Labor appears to have eased back on the so-called gender wars with Finance Minister Penny Wong declaring no one wants that type of conflict.
The call follows a tumultuous week in federal politics in which Prime Minister Julia Gillard branded Opposition Leader Tony Abbott sexist and misogynist.
Ms Gillard was in turn branded a hypocrite for backing former Speaker Peter Slipper after the opposition demanded he be sacked for sending offensive text messages referring to female genitalia.
Treasurer Wayne Swan was attacked after he attended a function where a union official made an off-colour joke about Mr Abbott and his female chief of staff.
Senator Wong said she didn't want a war.
"I don't think anybody wants a gender war as you coin it," she told Sky News.
Senator Wong said she didn't want to be in a situation where failing to react to every single inappropriate remark meant she was insufficiently feminist or wasn't standing up for women rights.
"Every day we have to make decisions about what we say, what we criticise and what we don't speak out on," she said.
Both Ms Gillard and Mr Abbott have been in Indonesia attending commemorations of the 10th anniversary of the 2002 Bali terror attacks. Neither has raised Australian politics in their media appearances.
However deputy opposition leader Julie Bishop told a Victorian Liberal Party function on Saturday that Ms Gillard should apologise to Mr Abbott for calling him sexist.
"It is a vile slur. She (the prime minister) should apologise to the women in Tony Abbott's life and she should withdraw it," Ms Bishop said.
In another conciliatory gesture, Trade Minister Craig Emerson said it was still possible to conduct a civil discourse on important policy issues with those on the other side of politics, even by way of social media.
He cited his Twitter exchanges with Tom Murphy at the height of the row over broadcaster Alan Jones, on the arcane subject of wages overhang in economic policy.
"You see, Tom Murphy is a 17-year-old Young Liberal from Western Australia. Not the type who whooped it up at the Jones function, but a young man with a genuine interest in policy and our country's future," he said in an opinion piece published in The Australian newspaper.
"Tom finished the conversation by expressing the hope that he might meet me one day. I'd like that, Tom. You are an adornment to your party and to your family."