Australian senator accused of 'slut-shaming' parliamentarian

2018-07-03 13:35
Australian senator David Leyonhjelm. (Mark Graham/AFP)

Australian senator David Leyonhjelm. (Mark Graham/AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Sydney – An Australian senator has been accused of "slut-shaming" a fellow parliamentarian after telling her to "stop shagging men" in a grubby dispute that on Tuesday saw the prime minister demand an apology.

David Leyonhjelm made the derogatory remarks about fellow senator Sarah Hanson-Young during a heated debate in parliament's upper house last week about legalising pepper spray to protect women.

He reportedly told her to "fuck off" when she confronted him over the incident.

ALSO READ: Australian PM to deliver formal apology to child sex victims

Leyonhjelm, who does not dispute what happened, repeated his comments and aired other rumours about Hanson-Young in a weekend television interview while refusing to apologise.

Hanson-Young, who is divorced, is threatening to sue him and Sky News, the network that aired the interview.

"David Leyonhjelm is suggesting – because he can't win an argument, he wants to bully – that I am sexually promiscuous," Hanson-Young told broadcaster ABC on Tuesday.

'Appalling comments'

"He is slut-shaming me. That is what he is doing."

Sky News has since apologised and suspended a producer for allowing the "appalling comments" to be broadcast.

Leyonhjelm has defended himself, claiming his comment was "legitimate" and that prior to his outburst, Hanson-Young claimed "all men are rapists", a remark she denies making.

"I am opposed to misandry, just as I am to misogyny and I am also entitled to call out double standards," Leyonhjelm said.

ALSO READ: Australian supermarket staff attacked in free bag ban anger

"So arguing on the one hand that all men are evil, the enemy, they're rapists and sexual predators. And on the other hand, having normal relationships with men, obviously is contradictory and I can call it out."

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called on Leyonhjelm to apologise.

"David Leyonhjelm's offensive remarks should have been withdrawn the moment they were uttered," he said.

"It is not too late for him to withdraw and apologise, that type of language has no place in parliament and it shouldn't have a place in any workplace."

Read more on:    australia  |  sexism  |  politics

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
 

How your dog can tell what you’re feeling

Researchers have found a specific area in a dog’s brain that recognises human faces – a finding that may help to explain why dogs are so sensitive to human social cues.

 

Paws

Share your 67 minutes with animals in need this Mandela Day
Kevin Anderson’s dog is winning at Instagram!
Kim Kardashian-West buys fake testicles to boost her dog’s self-esteem
10 tips on exercising your dog
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.