Federal government MP Nicolle Flint has announced she will quit politics.

Key points:

  • Her electorate is held by the Liberals on a margin of just 1.4 per cent
  • Ms Flint has made no secret of problems she has faced since entering federal politics
  • Last year she called out what she said is the sexist rubbish women in politics are forced to put up with

With pre-selections soon to close in her South Australian seat of Boothby, Ms Flint has informed Liberal Party members in her electorate that she will not recontest the seat.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has released a statement thanking the deputy whip for her “invaluable” service to the parliament.

The second-term MP has made no secret of problems she has faced since entering federal politics, including being targeted by a male stalker and having her campaign office defaced with graffitied words “skank” and “prostitute”.

Last year, Ms Flint posted a social media video detailing those incidents, while wearing a garbage bag to call out what she described as the sexist “rubbish” women in politics are forced to put up with.

It was a reference to ABC radio host, Peter Goers, who wrote a column criticising the glossy brochures issued by MPs, at taxpayers’ expense, to their constituents.

Mr Goers referenced Ms Flint’s “pearl earrings and a pearly smile” and “vast wardrobe of blazers, coats and tight, black, ankle-freezing trousers and stiletto heels”.

“How about a garbage bag to match your rubbish views,” she said in the video, while removing her black coat to reveal a grey bin bag cinched with a black belt.

She also criticised the election campaign against her re-election in 2019 by lobby group Getup.

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Federal MP Nicolle Flint hits out at “sexist rubbish’ in a Twitter video

The Prime Minister referenced her complaints in his statement.

Ms Flint’s said she intends to stay on until the next poll.

“It has been an honour to represent the people of Boothby over two terms and I am grateful to them, and to my Liberal Party members, for giving me this opportunity,” Ms Flint said in a written statement.

“I will continue to work hard to serve my local community until the election.”

Ms Flint said she would continue to campaign on issues she “championed” in Parliament like endometriosis, stillbirth, improved road and rail infrastructure, the arts and protecting Australia from foreign interference and predatory foreign investment.

In the week leading up to the announcement, the conservative MP had a public disagreement with a state colleague from the party’s moderate faction over plans to shift abortion out of the South Australian criminal code.

The next election could be called as early as August 7, or as late as May 21 next year.

Her electorate is held by the Liberals on a margin of just 1.4 per cent.

Since Craig Kelly’s defection to the crossbenches during the week, Scott Morrison commands the slimmest majority of one seat — including the Speaker — in the lower house.