Liberal senator Jane Hume has delivered a stinging barb to some of her male colleagues.
Senator Hume was bemused about the fuss surrounding a visit by controversial right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos to Parliament House on Tuesday.
"I mean, with someone that is an attention seeker, you simply ignore them," she told reporters in Canberra.
"You turn the volume down."
Extra security measures are expected to be in place after a fight broke out between supporters and protesters at Yiannopoulos's event in Melbourne on Monday.
Senator Hume is at a loss to understand why the visit is making headlines.
"You know, young man swaggers into Canberra, attention seeking, saying outrageous things and appeasing the far right, and getting some media coverage," she said.
And then came the kicker.
"Sounds like the coalition party room," Senator Hume posited with a wry smile.