Prime Minister Scott Morrison says there is no intimidation in the federal Liberals as the latest female MP to walk out points the finger at her alleged bully in her party's state branch.
Federal MP Ann Sudmalis announced earlier this week she would not recontest the seat of Gilmore, which she holds with a knife-edge 0.7 per cent margin.
She is the latest to join an exodus of female MPs who have resigned citing bullying or internal issues in the Liberal party.
On Monday, she used parliamentary privilege to name NSW Liberal state MP Gareth Ward for his "narcissistic revenge" against her.
Mr Ward, on Tuesday, said Ms Sudmalis needed to be careful not to confuse political disagreements with bullying.
Mr Morrison admitted state members of parliament "stick their nose into the business" of their federal counterparts and moved to establish an internal process to deal with complaints.
But he assured the public there was no bullying among his own party members.
Australian Associated Press