combative Abbott government period, and they expect Malcolm Turnbull to deliver.