So Troy Buswell, the not-so-shiny new leader of the Liberal* Party in Western Australia, has got a pretty serious case of foot-in-mouth disease.
You may remember Troy from such episodes as “Snapping open the Bra of a Labor Party Staffer in Parliamentary Chambers”, and “Sexually Harassing Carine MP Katie Hodson-Thomas”.
Now Troy has revealed that more of his grimy past is likely to come to light. But it’s everyone else’s fault – for remembering it. Guess they just weren’t trashed enough at the time, eh?
New WA Liberal Party leader Troy Buswell admits that more reports of his past sleazy behaviour are likely to surface in coming months.
And Carine MP Katie Hodson-Thomas has revealed that inappropriate comments Mr Buswell made to her were of a sexual nature and directed at her, not merely sexist remarks as reported.
In a frank interview, Mr Buswell, who won this week’s leadership contest, conceded: “There may well be people out there with … a nasty memory who want to bring things to the public attention.
[Hodson-Thomas] told The Sunday Times:
“(Mr Buswell’s comments) were of a sexual nature. Involving me. He had been drinking. It was offensive enough for me to indicate to the party room that I wouldn’t tolerate that behaviour any more. In no other workplace would that be acceptable behaviour.”
[Buswell,] Asked what the comments were and whether they were of sexual nature, he answered: “I can’t recall.”
“I acknowledge that my … natural exuberance may have caused me in the past to do things or say things which have caused offence to people.”
Boys will be boys, eh? It’s just natural exuberance! Let’s just forget about it, and shoot them to the political top!
* where “Liberal” = conservative