Federal election: How Scott Morrison’s women’s issue brought him down
A problem plagued Scott Morrison throughout his management and, in the end, he couldn’t escape it.
Scott Morrison didn’t always “get” the women, but in the end, they got him.
They got it.
Women in Western Australia and Victoria decided they had had enough of him.
And they came looking for it in silence this time, in the pre-elections, in the letters and in the ballot boxes.
Quiet Australians indeed.
It was grim work, dismantling a government that for many years thought it was okay to have only one woman in cabinet – Foreign Secretary Julie Bishop.
A government where the Prime Minister bullied Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate into quitting her job.
Who thought it was fine to humiliate him on the floor of Parliament to score political points.
Or whoever else he was in the background with that day.
A government where the prime minister was stunned and confused by women’s anger over sexual violence.
Or had to ask his wife Jenny to explain to him how he should react or believed that women would forget.
On the eve of the election, we learned that he believed female representation meant choosing Katherine Deves, a photogenic political rookie.
She spent the campaign defending a series of offensive social media posts saying trans people are “surgically mutilated” that would have seen any other candidate dropped.
Last night it appeared that of the 14 national seats that changed hands, 12 were won by women.
But women voters got the job done on Saturday night, and they did it consistently across the country.
Many of these women had decided that Scott MorrisonThe time was long past if PLA political research is any indication.
And the repercussions of the political murder committed by Australian women will be felt within the Liberal Party for years to come.
Of course, there were also high-profile women politicians who were also women.
Female and male voters were not happy to be taken for granted.
In Fowler’s seat, Anthony Albanese’s decision to parachute in former NSW Premier Kristina Keneally was pushed back by voters in favor of independent woman Dai Le.
Voters told the ALP they didn’t want any hits and went with a local independent who lived and worked in their community.
The other big story of election night was that of the Greens.
Despite all the talk from the Teals, the Greens won two seats in Brisbane.
Until now, they had only one seat in the Melbourne House of Representatives held by Greens leader Adam Bandt.
Now they will have a line and the cross bench will be bigger than the Nationals.
Labor will have a big task ahead of it to manage these pressures in the Senate and lower house unless it wins a majority.
But the biggest lessons are for the Liberal Party.
As one independent strategist told me, “the liberals used a bunch of bland men as fronts to cover up their incompetence on climate, integrity and women.”
“When offered the real deal, they took it over the fake moderates,” he said.
After thousands of women marched for justice and against sexual harassment and assault last year, many thought it felt like a political earthquake.
The Prime Minister told us that across the world such protests were met with bullets, which was meant to be a kind of muted praise for Australian democracy.
Instead, it just pissed off the women.