Senator David Leyonhjelm in abusive email exchange with constituent

NSW Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm.
NSW Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm.

POTTY-mouthed Senator David Leyonhjelm is unrepentant after calling an abusive correspondent a “communist turd”.


The libertarian Senator has confirmed he also told a constituent to go away – in graphic terms – in an expletive-filled rant on his taxpayer-funded email account.

Senator Leyonhjelm’s correspondence was then published on a blog by the target of his abuse, who suggested his suggestion that he “go f— yourself’’ represented a suggestion that he “self harm”.

The row erupted after anti-discrimination campaigner and gay activist Gary Burns emailed NSW Senator Leyonhjelm and South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi.

In the email, Mr Burns opening salvo was to describe the MPs as “you two unAustralian pathetic little turds”.

He warned that if they allowed anyone to publish images ridiculing Jews or Muslims they would be in contempt of the anti-discrimination laws.

Senator Leyonhjelm returned fire, observing he was a “communist turd”, prompting some support from libertarians on Twitter.

But Mr Burns said: “This is the same imbecile calling for Australians to carry guns.”

“This boofhead is not a fit or proper person to represent the good people of NSW. I’ve been called many things in life but never a communist,” he said.

“When I received the offensive email from the Senator I was so shocked I clutched my pearls and reached for the smelling salts.”

Mr Burns has previously sued broadcaster John Laws under the Anti-Discrimination Act for calling gay men “pillow biters”.

“Senator Leyonhjelm’s credibility as a Member of the Australian Parliament wouldn’t be capable of buttering a plate of parnsips for the dinner table. The idiot should go and live on Gobo Island with a pet sheep,” he said.

In response, the NSW Senator fired off a second email to Mr Burns encouraging him to take the action he suggested earlier.

“Dear Gary. It appears you have not yet acted on my advice. Please do so. Go f— yourself as soon as possible. The world will be a better place,” it said.

A spokesman for Senator Leyonhjelm confirmed the emails were written by him.



Pro-gun cross-bench senator David Leyonhjelm’s call for more Australians to carry guns has taken a particular dislike to my message of wanting a harmonious Multicultural Australia, has now suggest I self harm myself, by penetrating my anus..
In what can only be described as an horrendous attack on myself, not only Senator David Leyonjhelm’s personal abusive and disgusting innuendo I am dealing with, there are also other parties wishing the same disgusting outcome to my person., an organisation that prides itself on mentoring younger adults, has emailed me other disgusting suggestions I should perform…Someone within that organisation that has access to their email address , has sent numerous emails.
I am now in fear of my life and will be pursuing the NSW Police to see if I can obtain Apprehension Violence Orders against Senator David leyonjhelm and the person at
Garry Burns

…and Another Offensive email From Senator David Leyonhjelm

From: “Leyonhjelm, David (Senator)” <>

Subject: Re: HERE IT IS – The “Go Fuck Yourself” Email from Senator Levonhjelm | Gary Burns – Anti-Discrimination Campaigner

Date: 15 January 2015 2:40:14 pm AEDT

To: Garry Burns

Dear Gary,

It appears you have not yet acted on my advice. Please do so. Go fuck yourself as soon as possible. The world will be a better place.


David Leyonhjelm

Liberal Democrats Senator for NSW

Parliament House (02) 6277 3054

Electorate Office (02) 9719 1078; 1300 884 092