Media release: Leyonhjelm to defend defamation case

7 November 2018

Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm has confirmed that today’s decision by the Federal Court not to halt Sarah Hanson-Young’s defamation action against him will not affect his determination to win.

“As petty and as pointless as this legal action is, I’m looking forward to the opportunity of exposing Senator Hanson-Young’s hypocrisy in a court of law,” Senator Leyonhjelm said.

“When her action ultimately fails, which it surely will, I hope she will apologise to all those members of the public she hoodwinked into donating money to fund her childish personal vendetta against me.

“I’m sure there are quite a few of her former supporters who are not impressed with the way she is misrepresenting the case in the media and will be wanting a refund. I will be seeking costs.”

Senator Leyonhjelm said Senator Hanson-Young’s decision to sue him after he told her to “stop shagging men” on the Senate floor has set a worrying precedent. The remark was in response to comments made by the Greens senator that men are collectively responsible for the sexual assault of women.

“Politicians should not be in the business of suing other politicians, nor should they be coerced into censoring their opinions for fear of legal action.

“I will continue to call out misandry and hypocrisy wherever I see it, and fight for the protection of free speech that is so essential in an open democracy.”

The hearing will begin in the Federal Court inSouth Australia on 18 December.

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