Australia senator sues opponent over ‘sexist slurs’

Symbol copyright EPA Symbol caption Mr Leyonhjelm has acknowledged his remarks but declines to apologise

“I Am calling this out as it is incorrect,” she mentioned in an announcement on Thursday.

“No woman, whether or not she be working in the back of a bar, in an place of business or in the Parliament, merits to be treated this manner, and it needs to stop.”

The feud among the two senators has induced renewed public discussion approximately sexism in Australian politics. Women make up lower than 3rd of parliament.

Lawyers for Ms Hanson-Young filed complaints within the Federal Court of Australia on Wednesday. The senator mentioned she may have preferred an apology in preference to criminal action.

Mr Leyonhjelm has consistently refused to apologise, in spite of calls to accomplish that from different politicians together with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

He has said his feedback within the Senate have been in reaction to Ms Hanson-Younger announcing “phrases to the effect that all men are rapists”. Ms Hanson-Younger has strongly denied making this sort of remark.

Both senators have had online fundraisers arrange for them by way of contributors of the public to help pay felony fees.

Ms Hanson-Younger has so far gained on the subject of A$60,000 (£35,000; $44,000) in donations even as Mr Leyonhjelm has A$27,000.

The Vegetables senator has pledged to donate any damages she wins to women’s charities.

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