MP drops F-bomb after reporter's question

21st September 2017 1:53 PM

LIBERAL National Party member Luke Howarth has been busted dropping the f-bomb at a press conference with Malcolm Turnbull.

Standing with the prime minister and Queensland LNP leader Tim Nicholls in Nudgee, Queensland, Mr Howarth was caught swearing under his breath when a reporter asked Mr Turnbull about the absence of female MPs in the state.

"On your trip to Queensland yesterday you were with a male MP Trevor Evans. Now you're with a male federal MP and a state MP," the reporter said.

"Then later today you're going to another event with two male MPs. Would you like to see more females along LNP ranks in Queensland?"

Mumbling under his breath, the frustrated member shot back at the reporter: ""Oh this f***".

Mr Turnbull did an admirable job of ignoring him, saying: "Well we all look forward to seeing more women represented in Parliament."

Questions were raised over the absence of female MPs after Tony Abbott posted a photo on Twitter of a Q&A session with the Newtown Young Liberals.

Eagle-eyed social media users pointed out the lack of women among a sea of male attendees.

Mr Howarth's told News Corp Australia that he was frustrated at the question but admitted he was "guilty".

"I said it under my breath because I was frustrated at the question so I'm guilty. I'm sorry if people heard it," he said.

"I made a comment after the prime minister that we have two assistant ministers in Queensland in the government that are both women... in my federal seat I have four state seats and three of the candidates are women.

"I guess I was just frustrated that someone asked a question like that. Even though I wasn't in front of the microphone I shouldn't have said it."