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This is part eight of the series God in the Lodge. Read part one here, and find the previous entries here.

The prime minister’s struggles with gender equity are such that he earned The New York Times’ accolade of "manterruption of the year" for talking over a female minister when she was asked about how things are for women in Australia's Parliament. 

It's all part of a now well-known pattern that has seen his approval levels drop among women. Other examples? His need to consult his wife, Jenny, on how to respond to allegations of rape in Parliament House by Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins.