With the departure (surprise surprise) of Jacqui Lambie from the Palmer United Party, we wonder what merry little war will play out next in Aussie Federal politics…
Oh, Jacqui Lambie.
The writing was on the wall for a while, with a whole “he-said she-said” scenario starting to play out in Australian politics. What was once a semi-tense relationship between fellow PUP Party pollies Jacqui Lambie and Clive Palmer has now turned into a tragic break-up with Lambie announcing that she is resigning from PUP and will run as an independent.
This means she is free to negotiate, vote and represent Tasmania in the ways she feels are best, without the constraints of Clive and PUP. If Jacqui felt shackled by the restraints of PUP and genuinely feels Palmer uses stand-over tactics, then good for her and good luck to her. It would be hard to argue that there was pressure on her to jettison ties with PUP, after the release of this statement on the PUP website by Clive Palmer’s advisers, which brings Jacqui’s full-time salary and disability payments during her time with PUP into question. The statement also mentions that Jacqui Lambie met with Pauline Hanson, end of sentence. I’m not sure of its purpose or point, but that’s my favourite part of the statement.
I can’t help but think this is going to be nothing more than an entertaining and less elegant version of War of the Roses.