Jim’s Mowing boss denies sending a racist and sexist letter telling an Aboriginal senator to ‘get off your fat black ass’ – calling it a ‘crude forgery’ by a ‘greenie’ angry at his campaign against Melbourne’s lockdown
- Jim Penman has denied writing racist and sexist letter to Senator Lidia Thorpe
- She read out vile letter telling her to get off her ‘fat black ass’ in parliament
- Jim’s Mowing boss claims letter forged by a ‘greenie’ and has contacted police
Jim’s Mowing boss Jim Penman has denied he sent a racist and sexist letter telling an indigenous federal senator to get off her ‘fat black ass’ and lose weight.
Greens senator Lidia Thorpe read out in parliament the vile contents of the disturbing letter claiming it was from Mr Penman.
‘Why don’t you get off your fat black ass and instead of wasting time marching around private property on ‘Djab Wurrung country’ to stop tree felling, actually do some work with your taxpayer funded job?’ the letter starts.
Greens senator Lidia Thorpe (pictured) was sent a vile letter racist and sexist letter telling the proud indigenous politician to get off her ‘fat black ass’ and lose weight
‘You’re corrupt and useless as the lot of them put together.’
‘Taxpayers money was not meant for fat-a***d women to go giving food to tree hugging hippies!
‘Devote your time to going to the gym to exhaust your hormonal frustration and lose some weight.’
The letter on what appeared to be a Jim’s Mowing letterhead also spelled Senator Thorpe’s first name wrong.
‘I’ve been in this job, in public office, for only a matter of weeks and the misogyny, sexism and racism is already coming in thick and fast. People need to be called out,’ a horrified Senator Thorpe told the chamber on Tuesday night.
But Mr Penman quickly disavowed the letter as a ‘crude forgery’ using a template from the open letter he sent Mr Andrews last month.
‘The signature is an electronic version, which anyone can put together by typing my name into the appropriate software,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
Senator Thorpe read out in parliament the contents of the disturbing letter claiming it was from Jim Penman (pictured), but he has denounced it as a forgery
The letter uses what Mr Penman says in an incorrect letterhead, and a digital signature that could be faked by anyone
‘Not my signature, not my letterhead, and apart from the third paragraph, not my sentiments either. It is vile, sexist, racist and abusive.
‘The letter was a clear attempt to smear me as a response to my challenge to the Premier over the lockdown.’
Mr Penman said he wrote to Senator Thorpe on Wednesday morning conveying his regrets that vile comments were made against her.
‘I find it especially offensive that comments about a woman’s political appearance be used as a weapon against her, in a way no man would be attacked,’ he said.
‘This is all the more appalling in that the writer is clearly on the left politically, so that making such racist and sexist comments amounts to extreme hypocrisy.
‘I will be asking the Federal Police to investigate and will insist that all efforts be made to track him down. We have also written to the Clerk of the Senate to ask how such a matter could be aired without the least amount of checking.’
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Senator Thorpe office for further comment.
Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe (pictured) spoke about the letter in Parliament on Tuesday night
Mr Penman has been an outspoken critic of Mr Andrews when five million Melburnians recently endured three months of strict lockdown.
The city was plunged into Stage 4 lockdown on August 2 in the wake of the state’s second wave of coronavirus which claimed more than 800 lives in Victoria.
Mr Penman wrote a series of open letters slamming Mr Andrews.
‘He is the worst political figure Australia has had in my lifetime,’ he told Daily Mail Australia at the time.
‘No other leader has done as much damage he has caused by plunging a knife into the heart of the state.’
‘The longer he remains in office, the more dangerous and toxic he becomes.’
‘What I find incomprehensible is why his own party is putting up with this man and the dreadful mistakes he’s made.’