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A Coalition senator has stood by a tweet encouraging a former Liberal staffer who accused a minister of bullying her during their affair to get ‘lots of therapy’.

Hollie Hughes tweeted Rachelle Miller on Monday night in response to what she described as a series of messages on several social media platforms.

‘Wow – you have some serious issues! Honey, lots of therapy,’ she wrote.

Senator Hughes then went on to describe Ms Miller’s abuse accusations against suspended education minister Alan Tudge as ‘unfounded’ and criticised her for not participating in a inquiry into the matter. 

Former Liberal staffer Rachelle Miller accused Alan Tudge MP (pictured together) of abusive affair. He denies all the allegations

Former Liberal staffer Rachelle Miller accused Alan Tudge MP (pictured together) of abusive affair. He denies all the allegations

Former Liberal staffer Rachelle Miller accused Alan Tudge MP (pictured together) of abusive affair. He denies all the allegations

Senator Hughes tweeted this response to Ms Miller on Monday night

Senator Hughes tweeted this response to Ms Miller on Monday night

Senator Hughes tweeted this response to Ms Miller on Monday night

‘Stop making unfounded accusations then hiding behind false legal premises,’ she wrote.

The NSW senator also accused Ms Miller – who has been supported by Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young – of insulting various conservative women.

She urged her to speak out against Victoria premier Daniel Andrews who has denied bullying accusations from state Labor MP Kaushaliya Vaghela.

‘But insulting women who you don’t agree with – you’ll fit right in with your new green mates. I notice silence about Chairman Dan as well,’ Senator Hughes wrote. 

The tweet was immediately criticised by left-wing Twitter users but Senator Hughes did not delete it. 

In a second tweet minutes later, she added: ‘I also stand with Tudgey,’ in reference to Mr Tudge who has strongly denied allegations he emotionally and on one occasion physically abused Ms Miller during their consensual affair while they were both married.

Senator Hughes’ tweet was a reply to a meme sent by Ms Miller which pictured Hyacinth Bucket from hit UK show Keeping Up Appearances. 

‘Been bothering me for a while now who Hollie Hughes reminded me of! Finally got it,’ Ms Miller wrote.

Liberal Senator Hollie Hughes

Liberal Senator Hollie Hughes

Liberal Senator Hollie Hughes

The ex-staffer sent the meme in response to a tweet by senator Hughes praising Jenny Morrison as ‘all class’ after her 60 Minutes interview on Sunday night.  

Senator Hughes said she has never met Ms Miller but the former staffer has ‘consistently messaged’ her on several platforms including LinkedIn.

‘I’m a big supporter of people getting therapy and appreciate how beneficial it can be,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

‘I didn’t mean to demean people who get therapy. I didn’t mean any malice. It was a response to consistent messaging from her and the behaviour she has displayed towards me.

‘I’ve never met the woman, she’s very interested in what I have to say, she’s messaging me on a variety of platforms.’ 

Senator Hughes 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?’

‘Accusations that are made towards men of the right require no authentication.

‘But when allegations are made towards Dan Andrews bullying women, these women are silent and through their silence condone the very behaviour they are trying to change.

‘I’m tired of talking about this, I am so over this issue,’ she said. 

Jenny Morrison appeared alongside her husband during Sunday's 60 Minutes

Jenny Morrison appeared alongside her husband during Sunday's 60 Minutes

Jenny Morrison appeared alongside her husband during Sunday’s 60 Minutes

Source: Daily Mail

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