Aussie politics is a thing of beauty, raw, unblemished and visceral.
Like David Leyonhjelm, the Liberal Democrats senator for NSW…who isn’t afraid to call things as he sees them and is unapologetic about his views.
Crossbench senator David Leyonhjelm says he can’t recall whether he once referred to former prime minister Julia Gillard as a “mangy dog” but says he “doesn’t give a f—” about it either way.
Senator Leyonhjelm posted the comments in 2011, before his election to Parliament, on the blog site Catallaxy Files.
Another comment he posted in the same year on breast cancer awareness day included a crude joke saying “It’s not enough to perve” and advocating groping a woman’s breasts instead.
When contacted by Fairfax Media to confirm if he authored the comments, Senator Leyonhjelm confirmed he published the breast awareness joke but could not recall if he had called Ms Gillard a “mangy dog”.
But the Liberal Democrats senator for NSW said critics should “get real” and that it was “absolute crap” to expect politicians not to say things an ordinary voter wouldn’t say.
“I don’t remember [writing] it but I don’t give a f— if I did,” he said.
“Get real, Australians are rude about their elected politicians,” he said.
“Calling Gillard a mangy dog is mild and absolutely nothing compared to what others have said about her and what people say about Tony Abbott,” Senator Leyonhjelm said. Read more »