Senator abused: ‘You should stop shagging men’
A NEW South Wales Senator has confirmed he used shocking unparliamentary language while attacking his South Australian Greens counterpart Sarah Hanson-Young and then swore at her when she confronted him.
Liberal Democratic Party senator David Leyonhjelm admitted he told Senator Hanson-Young to "stop shagging men" and then told her to "f**k off".
Senator Hanson-Young told Parliament that Senator Leyonhjelm 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 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.