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Warren Entsch urges Liberal colleagues to name and shame 'bullies'

Federal National Liberal MP Warren Entsch Source: AAP

Queensland MP Warren Entsch has accused some of his Coalition colleagues of 'grossly inappropriate' behaviour in the lead-up to the recent leadership spill.

Outspoken Queensland backbencher Warren Entsch is urging two of his government colleagues to detail accusations of bullying during last month’s leadership turmoil.

Liberal senator Lucy Gichuhi has already indicated she may use parliamentary privilege to name names in the Senate this week.

Mr Entsch urged another Liberal MP, Julia Banks, to do the same.

Liberal Member for Chisholm Julia Banks
Liberal Member for Chisholm Julia Banks
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Ms Banks recently announced she would not contest the next election, saying “bullying and intimidation” continued against women in politics.

“I'm glad to see Lucy's prepared to stand up and name them and I hope Julia does the same,” Mr Entsch said.

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

The comments come following a series of comments from high-profile Liberal women about the culture within the party room, just as Scott Morrison prepares to face his first parliamentary sitting week as prime minister.

Mr Entsch said he understood Julia Banks had been complaining about the behaviour of some colleagues for months before the spill but stressed there were similar cases on the Labor side of politics.

Senator Lucy Gichuhi
Senator Lucy Gichuhi.
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Liberal senator Ian Macdonald said the leadership spill was “stupidity” driven by egos.

Defence minister Christopher Pyne said the Liberals’ defeat in the NSW state seat of Wagga Wagga was partly an indictment on his federal colleagues.

“The Wagga Wagga by-election was a very clear message to politicians: stop playing games in Canberra and focus on us,” Mr Pyne said.

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