"We would like to introduce @PeterPhelpsMLC. Currently an upper house whip in Barry O’Farrell’s NSW state government Mr Phelps caused something of a sensation today after blasting users as “bourgeois”, “hypocrites” and telling one user to “go f*** herself.
Mr Phelps initially responded to a comment from Twitter user @Nyx2701 who said he needed “a good punch in the head” for his earlier remarks on feminism.
“@Nyx2701 go f*** yourself, commie! And you can't complain because I put in smiley ;-),” Mr Phelps wrote in reply.
Several twitter users immediately took him to task, including the Premier himself who tweeted: “There's no place for using profanities here. You can have robust exchanges (even with pol opponents) without offending community standards."
While other public figures have reacted to a Twitter furore with immediate apologies and deletion of their tweets Mr Phelps, as of yet, appears unrepentant. “…no point being in politics if it is just to ass kiss and tell people what you think they want to hear #truthsetsyoufree,” he wrote. “If people are rude to me, I reserve the right to be rude back. I'm working class lad not a bourgeois toady.”