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This One Graphic Illustrates The Liberal Party's "Problem With Women"

Boys to the front.

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Less than a year after the Liberal party acknowledged it had a "problem with women", it's gone ahead and picked a bunch of young white men in the latest round of pre-selection battles.

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A leaked Liberal executive report last year acknowledged there was a "boys' club culture" within the party and there was a perception that the process of picking new candidates was designed to "keep outsiders out".

Well in the lead-up to the 2016 election, pre-selection battles keep falling to men.

Take for example, former prime ministerial staffer Jason Falinski who last night displaced Bronwyn Bishop and will run as the Liberal party candidate in the safe seat of Mackellar.

Earlier in the day, the retiring Dr Sharman Stone was replaced in Murray by former state government adviser Duncan McGauchie.

Liberal Party of Australia

Another bloke was selected in Saturday's contests when lawyer and former right-wing think tanker Julian Leeser was chosen to replace Philip Ruddock in the seat of Berowra.

Liberal Party of Australia

Fellow young dude (and former head of the National Retail Association) Trevor Evans won Liberal pre-selection in the seat of Brisbane, replacing the departing Theresa Gambaro.

It is significant to note that Evans, who is gay, will face off against Labor's Pat O'Neill in the Queensland seat, setting up an historic battle... it'll be the first time two major party candidate's in an electorate are gay.
Liberal Party of Australia

It is significant to note that Evans, who is gay, will face off against Labor's Pat O'Neill in the Queensland seat, setting up an historic battle... it'll be the first time two major party candidate's in an electorate are gay.

Then there's the new Liberal candidate in the WA seat of Tangney, Ben Morton who rolled sitting MP Dennis Jensen.

Liberal Party of Australia / ABC News

Don't forget human rights commissioner Tim Wilson who takes over from retiring trade minister Andrew Robb in the safe Victorian seat of Goldstein.

Wilson, who is also gay, faced down a bitter pre-selection battle including unnamed Liberal figures who conducted a scare campaign against him.
Liberal Party of Australia

Wilson, who is also gay, faced down a bitter pre-selection battle including unnamed Liberal figures who conducted a scare campaign against him.

Responding to the stark gender disparity on Sky News on Sunday, attorney-general George Brandis pointed out that the Coalition had done some good work picking women in NSW.

Sky News

The Coalition recently picked three women for the top slots on their senate ticket, including senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, deputy Nationals leader Fiona Nash and disability rights campaigner Hollie Hughes.

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However the Liberals might still have a "women problem" when the Tasmanian Liberal senate ticket for the upcoming election is literally just six men... gender diversity FTW!

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Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Mark Di Stefano at mark.distefano@buzzfeed.com.

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