A crucial crossbench MP says she will reconsider her supply agreement with the Coalition unless it immediately resolves complaints of bullying and intimidation raised by Liberal women.
- Rebekha Sharkie says she’ll review a supply agreement after the Wentworth by-election
- She’s disappointed Ann Sudmalis has quit politics blaming bullying by a Liberal state MP
- Prime Minister Scott Morrison slams those playing “stupid games” within the party
Centre Alliance MP Rebekha Sharkie has agreed to vote with the Federal Government on motions of no confidence but says that deal is becoming harder to honour as women quit politics citing intimidation and misconduct.
Her warning comes as Prime Minister Scott Morrison criticises some within the party of playing “stupid games” rather than focusing on the needs of the Australian people.
Last night, Ann Sudmalis used parliamentary privilege to accuse New South Wales MP Gareth Ward of branch stacking and undermining her pre-selection campaign — an allegation he strongly denies.
Her decision not to contest the next election comes after Victorian MP Julia Banks criticised “widespread, pervasive undermining” of women and after South Australian senator Lucy Gichuhi threatened to name colleagues.