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.
She said Mr Abbott specifically was part of the problem, along with people like shock jocks, but that his comments were only deliberate some of the time: ''half the time I don't think he even realises it''.
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.''
This comes as the Opposition Leader called on the government to stop playing the ''gender card'', calling Ms Gillard's attack on him in parliament yesterday "a bit rich".
Today, Senator Milne backed Ms Gillard's impassioned speech against Mr Abbott's misogyny and sexism, particularly in relation to his comment about the government dying "of shame".
''[It was] just an outrageous provocation,'' Senator Milne said.
''I can understand why the Prime Minister thought, 'right enough is enough here'.''
The Greens Leader - who took over from Bob Brown in April - said she had experienced sexism in her career since entering Tasmanian state parliament in 1989.
She said male Liberal Party members called her a ''political slut'' for entering into an agreement with the Labor Party to form government and that the sexist language has never stopped.
''If a woman makes a strong and passionate speech ... then it has to in some way be put down on the basis of an emotional response,'' Senator Milne said.
''If a male politician had made the same speech, it would have been seen as strong and decisive and leadership. And that's where you get it all the time. The Prime Minister's had it all the time.''