A perverse benefit of the citizenship ballsup currently facing the Turnbull government is that it could increase the number of female MPs in the Coalition’s ranks. Well, by one senator, but given the miserable state of affairs that’s better than nothing.
If or when the High Court invalidates the 2016 election of Nationals senator Matt Canavan, it’s likely the LNP’s Joanna Lindgren, the next candidate on the Coalition’s Queensland senate ticket, will be duly elected. Similarly, the Liberals’ Hollie Hughes will replace Fiona Nash in NSW.
That would bring the number of women in the Turnbull government from a paltry 21 to a measly 22 (or 26%).