Victorian Liberal leader sets gender target

Victorian Liberal leader Matthew Guy has warned his party it is time to "get serious" about its lack of women, and has set a clear target to boost female representation in the state parliament by 10 percentage points at every election.

In a strongly worded speech to be delivered to his state council on Sunday, Mr Guy will warn that thinking about women's representation "10 minutes before pre-selection nominations close" is not a solution to the party's gender gap, and that much more needs to be done to recruit Liberal women into politics.

With two years until the next election, the Opposition Leader will unveil an ambitious target to lift the Liberals' female representation by a further 10 per cent at every poll, rising from 27 per cent this year to 37 per cent in 2018, and to almost half by 2022.

And in a bid to boost the chances of achieving that goal, he will also outline plans for a new group – Women To Win – which will be responsible for recruiting, training and mentoring women in hope that more will seek preselection.

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