As Victorian Liberal MP Mary Wooldridge calls time on politics, she's urging her party to do better on getting women elected.
After 13 years in state parliament, the upper house MP says its time to move on and help renew the party following the Liberal-National opposition's crushing defeat in the 2018 state poll.
"Obviously the election loss 12 months ago was a catalyst for thinking about my future and how to continue to make a contribution and in what context," Ms Wooldridge told reporters on Sunday.
"It's a good time for me and my family but it's also a good time for the party."
The MP, who plans to stay on until her successor is found, also offered a parting message on the Liberal's track record of getting women to run for parliament.
"We do have good women putting their hands up for preselection, they're just not being selected at this point, particularly at a state level," she said, urging her colleagues to consider using quotas.
"The argument within the party is based on merit ... but the evidence has shown over time that merit is not enough to get women preselected in terms of our structures and approaches."
Opposition leader Michael O'Brien declined to back the use of quotas and said he'd brought four women into the shadow cabinet since taking over from predecessor Matthew Guy.
"Not based on quotas, but based on merit," Mr O'Brien said while speaking alongside Ms Wooldridge.
"'I'm more interested in the outcome rather than the route we take to get there."
He thanked Ms Wooldridge for her "outstanding" contribution to politics, singling out her time as minister for mental health, women's affairs, disability services and community services between 2010 and 2014.
"If the mark of a state, of a government is how it treats its most vulnerable people, then Mary's record of reform left Victoria a better, fairer and more decent place than she found it," Mr O'Brien said.
The departing MP expects her successor to be in place before the end of February.
Australian Associated Press