David Leyonhjelm revives fight with Sarah Hanson-Young

David Leyonhjelm revives fight with Sarah Hanson-Young, by Rosie Lewis.

The parliamentary library research, commissioned by Senator Leyonhjelm and obtained by The Australian, found Senator Hanson-Young was asked to withdraw comments at least 26 times since 2012. …

Examples of unparliamentary language spoken by Senator Hanson-Young that she was asked to withdraw included calling then Immigration Minister Peter Dutton a “racist bigot”, telling Nationals senator Barry O’Sullivan he was “corrupt” and accusing Liberal senator Jim Molan of “supporting white supremacists”. …

By comparison Senator Leyonhjelm was asked to withdraw one comment — from Senator Hanson-Young — after he told her to “stop shagging men” during a debate about arming women with weapons for their safety.

The remark, made late last month, triggered a bitter feud between the two senators. …

David Leyonhjelm

“Senator Hanson-Young is fond of dishing out undergraduate insults but cries foul when she gets a return serve, responding with faux indignant outrage, tears and tantrums. It’s a double standard in the chamber and quite frankly there’s a fair few of us that have had enough.”

Senator Leyonhjelm claimed he made the “shagging” comment because Senator Hanson-Young had implied during the parliamentary debate that “all men are rapists” — an assertion which she has rejected.