Threat to name Liberal bully MPs remains

A Liberal senator’s threat to name colleagues who bullied her in parliament still looms, despite the prime minister saying his party is satisfied with how bullying claims are being handled.

Liberal senator Lucy Gichuhi has threatened to name those responsible under parliamentary privilege this week, while her Victorian colleague Julia Banks has decided to quit politics at the next election.

Liberal Party elder Warren Entsch has urged the pair to name the MPs who bullied them.

“I’m glad to see Lucy’s prepared to stand up and name them and I hope Julia does the same,” the Queensland MP said.

“The small number that’s out there … they need to be fingered and they need to be held accountable for their actions.”

But Mr Morrison said he had spoken to Mr Entsch about how the party whips were dealing with the behaviour.

“I know he’s fully satisfied with the way that the party is managing all issues that are germane to the internal running of the Liberal Party,” the prime minister told parliament.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said the Liberals need a stint in opposition to resolve their “toxic, poisonous issues”.

Those responsible for bullying should not remain anonymous, he said.

“Bullies are not entitled to the protection of secrecy, they do not deserve a deliberate silence from the prime minister of Australia,” Mr Shorten said.

© AAP 2018


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