Former political adviser warns misogyny is costing party votes as number of female MPs heads back to 1970s levels

The Liberal party does not have “a woman problem”, it has “a man problem, and a merit problem and a misogyny problem” according to author, journalist, former political adviser, and feminist bureaucrat, Anne Summers.

In a provocative address anticipating International Women’s Day, Summers told the National Press Club on Wednesday the Liberal party was not only failing to use proactive strategies to recruit women during preselection processes, it was actively replacing female parliamentarians with male candidates.

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