Liberal MP Nicolle Flint has described sickening rape and deaths threats against her from left-wing activists and urged Labor, GetUp and the unions to speak up when conservative women are attacked.
The outgoing MP for Boothby in South Australia faced a targeted campaign by left-wing group GetUp during the 2019 election.
She was intimidated and stalked, abused online and had her electorate office vandalised with sexist graffiti saying ‘skank’ and ‘prostitute’.
Liberal MP Nicolle Flint has described sickening rape and deaths threats against her
In her farewell speech to Parliament on Wednesday, Ms Flint said she was subjected to ‘repetitive, sickening, sexist and misogynistic abuse’.
She revealed the ‘dangerous behaviour’ started just before the 2019 election and ‘has not stopped since’.
‘Men on the Left, some of whom are public figures of influence, have done the following – they have stalked me, suggested I should be strangled, criticised the clothes I wear and the way I look, called me a whiny little bitch repeatedly, repeatedly called me weak, a s**t and much, much worse over email, online on YouTube on Facebook and Twitter,’ she said.
They’ve commented that I should be raped, grudge-f***ed, that I’m doing sexual favours for all my male colleagues
‘They’ve commented that I should be raped, grudge-f***ed, that I’m doing sexual favours for all my male colleagues, that I should be killed, that I should kill myself, and many many more things that I will not repeat.’
Ms Flint, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison sitting right in front of her, then gave a message to the Left of politics.
‘So the Left, to GetUp, Labor and the unions, the left-leaning media, you know exactly who you are, you need to finally show some leadership and put a stop to this sort of behaviour,’ she said.
Earlier this week Liberal Senator Hollies Hughes also said she was sick of the ‘hypocrisy’ of women on the left of politics who speak up for women’s rights while simultaneously attacking conservative women such as Jenny Morrison on social media.
‘It’s the hypocrisy of it. Why is the absolute condemnation of women on the right 100 per cent acceptable,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
Liberal member for Boothby Nicolle Flint makes her valedictory speech in the House of Representatives
Ms Flint was intimidated and stalked, abused online and had her electorate office vandalised with sexist graffiti saying ‘skank’ and ‘prostitute’
In a previous speech in March last year, Ms Flint attacked the Labor Party for failing to speak out and fostering an environment ‘in which hate could flourish’.
She said it was hypocritical of Labor to attack the government over the treatment of women while failing to ‘get its own house in order’.
In a message to Labor leader Anthony Albanese, she said in parliament: ‘I will not be lectured by you, or by anyone on your side of politics about the treatment of women in this place.
‘I ask, the Leader of the Opposition, where was he, and where was his predecessor, and where were all the senior Labor women, when the GetUp, Labor and Union supporters chased, harassed and screamed at me everywhere I went in the lead up to the 2019 election?
‘Where were they when their supporters posted comment after hateful comment on twitter and on my facebook page?
‘Where were they when I was stalked by a creepy old man who worked hand-in glove with GetUp?’
Labor frontbencher Tanya Plibersek said she was not aware of the abuse Ms Flint suffered – but the Liberal MP said this was hard to believe.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison hugs Ms Flint after her valedictory speech in the House
‘I find it hard to believe that as I was one of only seven Liberal Party members on GetUp’s hit list last election she had no knowledge of what was going on, especially as I was the only woman, the only backbencher, and the only one who was not a current or former memberof Cabinet,’ she said.
‘But although I find the Member for Sydney’s personal explanation today more than a little disingenuous, I do not wish to attack her,’ she added.
‘What I say to the Labor Party today is they may not have held the spray can, to vandalise my office with sexist slurs, they may not have held the camera pointed at me by the stalker or called me evil in GetUp’s 100,000 phone calls. But they did create an environment in which hate could flourish.’
Anthony Albanese condemned the behaviour against Ms Flint, telling Radio National last year: ‘It shouldn’t have happened. Full stop. I condemn it. I stand with Nicolle Flint.’
Senator Wong said the campaign was ‘utterly unacceptable’ but said Ms Flint was being ‘unfair’ in blaming Labor politicians.
‘I’d say to Ms Flint, I agree with you, let’s work together to make this a better place for women,’ she said.
Ms Flint, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison sitting right in front of her, gave a message to the Left of politics