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Thursday, 28 June 2018
Page: 4362

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (15:13): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator HANSON-YOUNG: Earlier today, during the motion relating to violence against women, Senator Leyonhjelm yelled an offensive and sexist slur at me from across the chamber. After the vote on the motion was complete, I walked over to the senator and confronted him directly. I asked whether I had heard him correctly. He confirmed that he had yelled, 'You should stop shagging men, Sarah.' Shocked, I told him that he was a creep. His reply was to tell me to 'f… off'. I informed the leader of the Greens, and he has raised it with both Senator Leyonhjelm and the President. I am disappointed that the senator has refused to apologise for this offensive and sexist slur, and I call on him to formally withdraw and apologise directly.