I'm tired of defending myself: Liberal MP

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Outgoing Liberal MP Nicolle Flint has read out abusive emails sent to her from the public to demonstrate the ongoing abuse she has received as a woman in parliament, declaring she is tired of the political fight.

"This has to stop," she said.

Ms Flint is leaving politics at the end of this term and earlier this week gave another speech about the treatment of women in federal politics.

"I have tried not to cry during my speeches and during the TV and radio interviews I've done," she told parliament on Thursday.

"I'm tired of the political fight. I'm tired of pretending to be brave. I'm tired of having to defend the fact I'm a woman, and yet here I am having to fight and defend myself again.

"The online abuse, trolling, victim-shaming and blaming, the complete denial of things I have suffered during my time in parliament that has been aimed at me over the past 48 hours is disgusting. And those involved should be ashamed."

The South Australian broke down in tears before reading out horrific abusive emails sent to her.

One read: "Please do not complain about the treatment you're receiving, as obviously this is your weak characteristic and others will capitalise on this trait."

"This place is not for weaklings and please do not use the female cry-tactic. It will not work and it is not a male's world, it's that you are weak," Ms Flint read.

"No wonder you're being stalked by someone. You deserve it. You're a piece of crap.

"I do not believe one word you said. The filth you're associated with, both in your past with Sky News and the LNP rape club with its continued lies and cover-ups gives me the reason not to believe you.

"Don't insult my intelligence with denials or your false crocodile tears, I'm looking forward to seeing your demise."

Ms Flint was consoled by her government colleagues Kevin Andrews and Trevor Evans after concluding her speech.

The member for Boothby in South Australia again accused Labor, the unions and activist group GetUp of encouraging people to abuse her.

Each group has denied having any connection to the harassment and have condemned the way she was treated.

Following Ms Flint's speech, Labor MP Ed Husic said he had received abuse for his religious beliefs.

"I do appreciate that this is a completely unacceptable standard, that we must do better, we must strive for better."