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Libs probe into policies for female voters

Outgoing Employment Minister Stuart Robert says the Liberal Party will review its policies after being deserted by women at the federal election.

Research from The Australian National University showed women had little confidence in the Liberal Party on gender equity issues ahead of Saturday’s election.

Mr Robert said his party’s job as the opposition was to hear the views of the community and would “own” mistakes made.

“We’ll do a review in terms of policy settings to see where they were appropriate or not,” he told Sky News on Wednesday.

“From there, we’ll pull together a policy package coming into the next election that seeks to answer those aspirational questions and seeks to reach out to those aspirational Australians because that’s where we want to be.”

The admission comes following the party suffering a massive rejection by voters, and a number of “teal” female independents being elected in traditional blue-ribbon seats.

Mr Robert said he would hold the government accountable, and accused Treasurer Jim Chalmers and Finance Minister Katy Gallagher of “crab walking” away from their commitment to ease cost of living pressures.

“Australians will be expecting us to focus on them by holding the government to account. And there will be a lot to account for,” he said.

“We’ve already seen Mr Chalmers and Ms Gallagher crab walking away from their commitment to lower the cost of everything. So you can expect a very, very strong and robust defence of the Australian people from us.”

Mr Robert said former prime minister Scott Morrison is “doing well” since losing Saturday’s federal election.

According to the Australian Electoral Commission, as at Wednesday afternoon Labor was set to hold 75 seats to the coalition’s 61, with two Greens, and 12 other crossbenchers.

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