Former prime minister says there’s a need for change, such as a 50-50 male-female split on preselection panels

The Liberal party “absolutely” has a women problem and requires structural reform to assist more women into parliament, the former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has said on International Women’s Day.

Speaking at Oxford University on Friday, Turnbull said there was “no question” the Liberal party had a serious gender inequality issue, and to suggest otherwise was not credible. He suggested that institutional reform of the party – such as a 50-50 male-female split on preselection panels – would be necessary to change its culture.

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