Greens leader Christine Milne has accused Opposition Leader Tony Abbott of being a "hyper-masculine" perpetrator of sexism in Parliament, even though she says he doesn't realise it half the time.
Senator Milne told The National Times that all female parliamentarians experience sexism, including Prime Minister Julia Gillard and herself: "That's the reality."
She said Mr Abbott specifically was part of the problem, along with people such as shock-jocks, but that his comments were deliberate only some of the time.
"Half the time I don't think he even realises it," she said.
Senator Milne said: "He [Mr Abbott] very much epitomises the hyper-masculine style of male politician … and he trades on that.
"His attitude to women is very much of the male dominated, male protection, the father looking after the women as very much the secondary players ... and no amount of bringing his wife into the public arena is going to change people's perception of the kinds of remarks he makes."
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