David Leyonhjelm

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David Leyonhjelm usually sledges pesky reporters and tells them to fuck off

David Leyonhjelm usually sledges pesky reporters and tells them to fuck off

Peter FitzSimons is normally a top bloke who calls a spade a bloody shovel. He is also one who like a good sledge himself.

But he has gotten all pissy over an email he received from Aussie?Senator David?Leyonhjelm whose office responded to enquiries with a brilliant sledge.

The nastiest, most sexist politician in Australia right now?

It is a tough one, but I am going to go with Senator David?Leyonhjelm.

An elderly female reader, Elizabeth Donelan,?took exception to the following comments from the Senator, defending Donald Trump’s admission of sexual assault, where he said of the Republican presidential candidate:?”He is a man of his times, perhaps. So perhaps you could cut him a little bit of slack.” ? Read more »

Goodyear sacks an employee for being a sporting shooter

Goodyear has a bit of a problem on their hands. One of their Australian employees has been sacked because he is a sporting shooter.

That is bad enough, but the case has now come to the attention of The Firearm Blog, one of the most respected and popular firearms blogs in the world, let alone the US.

David Waters, one of the top shooters in?Australian, competes regularly in high-power shooting competitions in the USA. In 2008 he became the first non-US citizen to be awarded the?Distinguished Rifleman Badge by the CMP.

A mechanical engineer by profession, he has worked for?Goodyear in Australia for the past 12 years until earlier this year when he was fired. ?? Read more »

Beware the dangers of the nanny state

David Leyonhjelm is Liberal Democrats senator for NSW and has written an opinion piece about the dangers and stupidity of the nanny state in?the?Sydney Morning Herald:

The day before my motion to establish an inquiry into the nanny state passed the Senate, the NSW Parliament enacted legislation that means e-cigarettes will be treated in the same way as tobacco products. The new laws not only restrict the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, but prevent them being advertised and displayed.

It is already illegal to sell e-liquids containing nicotine in Australia, despite nicotine being safe enough to use in patches and gums ? standard quitting aids that, incidentally, are heavily advertised. The new laws will send vaping shops broke, while smokers will lose access to probably the most effective quitting aid of all.

All this reinforced the need for an inquiry.

Public health policy is now way beyond its original remit and has become a form of puritanism. Much of the opposition to e-cigarettes arises from the fact that they are pleasant to use. Like the puritans of yore, public health mandarins are haunted by the thought that someone, somewhere, is having a good time.

During debate around the e-cigarette legislation, it was salutary to note how public health on the left joined hands with prohibition on the right, exemplified by extensive co-operation and much mutual back-scratching between Jeremy Buckingham of the Greens and Fred Nile of the Christian Democrats.

The Senate inquiry I’ll be chairing ? to give it its full name, “into measures introduced to restrict personal choice ‘for the individual’s own good’ ” ? is not just concerned with e-cigarettes or tobacco.

I want to engage in a serious and thoughtful examination of lockout laws and other restrictions on the service of alcohol, the cost of prosecuting recreational cannabis users, the effect mandatory helmet law has on cycling and the often demented arguments surrounding video game classification.

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A good keen bloke not afraid to call things as he sees them

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 »

Aussie senator thanks smokers for their continued generosity

I’ve long said that smokers should be the ones with a Gold Card not bludging pensioners.

Liberal Democratic Party Senator David Leyonhjelm has quoted South Park while thanking the “truly staggering” generosity of smokers who, according to his figures, pay 17 times more in tax than they cost in health and bushfire fighting.

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Medicinal Cannabis coming to Australia

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As more states and countries around the world start legalising cannabis the pressure is going to come on John Key to look at legalisation of cannabis sooner rather than later.

Tony Abbott is a convert and his government is moving to legislate for the introduction of medicinal cannabis.

The federal government would be given oversight over the production and distribution of medical cannabis under new legislation to make the make the drug available to patients with chronic pain.

The push to legalise medical cannabis is gathering pace, with Greens Senator Richard Di Natale, chairman of the cross-party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy and Law Reform, now finalising a bill that is set to be introduced into Parliament next month.

Supporters of legalised medical cannabis have been buoyed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s strong public support for the legalisation of the drug for medical use.

“I have no problem with the medical use of cannabis, just as I have no problem with the medical use of opiates,” Mr Abbott wrote in a letter to 2GB radio host Alan Jones, dated August 23.

“If a drug is needed for a valid medicinal purpose ? and is being administered safely there should be no question of its legality.”

Jones, who has been campaigning in support of medical cannabis, read Mr Abbott’s letter on air earlier this month.

Senator Di Natale, a former GP, is also pushing for the Therapeutic Goods Administration to create a special category for the drug so that it can be available with a doctor’s prescription. The TGA currently lists cannabis as a prohibited substance. ? Read more »

Australian Politician Tells it How it is

Bureaucrats are the same the world over. They think they know best, and as they?re the ones advising Government Ministers, they think they have the authority over what?s right and what?s wrong.

Public health troughers are the same, particularly as they try and get the government to introduce plain packaging for tobacco and?lobby the government for fat and sugar taxes over soft drinks.

Occasionally a politician peers through the wool that is being pulled over their eyes by their officials and by troughers sucking on the taxpayers? tit.

Last week David Leyonhjelm, Australian Liberal Democrat senator for NSW did exactly that, and on an issue that is sure to get the health zealots all fired up, by writing a piece in the Australian Financial Review titled ?E-cigarettes at mercy of bureaucrats who ban by default?.

The honesty is refreshing and is an example politicians in NZ should look to for inspiration, instead of being captured by the health bureaucrats.

He talks about how the health bureaucrats have got the whole debate on e-cigs wrong in Australia, David Leyonhjelm had some cracker lines:

It seems everything is illegal in Australia unless a bureaucrat gives permission. What?s worse, you have to go to the trouble and expense of asking for permission, because if bureaucrats were proactive they would run the risk of serving the public.

A good example is the case of e-cigarettes. These inhalers deliver a warm puff of nicotine, without the carcinogenic tar and industrial solvents of cigarette smoke. Alternatively, they can deliver a puff of anything else you could wish for, such as the flavour of chocolate or whisky. ? Read more »

The party of perverts, pimps and prostitutes

Honest politicians are few and far between, it is a pleasure to see what sort of mayhem, they can cause when they upset the old boys.

In Australia there the Sex Party and one of their people is set to become a senator and proposing the legalisation of cannabis. However they could have had more senators if their preference deal hadn’t gone wonky.

Mr Swan, co-founder of the short-lived but controversial magazine Matilda in the 1980s, said the results of the Sex Party nationally was harmed by a bungled preferencing agreement.

Mr Swan said Sex Party leader Fiona Patten would be a senator for Victoria now if it was not for a preferencing deal gone wrong with the Liberal Democrats.

As previously reported, the two parties have had a falling out after the Liberal Democrats failed to uphold its side of the bargain and lodge a group voting ticket in Victoria.? Read more »

NSW elects pro-gun advocate to Senate

NSW has elected pro-gun advocate?David Leyonhjelm to the Senate….a man who believes citizens should be able to protect themselves….with guns.

The man elected to take one of six Senate seats in New South Wales says allowing the general public to carry weapons is one way of curbing gun crime in western Sydney.

Voters in New South Wales have chosen Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm for the Senate after the party appeared in the top left hand corner of ballot papers.

The seldom-mentioned party?gained 8.89 per cent of the initial vote allocation, ahead of the Greens’ 7.77 per cent.

The party, which believes in social libertarianism, a free market economy and small government now joins a key group of minor party and independent senators set to hold the balance of power after July next year.

Mr Leyonhjelm is a former vet who runs an agribusiness consulting company in Sydney.? Read more »