Australia: Sarah Hanson-Young rejects Senator David Leyonhjelm’s list of demands for an apology

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'DAVID Leyonhjelm has unearthed a past video of Senator Sarah Hanson-Young that he says shows her making comments similar to those he took offence to.

The Liberal Democrat senator has been under fire after telling Ms Hanson-Young to “stop shagging men” during a debate in the Senate about his proposal to let women carry pepper spray and mace.

Mr Leyonhjelm has said his comment was in response to misandry from the Greens senator and while he can’t remember her exact words, he said they implied all men were rapists.

While there is no record of the exact exchange in the Senate, Mr Leyonhjelm has unearthed an interview from last month that he says illustrates Ms Hanson-Young’s offensive attitude.

“What she did — in effect — was say that all men are rapists, that all men are responsible for Eurydice (Dixon). That was essentially what I was reacting to in the chamber — words along the same lines,” Mr Leyonhjelm told
“What on Earth is going on in this country when women cannot walk home safely … I think it is really time that we confront this,” Ms Hanson-Young said.

“As parents we need to teach our sons and our boys in our families to respect girls and women, and we need to make sure that we call out lewd behaviour and sexist behaviour when we see it.”

In particular Mr Leyonhjelm pointed out two comments made by Ms Hanson-Young as illustrating his point: “I think women around this country are sick and tired of being made to feel responsible for the fact that men cannot control themselves and deal with their own issues,” Ms Hanson-Young said.

“It is not women’s fault that men behave like morons and like pigs, it is time that these people are held to account and we call out this type of behaviour.”

Mr Leyonhjelm continues to reject Ms Hanson-Young’s denials that she never said all men were rapists.'

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