Liberal Party is left with only NINE women after Australia election bloodbath

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How Liberal Party has only NINE female MPs left after election bloodbath where Scott Morrison’s captain’s picks failed to win over voters

  • The Liberal Party has been left with just nine women in the lower house 
  • Fiona Martin in Reid, Katie Allen in Higgins and Celia Hammond in Curtin lost 
  • Survivors include former Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews in McPherson
  • Former Environment Minister Sussan Ley also held onto her seat in rural NSW
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The Liberal Party has just nine women left in the lower house after Saturday’s election bloodbath.

The Liberals selected several new women as candidates in the hope of getting more into Parliament – but none of them was successful except Zoe McKenzie replacing retiring Greg Hunt in the seat of Flinders.

Five Liberal women lost their seats: Fiona Martin in Reid, Katie Allen in Higgins, Gladys Liu in Chisolm, Lucy Wicks in Robertson, and Celia Hammond in Curtin.

Liberal member for Reid Dr Fiona Martin has lost her marginal seat to Labor

Liberal member for Reid Dr Fiona Martin has lost her marginal seat to Labor

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Celia Hammond, Liberal MP for Curtin lost her formerly safe seat to a 'teal' independent

Celia Hammond, Liberal MP for Curtin lost her formerly safe seat to a ‘teal’ independent 

The survivors include former Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews and former Environment Minister Sussan Ley.

Melissa McIntosh in Lindsay managed to hold on to her marginal electorate which frequently changes hands, and Bridget Archer is ahead by 1,232 votes in a tight contest in Bass with 73.6 per cent of the vote counted.

Along with the nine women in the lower house, there are several Liberal women in the senate including outgoing foreign minister Marise Payne and former superannuation minister Jane Hume.

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Peter Dutton is favourite to be Liberal leader after Josh Frydenberg lost his seat to independent Monique Ryan in Kooyong.

Former Education Minister Alan Tudge said the deputy leader needed to be a woman, with Sussan Ley and Jane Hume considered contenders.

Liberal Senator Jane Hume is tipped to run for deputy leader of the Liberal Party

Liberal Senator Jane Hume is tipped to run for deputy leader of the Liberal Party

Melissa McIntosh (pictured) in Lindsay managed to hold on to her marginal electorate which frequently changes hands

Melissa McIntosh (pictured) in Lindsay managed to hold on to her marginal electorate which frequently changes hands

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Anthony Albanese was sworn in as the nation’s 31st prime minister alongside four new Labor ministers.

His beaming son Nathan, 21, and girlfriend of two years Jodie were there to watch him at Government House in Canberra on Monday morning.

‘I, Anthony Norman Albanese do solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare that I will well and truly serve the Commonwealth of Australia, her land and her people in the office of Prime Minister,’ the new leader said.

Although he was raised Catholic, Mr Albanese chose not to say the words ‘so help me God’ at the end of his statement. 

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He then posed for photos with Governor-General David Hurley, the Queen’s representative in Australia.

Labor is on track to form a narrow majority government, with several seats still too close to call after Saturday’s election.

Anthony Albanese shakes the hand of Governor-General David Hurley at Government House in Canberra on Monday morning

Anthony Albanese shakes the hand of Governor-General David Hurley at Government House in Canberra on Monday morning

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