Senator defends his “offensive” tweet hours after reporter’s death

After the news that reporter Rebecca Wilson lost her battle with breast cancer, the outpouring of support for her friends

After the news that reporter Rebecca Wilson lost her battle with breast cancer, the outpouring of support for her friends and family poured out over social media. However, a tweet that many of labelled as “disgusting” and “disrespectful” by NSW Liberal Democratic Party Senator David Leyonhjelm have forced him to defend his action amid a media backlash.

David’s tweet, which was posted moments after her death was announced, said: “Doubt there’ll be many #WSW [Western Sydney Wanderers] fans at Rebecca Wilson’s funeral #innocentlivesdamaged.” David is referring to Rebecca’s public naming of some fans that were allegedly on the Football Federation Australia’s banned list for bad behaviour.

Some would argue that it wasn’t the time or the place and the backlash on the Senator have been large. Some Twitter users claiming that it was “a low thing to say” and that David should “Have a little respect”. Many others believed it was “incredibly poor conduct from a public figure” and “Embarrassing.” One Twitter user even just tweeted “You’re a scumbag, mate.”

David has come to the defence of his actions in a statement to the press. In the statement, David said, “Death does not suddenly absolve us of what we did when we were alive.

“Western Sydney Wanderers fans never forgot Wilson’s failure to check facts or shabby treatment… I do not expect them to attend her funeral. If you think that’s offensive, you need to get out more.”

What do you think? Should David have kept his feelings to himself for the time being or was he doing what he thought was right?


      Norm – if you’re going to make insulting comments then at least take notice of the “spellcheck” feature on your computer. Your ‘thoughtful’ 3 word comment does nothing but make YOU look like a bit of a nong !
      Nevertheless, I do agree with most people that the Senator’s comment was indeed somewhat thoughtless and mistimed.

      • Warren  

        Guy, some people purposely misspell words, because the ‘system’ wipes them out as ‘naughty words’, if spelled correctly!

    • Sharon Walsh  

      Exactly, he should have kept his mouth shut.

    • Murray Dickson  

      Death won’t absolve him of his disgusting comments but when it overtakes him, I trust they’ll cremate him because not even the Maggots will want him, he’s a putrid bag of Puke!

  1. Denny Rosey  

    An extraordinarily nasty comment from a politician who again shows no self-restraint, compassion or grace. His opinions are redundant as ever.

  2. Christine Phillips  

    Simple decency should have dictated keeping quiet. She may be dead but you are still alive, scumbag. The western Sydney Wanderers did, in fact, have a quite large element of hooliganism and trying to pretend otherwise is just dishonest. But of course, you’re a Senator. Self-explanatory really

    • I agree that the comments were in extremely bad taste and should have been kept to himself, where is the diplomacy that we pay you to show,
      “Never kick a man when he is down”
      Bit like the cowards punch !!!!

  3. maureen mcilwrath  

    Typical liberal

    • Alex  

      He’s not a Liberal. He a liberal democrat. Completely different party.

    • S souter  

      No it’s not typical Liberal. Don’t generalise makes you look just as bad as him. What it is is a person without thought or compassion for a grieving family.

  4. Barbara Tregeagle  

    Shouldn’t imagine many would attend your funeral either scumbag…its called respect for her family

  5. Marilyn Dew  

    What a tosser, no compassion

  6. Michael Dalziel  

    there’s a time and place for every comment and this was in poor taste and said at the wrong time, he should have more sense ,but then he’s a politician and they always open their mouth s before their brain has a chance to catch up. This was not the time to say this, if at all. if you can’t say something good about someone don’t say anything at all.

  7. chris  

    oh wow coming from a pollie i`m not surprised what a dirty rotten scumbag wonder how your family would like it tweeted about you , in fact i will remember you and tweet something far worse , see how your family will like it, you look disgusting and a pig , Karma will get you , th family wouldnt want you or the spectators at the funeral, David be careful what you say as your family will be in for shock with the comments you have made , there will be trouble in paradise\

    • Please don’t. You wouldn’t want to be on the same level as him. What a horrible way to conduct himself.

  8. Una  

    Absolutely no respect for the family he should ashamed of himself RIP Rebecca……

  9. De White  

    If he felt so strongly about her actions, why dodn’t he comment while she was still alive? Then she could have responded/defended herself….. this is a coward’s action,, which doesn’t cover him with glory!

    • Robert Haile  

      You are exactly right.

      • Sandy Balfour  

        Absolutely agree with De White.

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