Leyonhjelm told Hanson-Young to ‘stop shagging men’
Liberal Democratic Party senator David Leyonhjelm has confirmed he told the Greens’ Sarah Hanson-Young to “stop shagging men” and then swore at her when she confronted him.
Senator Hanson-Young yesterday told parliament the LDP senator made the remark during a vote on a motion about arming women with Tasers to combat violence.
“I asked whether I heard him correctly; he confirmed he yelled ‘you should stop shagging men, Sarah’,” Senator Hanson-Young said. “Shocked, I told him he was a creep. His reply was to tell me to ‘f..k off’.”
Senate president Scott Ryan asked Senator Leyonhjelm to apologise but he refused.
Senator Leyonhjelm said he was responding to Senator Hanson-Young’s interjection, which was “along the lines of all men being rapists”.
“I responded by suggesting that if this was the case she should stop shagging men. I did not yell at her,” Senator Leyonhjelm said. “Following the division, Senator Hanson-Young approached me and called me a creep. I told her to f..k off.”
He said that if the Greens senator took offence, it was an issue for her. “I am prepared to rephrase my comments. I strongly urge Senator Hanson-Young to continue shagging men as she pleases,” Senator Leyonhjelm said.
Senator Hanson-Young described the comments as sexist and offensive, adding she was disappointed Senator Leyonhjelm had not apologised.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale has approached Senator Ryan over the incident.