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PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Question QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE Women in Parliament Wednesday, 10 February 2016 Clive Palmer – Member for Fairfax Responder Turnbull, Malcolm, MP Mr PALMER (Fairfax) (14:19): Prime Minister, it is 114 years since women received the vote—a long time ago. It took them 41 years to get a member in parliament, yet in your ministry you have got a significantly lower proportion of women than voted at the elections. Does the government think Liberal women members are less worthy or of lower merit— Government members interjecting— The SPEAKER: Members on my right will cease interjecting. I cannot hear the question. Mr Whiteley interjecting— The SPEAKER: The member for Braddon! The member for Fairfax will start his question again. The clock will be reset. Mr PALMER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. My question is to the Prime Minister. It is 114 years since women received the vote—a long time ago. It took them 41 years to get a member in parliament, yet in your ministry you have got a significantly lower proportion of women than voted at the elections. Does the government think Liberal women or members are less worthy or of lower merit than their Liberal male colleagues, or do you just say you believe in gender equality and fail to do anything about it? Government members interjecting— Mr Ewen Jones: Mr Speaker, on a point of order. There are 237 people who have lost their jobs in Queensland Nickel, and a fair few of them are women and they are still wanting their things. Opposition members interjecting— The SPEAKER: Members on my left will cease interjecting. The member for Herbert knows that was a completely frivolous point of order against the standing orders. He was warned at the beginning of the day, and that warning carries over. The member for Herbert will leave under 94(a). The member for Herbert then left the chamber. Mr TURNBULL (Wentworth—Prime Minister) (14:21): The member for Herbert was not, of course, in order, but the point that he made about the women and men who have lost their jobs in Queensland Nickel was nonetheless very well made. The honourable member for Fairfax should consider his responsibilities to those men and women. Mr Mitchell interjecting— The SPEAKER: The member for McEwen is warned! Mr TURNBULL: when he raises issues of this kind. Mr Speaker, there are nine women in the executive government—five in the cabinet. Looking around our party rooms, we have a lot of talent from a lot of women. We have women who have been journalists, women who have been teachers, university lecturers and an army officer. Many of our women members have had experience The Last Sentry at the Gate: Clive Palmer & the 44th Parliament of Australia 159


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