Federal Elections: How Scott Morrison’s Women’s Problem Toppled Him

One problem plagued Scott Morrison during his leadership, and in the end he couldn’t escape it.

Scott Morrison didn’t always “get” women, but eventually they did get him.

They got him good.

Women in Western Australia and in Victoria decided they had had enough of him.

And this time they quietly came for him, in pre-polls, in the mail and at the polls.

The silent Australians indeed.

It was grim work, dismantling a government that for years considered it normal to have a single woman in the cabinet: Secretary of State Julie Bishop.

A government where the Prime Minister has bullied Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate into leaving her job.

Who thought it was fine and dandy to humiliate her on the floor of parliament to score political points.

Or whoever he had a background against that day.

A government where the prime minister was stunned and confused by female anger over sexual assault.

Either he had to ask his wife Jenny to explain to him how to react or believed that women would forget.

On the eve of the election, we learned that he believed that female representation meant electing Katherine Deves, a photogenic political rookie.

She spent the campaign defending a series of offensive social media posts stating that transgender people have been “surgically mutilated”, which is what any other candidate would have dumped.

Last night, it appeared that of the 14 seats that had changed nationally, 12 had been won by women.

But female voters got the job done Saturday night and they did it systematically across the country.

Many of these women had long ago decided that Scott Morrison’s time was up, if the ALP’s political investigation can be any guide.

And the reverberations of the political murder perpetrated by Australian women will unfold in the Liberal Party for years to come.

Of course, there were also some high-profile political victims of the advocacy for change who were also women.

Female and male voters were not happy to be taken for granted.

In the seat of Fowler, Anthony Albanese’s decision to skydive former NSW Prime Minister Kristina Keneally was rejected by voters in favor of a female independent Dai Le.

Voters told the ALP they didn’t want a blow and went with a local independent who lived and worked in their community.

The other big story of election night was the Greens.

Despite all the talk about the winter languages, the Greens took two seats in Brisbane.

Until now, they had only one seat in the Melbourne House of Representatives, which was held by Greens leader Adam Bandt.

Now they will have a trio and the crossbench will be bigger than the Nationals.

The PvdA has a big task ahead of them to manage that pressure in the Senate and the lower house, unless they can get a majority.

But the biggest lessons are for the Liberal Party.

As one Independents strategist told me, “the liberals used a bunch of boring men as facades to hide their incompetence on climate, integrity, and women.”

“When they offered the real deal, they took over from the fake moderates,” he said.

After thousands of women marched for justice and against sexual harassment and violence last year, many believed it was like a political earthquake.

The Prime Minister told us that such protests around the world were met with bullets, which was supposed to be a kind of deaf praise for Australian democracy.

Instead, it just pissed women off.

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