Independent MP Rob Oakeshott says the current gender war in parliament is about the major parties preparing the battleground for the next federal election due by late 2013.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard attacked Opposition Leader Tony Abbott on Tuesday for misogyny and sexism.
Ms Gillard said a day later she had formed a view that 'enough is enough'.
'I've had enough, Australian women have had enough,' Ms Gillard told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.
'When I see sexism and misogyny, I'm going to call it for what they are.'
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott called on Labor to stop playing the gender card.
The priority with the gender wars in the current political debate is the outlook for 2013, Mr Oakeshott said.
'I hope we can get through this gender war which seems to be more about positioning for the polls and the next election than it does about standard of living for all Australians in the next 40 to 50 years,' he told ABC Television on Wednesday.
Mr Oakeshott said there was evidence there had been sexism towards Australia's first female prime minister.
'It is disappointing,' he said.
'Culturally, Australia is still grappling with a female prime minister, but in the end there are much bigger and more important debates to be had on the floor of the parliament.'
But Mr Oakeshott rejected claims the opposition leader was a woman hater.
Labor has conducted a campaign against Mr Abbott as being anti-women.
'I know Tony Abbott personally and he doesn't hate women,' he said.
'He plays the politics hard, he oversteps the mark in his language sometime but he does not hate women.'