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Nationals WA vow to tackle MP’s ‘slut shaming’ allegations

Nationals WA leader Mia Davies has promised to tackle allegations of toxicity within her party head-on and has offered to meet with MP Jacqui Boydell to discuss her complaints, including claims of “slut shaming”.Mr Boydell, who is a former deputy leader of the party, this week publicly complained in parliament and to the media about…

Nationals WA leader Mia Davies has promised to tackle allegations of toxicity within her party head-on and has offered to meet with MP Jacqui Boydell to discuss her complaints, including claims of “slut shaming”.

Mr Boydell, who is a former deputy leader of the party, this week publicly complained in parliament and to the media about “bullying, threats and intimidation” within the WA Nationals, saying she could no longer remain silent.

On Thursday, Ms Davies vowed to work through her colleague’s complaints.

“I made a commitment to myself as the leader that whenever things like this are raised, you don’t step in and do the ‘deny,’ or ‘there’s nothing to see here’ — you actually just have to meet it head-on,” she told 6PR radio.

Asked whether she led a political party that harboured a toxic environment, Ms Davies said that had not been her experience.

“If you talk about individual moments … there are moments in my career where I can say that they are not things that I would like to experience again,” she said.

“I’m not going to diminish Jacqui’s experience by saying that I agree or disagree with her.

“That is her experience, that is what she has lived. She has expressed that and we need to deal with it.”

Ms Davies said Ms Boydell had been contacted to arrange a meeting with the state executive to go through her allegations and concerns in detail.

“It will give Jacqui the opportunity to speak more specifically and raise the concerns she’s had in terms of the organisational response to the issues that she’s experienced, and also talk about what kind of remedies we can put in place,” Ms Davies said.

In a statement, Nationals WA said it did not accept inappropriate behaviour, bullying or intimidation.

“Over the past three years, there has been a code of conduct and a formal complaints process developed to address complaints made to the party,” the statement read.

“We acknowledge that these processes can always be improved and continue to work to ensure our organisation is a safe environment.

Any complaint or grievance against the conduct of a party member, volunteer or employee will be treated seriously and addressed through the processes in place.

“The state president and state director will work with Jacqui to address the issues that have been raised.”

Ms Boydell, who will not contest the March election, spoke out following a Four Corners investigation, which exposed allegations about ministers Alan Tudge and Christian Porter.

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