The outgoing President of the NSW Liberal Women’s Council Chantelle Fornari-Orsmond has slammed the party’s efforts to boost the representation of women as ‘tokenistic’.
She said the question the party needs to ask itself is whether increasing female representation is necessary. Aside from public expectations Fornari-Orsmonds says the party is losing the female vote and asks whether it’s the lack of female representation or their policies which is causal.
Whichever it is she says it’s clear something needs to change.
Women’s representation in the Liberal party has been an ongoing issue. The fact women make up just 22 per cent of Liberals in Federal Parliament, or put another way, just 18 of the 84 Liberal MPs and senators in Parliament are women, the lowest level since 1993 makes it unavoidable.
Women make up 45% of Labor positions in the federal government. The number of female Liberal MPs has been falling since 2001 which has coincided with a decline in the number of women voting Liberal.