Jacqui Lambie has quit the Palmer United Party just hours after Palmer accused her of joining the party to infiltrate his new party and “blow it up”. It caps off an ugly couple of weeks in Parliament and the public eye as they have traded humiliating statements with each other via the media. It leaves Clive Palmer with just one representative in the House of Reps, himself and two representatives in the Senate.
Lambie made the announcement to the Senate this morning, apologising to her home state of Tasmania for uncertainty. Having resigned immediately, she has indicated that she is now prepared to negotiate with the government over the scaling back of the renewable energy targets which PUP has been working hard to block.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Senator Lambie said she would “never vote” for the government’s proposed changes to higher education fees or for a GP co-payment.
Lambie said on radio this morning that she was getting her house in order over the weekend to make a decision.
“When you have somebody very powerful who has a lot of money you have to cover all your bases and make sure if they’re going to come at you for whatever reason you have everything covered,” she said.
Do you think Lambie has made the right move? What do you think this will do for the Australian Parliament over coming months?