Sarah Hanson-Young legal fund

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There has been enormous expression of public outrage about a comment made by Senator David Leyonhjelm to Senator Sarah Hanson-Young when he said to her during a division in the Senate chamber on Thursday, June 28, “You should stop shagging men, Sarah”.

On Sunday, July 1, Leyonhjelm expanded on his remark on Sky News during an interview with Rowan Dean and Ross Cameron, which resulted in a highly offensive and quite possibly defamatory discussion about Senator Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young has commenced private defamation proceedings against Leyonhjelm.

In her press statement she said:

It is a sad reflection on society that even in 2018, attacks like these occur to women after they have spoken out about sexism, sexual harassment and abuse in their workplace and daily lives.

Last week I confronted Senator Leyonhjelm for comments he made to me in the Senate chamber.  It is greatly disappointing and it sends a damaging message to our community that Senator Leyonhjelm has been given multiple platforms to continue making these harmful remarks.

As a woman, a sister, and a mother, I have a responsibility to stand up against this treatment. I will not be intimidated or bullied by offensive and sexist slurs on my professional reputation.”

The costs of this action, should her action fail in court, will be borne by her. The risk of such costs can be a huge deterrent to those seeking redress in defamation cases.

If you share our disgust at Leyonhjelm’s words and want to help Sarah insulate herself from what can be considerable legal expenses, please join us in contributing to a legal support fund* in this matter.

Should, as we trust, she win her action and the court orders Leyonhjelm to pay all court and legal costs, all funds collected will be divided evenly between two charities:

Plan International 
Working Women’s Centre, SA 

Jane Caro, author and commentator
Emeritus Professor Simon Chapman AO




*Please note, Senator Hanson-Young is required to list all donations above $300 on the Senator’s register of interests.
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Dear all,

I’ve got some good news to share with you.
Yesterday the Federal Court rejected Senator Leyonhjelm’s bid to have our defamation case against him thrown out and ordered him to pay costs. This is a big victory, with the judge finding there are grounds for the case to proceed. The next hearing will take place in the Federal Court on December 18.

This is about making a stand for fairness for all Australians, for decent women and men who know this kind of behaviour is unacceptable. Not everyone is in a position to call it out, but thanks to the support of people like you we can make sure that we send a strong message that we’ve had enough.

Women everywhere deserve to feel safe and respected in their workplaces and to be free from shaming behaviour. This win on the road to, what I hope and trust, will be a successful case is thanks to you and your support.

You have my sincerest thanks,
Sarah
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Hello,

The last few months in politics has thrown bullying, sexism and the respect of women in their workplaces into the limelight. It has shown there is a darker side to what goes on in Parliament, that we all need to confront.

My legal action against Senator David Leyonhjelm is progressing and so far has had one court hearing in Adelaide. A second court date is set for later this month.

It was always my preference for Senator Leyonhjelm to apologise, and to avoid court action entirely. But he has constantly refused this request, and has doubled-down in his harmful comments about me and my character.

This month, my book En Garde has hit the shelves. I will be launching En Garde in conversation with journalist Sarah MacDonald, at Glee Books in Sydney this Saturday, October 13. If you’re in town, I would love to see you there! You can RSVP here.

I’m proud and privileged to be able to share my experiences of sexism and bullying I’ve encountered in the workplace, to contribute to this important national conversation.

It is for the next generation of working women that makes it so important to stand up to the bullies in our workplaces, and in our Parliament. My daughter inspires me to stand up every day, and your support allows me to keep working for a better tomorrow.

The more female representation we see in parliaments, the better it will be for our whole society.

We’re all in this together. Thank you again for your support.

Warm regards,
Sarah.
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Hello,

I am writing today to send you my heartfelt thanks for your donation to the GoFundMe campaign set up by Simon Chapman AO and Jane Caro to help fund the legal case against David Leyonhjelm. It’s been an incredibly tough few weeks and your support and encouragement has helped keep me strong.

As of yesterday, the legal team has filed defamation proceedings against Senator Leyonhjelm after his refusal to apologise. I am able to call out, and act on this sexist and reprehensible behaviour thanks to your generosity.

This week, radio station 3AW apologised for giving Senator Leyonhjelm a platform to repeat the appalling comments he has made in the media. The hosts’ acknowledgement that Senator Leyonhjelm crossed the line and was defamatory is a welcome development.

While the Court cannot compel Senator Leyonhjelm to apologise, it does have the power to award damages in my favour which I pledge to donate to two very worth organisations - Plan International and the Working Women's Centre SA.

These two organisations are at the coalface of supporting and defending women in the work place. It is for the women they assist and fight for on a daily basis that I am pursuing this case.

Thank you again for the contribution you’ve made to this important fight, and for your encouragement to keep going.

If you would like to keep updated about future developments or hear more about my work in the Senate, please sign up at www.sarahhansonyoung.com

Warm regards,
Sarah.
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