Jacqui Lambie unleashes on Pauline Hanson in preference battle

Apr 29, 2022
Jacqui Lambie slams Pauline Hanson over preference battle. Source: Getty

Senator Jacqui Lambie has slammed Senator Pauline Hanson for “spitting the dummy” over the Liberal Party (LNP) preferencing the Jacqui Lambie Network (JLN) party over One Nation in Tasmania.

Hanson lashed out in retaliation for the Liberal Party’s preference, saying voters should back Labor instead.

The Tasmanian Senator responded with a scathing attack on Hanson’s motives, saying “Pauline’s got her facts wrong”.

“Questions about Liberal Party preferences are for the Liberal Party to answer,” Lambie said.

“If Pauline wants to tell Australians that she’d rather have a Labor government than a Liberal government that’s completely up to her.

“It just shows her party stands for nothing except getting more money from the taxpayer.

“Anyone can see that’s insincere.”

The One Nation leader accused the Liberal Party of making “a dirty deal with the devil”, to which Lambie laughed off in an interview with Sky News.

“The JLN has done no deals unless they have done it in the last five hours since I went to bed just after midnight last night, which I doubt it,” she said.

Hanson hit out at the Liberal Party, saying: “The Liberals need a wake-up call and I’m more than happy to provide it.”

“They are no longer the conservative party Australians knew. We need to clean out a small number of left-leaning Liberals who masquerade as conservatives.

“Instead of talking to me about preferences, the media should be asking Scott Morrison why he is prepared to hand Jacqui Lambie the balance of power, someone who hates the Liberals and votes consistently against them.”

Hanson said she’ll be targeting “left-leaning Liberals” in her campaign and would work with the Nationals to contradict any loss of seats to them.

“Scott Morrison has surrendered independent Australian climate policy to these left-leaning Liberals, who are obviously in the wrong party,” she said.

“He needs to be reminded that conservative Australians feel betrayed by his lurch to the left with net-zero emissions by 2050, and the left-leaning Liberals who pushed him there need to be removed.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the federal election will be held on May 21.

“This election is about you, no one else. It’s about our country and it’s about its future. Above all this election is a choice,” he said at the time of the announcement.

“It’s a choice between a strong future and an uncertain one. It’s a choice between a government you know and a Labor opposition that you don’t.”

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