The NSW Police Association is calling for Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm ‘to be sacked’ after he called its members ‘bastards’ for their treatment of footy fans.
The Australian constitution does not allow for senators to be sacked by the government but this has not deterred the irate police officers.
The senator is chairing an inquiry into ‘nanny state’ laws, including police-proposed law changes governing football matches involving the Western Wanderers football club.
According to The Guardian, police intended to ban fans from marching to the ground together, flying banners, clapping with their hands above their head and jumping up and down – although they later backed down from the proposals.
‘There is a saying amongst them that all cops are bastards,’ Leyonhjelm told reporters in Sydney on Tuesday. ‘The cops have earned that label, they have to un-earn it.’
Police Association, Scott Weber, labelled the comments ‘appalling’ and ‘an outrage’.
He demanded Senator Leyonhjelm be removed from the committee and even went so far as to suggest the senate should be abolished.
But the senator stuck to his guns.
‘The police are not our masters. They are our servants and I think they should remember that,’ he said on Wednesday afternoon.