Australia Comment: The upside to David Leyonhjelm's comments

22:11  06 july  2018
22:11  06 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

Leyonhjelm hurls obscenity at senator

  Leyonhjelm hurls obscenity at senator Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young says Liberal Democrats' David Leyonhjelm told her to stop sh------ men. NSW senator David Leyonhjelm has confirmed he told the Greens' Sarah Hanson-Young to "stop sh------ men" and then swore at her when she confronted him.Senator Hanson-Young told parliament the Liberal Democrats 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 sh------ men, Sarah'," Senator Hanson-Young said."Shocked, I told him he was a creep.

I’m not going to defend David Leyonhjelm . On Sky’s Outsiders program on Sunday, Leyonhjelm doubled down, making some reprehensible comments about Hanson-Young.

Politicians of both major parties have added to calls for David Leyonhjelm to apologise for offensive comments he made about his fellow senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Sarah Hanson-Young says David Leyonhjelm hurled sexist abuse at her during a debate on violence against women. © Fairfax Media Sarah Hanson-Young says David Leyonhjelm hurled sexist abuse at her during a debate on violence against women.

It might be hard to believe right now, but there is an upside to the recent controversy surrounding Senator David Leyonhjelm.

It’s an inadvertent upside, yes. Spreading the love is certainly not his intention. But it’s there.

Leyonhjelm's made a brazen and vile sexist slur against his colleague, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, in which he called to her across the senate chamber to “stop shagging men” (ironically during a debate about violence against women). He later fumbled to justify how it was in response to her allegedly suggesting that "all men are rapists" (there is no evidence of Hanson-Young ever saying this, and she denies the comment).

'It's the last time I'm going to be silent about it'

  'It's the last time I'm going to be silent about it' An emotional Sarah Hanson-Young has called on the Prime Minister to condemn Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm for his “sexist slurs”.At times close to tears, the Greens Senator told the TODAY Show Mr Leyonhjelm wasn’t the only one in the upper house guilty of such behaviour.

Greens senator says David Leyonhjelm ’s sexual slurs are ‘designed to bully’. 'He's brought the entire parliament into disrepute.' @sarahinthesen8 hits back at @DavidLeyonhjelm's comments about her. #abc730 #auspol @LaTrioli pic.twitter.com/Q26I3eapTu.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has urged Senator David Leyonhjelm to withdraw disrespectful comments about Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

When Hanson-Young confronted Leyonhjelm about it, there was no grovelling apology, no standard political defence of "misspeaking" or being quoted out of context. Nope. He told her to "f--- off".

A woman has been abused, vilified and blatantly "slut-shamed" (in her words) with great fervour by a work colleague in front of the nation who, days later, and that colleague is still sticking to his guns.

Hanson-Young swiftly and bravely leapt to her own defence.

“I am not going to be intimidated, I am not going to be bullied,” she said on The Project.

Not surprisingly, many women wouldn’t have the position or, as she herself acknowledged, the platform to speak up or fight back.

“Many women cop sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace and don’t have the ability. I’m doing this for them,” she said.

David Leyonhjelm calls Malcolm Turnbull a 'p----'

  David Leyonhjelm calls Malcolm Turnbull a 'p----' Crossbench senator David Leyonhjelm has described Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as a "p----" in a fiery interview.The Liberal Democratic senator lashed out after Mr Turnbull joined a chorus calling on him to apologise for offensive remarks towards Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

David Leyonhjelm yesterday ­labelled Malcolm Turnbull a “pussy” for urging the Liberal Democrats senator to apologise to Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young fo Melanie Phillips - The World Turned Upside Down - Продолжительность: 1:33:54 TJ Singh टी.जे.

‘If David Leyonhjelm didn’t intuit benefit in being the poor aggrieved contrarian set upon by Hanson-Young, he would have apologised days ago.’ Backlash over sexist comments on Sky News as Hanson-Young goes to law.

Because, far more powerful than women standing up for themselves is women – and men – standing up for other women.

And this parody of Leyonhjelm’s (oh, no, that's right, it was real) has seen a number of people use their privileged platforms to call him out.

Journalist Virginia Trioli sharply took him to task on ABC’s 7.30 about his (still, as yet) baseless claims of Hanson-Young calling men “sexual predators”.

“Do you see, as it would seem virtually everyone in Australia sees right now, how offensive, how inappropriate and hurtful those remarks are?” she asked him.

(He didn’t. Still doesn’t. He declined the opportunity to apologise, as he continues to do.)

Studio Ten co-host Angela Bishop got Leyonhjelm on air to confront him after he called her a “bigoted bitch” on Twitter. No apology there, either.

Her co-host Hugh Riminton chimed in, “Why call her a bitch? Real men don’t call women bitches.” Just in case the senator didn’t know.

How the Leyonhjelm sexism storm unfolded

  How the Leyonhjelm sexism storm unfolded Independent David Leyonhjelm has sparked outrage in a series of events leading to Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young accusing him of s--t-shaming her. MONDAY* Senior Turnbull government ministers and Tony Abbott urge Leyonhjelm to apologise.* Hanson-Young calls for Leyonhjelm to resign.* Hanson-Young sends legal letters to Leyonhjelm, Sky News and 3AW and confirms she will take advice on whether his comments were defamatory.* Leyonhjelm tells her to "bring it on".

David Leyonhjelm has used back-to-back TV interviews to double down on sexist comments he made towards Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young in the Senate last week.

The latest Tweets from David Leyonhjelm (@DavidLeyonhjelm). Liberal Democrats Senator. Will never vote for increase in taxes or reduction in liberty. Blocks ad hom abusers - free speech carries no obligation to listen. Australia.

Then there was Sky News host and former political staffer Peta Credlin who used her air time to launch into a no-holds-barred,  five-minute live editorial on the matter.

As Credlin pointed out, her political views couldn’t be more divergent from Sarah Hanson-Young’s. But when it comes to speaking out against the tired and damaging pattern of sexual innuendo hurled at women in parliament, she stands united.

“It’s a tactic used by mediocre blokes to put women they’re threatened by back in their box,” Credlin said. “This is how the system works for those gutless weaklings unable to beat you on merit. They try to hound you out, shame you, bully you. It’s never about your brain or what you believe but far more personal criticisms designed to wound. Blokes like Leyonhjelm expect you to cower, to pull back, to quit. Which is all the more reason why we shouldn't – in politics or any other area of life”.

She revealed that Senator Leyonhjelm had once tweeted her to "STFU" ("shut the f--- up").

“Good luck with that, you idiot; I won’t,” she retorted.

Hanson-Young ended up tweeting her thanks to Credlin, and to the many others who had stood beside her.

'It's just abuse': Senator fires back at sexist claim

  'It's just abuse': Senator fires back at sexist claim Outspoken Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm denies he targets women and says he abuses people irrespective of gender. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young broke down talking about the abuse she copped from Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm. Picture: 9NEWS At war with the Greens Sarah Hanson-Young, over alleged "sexual slurs" against her, Mr Leyonhjem said he calls people "bastards" or "bitches" regardless of their sex."It's just abuse," he told ABC radio.He said he had previously abused journalists and Tony Abbott's former chief-of-staff Peta Credlin.

Emotional Sarah Hanson-Young says Senator David Leyonhjelm is 'slut shaming' her with his comments about her 'shagging men' - as Malcolm Turnbull finally breaks his silence over the slurs.

Comments & replies. Representatives from both sides of politics unite on Monday’s ABC show in their call for Senator David Leyonhjelm to apologise for his controversial remarks to Sarah Hanson-Young.

Peta Credlin, like many women, is fired up because she’s been there. And, until recently, like most women, she didn’t have a public platform to say so or call perpetrators to account.

That’s the silver lining in all of this.

When men behave badly, women are letting it be known they’ll no longer sit back and let it wash.

When sexism and abuse are dished out, there can be an opposite, more powerful, reaction. We’ve seen it with #MeToo and #TimesUp and Australia’s #NOW campaign. We saw it when millions marched around the world in protest against US President Donald Trump’s shameless misogyny.

And we’ve seen it this week as the sexual slurs against a female politician hurled across the floor of parliament have acted as a unifying force.

If more women with power can find the strength within to fight back when under attack in corridors, offices, or halls of parliament, it might just inspire those who don’t think they have any.

And for men to think twice.

Jacinta Tynan is a Sky News Presenter and Sunday Life columnist @jacintatynan

Sarah Hanson-Young crowdfunds to cover defamation action against David Leyonhjelm .
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young sends an email to supporters asking for $20 donations, as she plans to sue over comments made on television and radio about her sex life. David Leyonhjelm's comments came after the Greens senator said he was "s--t shaming" her, when he told her to "stop s------g men" during a parliamentary debate about violence against women.She has now sent an email to supporters, asking for $20 donations."A crowdfunding campaign has been set up thanks to Emeritus Professor Simon Chapman AO and author Jane Caro, to help cover legal costs," the email states.

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