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Julia Banks on what it takes for women to survive under Scott Morrison

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Former Liberal MP says Crikey about the culture of sexism within the party, which only got worse with Scott Morrison.

Former Liberal MP Julia Banks (Image: AAP / Mick Tsikas)

Julia Banks has been called a “rich bitch”, a “bully”, a “nasty” woman, a “crazy corporate” who needs to be controlled. She has been repeatedly asked about her devotion to motherhood, told she “owes” the Liberal Party, and alleges Prime Minister Scott Morrison tried to hide her when she did not vote for him during the 2017 leadership spill.

In his new book, Power playBanks exposes the tactics of control, degradation and intimidation in politics, but occasionally falls prey to the sarcastic sexism she seeks to call out. Speaking exclusively to Crikey, Banks speaks of the increased toxicity and control under Morrison and advocates calling for women who bow down to bullying.

The whole spectrum of sexist insults

Banks was the only Liberal MP to win a Labor seat in the 2016 election, her first term in politics after leaving a career as a corporate lawyer. She resigned from the Liberal Party following Morrison’s leadership spill before briefly sitting as an independent until the 2019 election.

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