Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie says the Palmer United Party will only avoid fracturing if leader Clive Palmer adopts more of her policy positions.
In a blistering interview on the ABC’s 7.30 program, Senator Lambie says she is unable to endorse the performance of either Mr Palmer or her fellow PUP senators.
“One thing I won’t do is lie to the Australian people and I’m not going to sit here and make my PUP senators or Clive Palmer look good when I’m not feeling that way about them,” she said.
Senator Lambie and Mr Palmer publicly clashed earlier this week over the Senator’s call for people to turn their backs on Liberal MPs during Remembrance Day ceremonies to express anger about a controversial pay deal for defence personnel.
Mr Palmer said it was inappropriate to use such functions for political protest.
Senator Lambie said there was dissatisfaction within the party about Mr Palmer’s style of leadership.
“That just doesn’t seem to be on the table to talk about,” she said.
“I think that’s a major issue and it should be talked about and it needs to be sorted.
“If the party is going to survive then they’d better come up with a bloody better plan of attack than what they’ve been using.”
Palmer not sure if Lambie intends to quit party
Mr Palmer said earlier that he had not seen Senator Lambie for a couple of weeks.
Several commentators have suggested she might soon split from the party.
“Well I don’t know, I’ve had no indication of it,” he told the ABC’s PM program.
“Jacqui may have made some comments, but who knows.
“I mean, they’ve been saying that for six months, haven’t they?
“I’m not a person that’s greatly moved by the media.”