'Worst PM on record': Jacqui Lambie takes aim at Scott Morrison in latest rant

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Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has lashed out at the Liberals and Prime Minister Scott Morrison, saying come next election, they're "gone".

Senator Lambie started off by pointing out it had been years since Mr Morrison announced the government would establish an Independent Commission Against Corruption for the federal level.

While promises were made by the PM in December 2018, nothing has come about.

The inaction was labelled as "shameful" by Senator Lambie, saying it wasn't even a bill, but merely a "ghost".

"It's another lie!" the Senator screamed across the Senate.

"So many people are looking at you, they're sick of your lies, they're sick of you not putting up, they're sick of you not delivering.

"You do not deliver, you are finished in the next election."

Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has slammed the Liberal Party and the Prime Minister in the Senate. Source: Parliament of Australia
Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has slammed the Liberal Party and the Prime Minister in the Senate. Source: Parliament of Australia

Senator Lambie said she looked forward to running her own candidates in Liberal-held seats in Tasmania.

The Morrison government has voted down an attempt to have the Senate debate the establishment of a federal anti-corruption watchdog.

Despite promising to release its proposed legislation for an anti-corruption commission before the next election, slated for the first half of 2022, the government has failed to do so.

Independent Senator Rex Patrick on Tuesday sought to change the upper house's program to discuss the issue.

Liberal senators opposed the move, arguing there were important bills to be debated.

The Tasmanian Senator's scathing attacks did not stop there — she went on to call Mr Morrison "incompetent".

"Eight years of liberal stuff I've had to put up with while I've been here, and you've gone from one prime minister to another, this is the worst one on record," she said.

"I will continue to say he is incompetent, he is not a leader and I'm enjoying watching him and you fall apart."

Senator Lambie said Scott Morrison was the
Senator Lambie said Scott Morrison was the "worst" Prime Minister. Source: Parliament of Australia

Greens senator Larissa Waters claimed the government didn't want a watchdog with teeth because it would put half of Prime Minister's cabinet under investigation.

"The prime minister couldn't lie straight in bed," she said.

But Senator Waters said the government was prepared to set aside time to debate issues such as religious discrimination, voter ID laws, and a failed One Nation bill seeking to scrap vaccine mandates.

The Senate voted 25-25 which negated Senator Patrick's attempt.

Senators' phone number leaked after One Nation spray

On Monday, Senator Lambie took aim at One Nation over the party's failed bill, which was essentially Pauline Hanson's bid to outlaw vaccination mandates.

Senator Lambie didn't hold back in blasting Senator Hanson in parliament and accused One Nation of thriving on discrimination and creating fear to boost its election campaign.

She said "discrimination" was the wrong word for people who can get vaccinated, but choose not to and added being held accountable for your actions, is not discrimination, but instead it is being "goddamn bloody adult".

One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts leaked Senator Jacqui Lambie's personal phone number to social media. Source: AAP
One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts leaked Senator Jacqui Lambie's personal phone number to social media. Source: AAP

On Tuesday, Senator Lambie said she was going to have to change her phone number after One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts leaked her private phone number on social media.

After her phone number was shared online, she received abusive text messages and calls.

"I have received many nasty, abusive and threatening phone calls and messages," she told parliament.

"You have the (federal police) briefing politicians about our safety, you have gallows on the steps of Victoria's parliament and senators in this very chamber should not be facilitating any abuse."

The Senator said she would have to change her number to protect her friends and family and it would affect the veterans with poor mental health who call her if they need someone to listen to them.

She said it was "completely unacceptable" to leak a senators' personal contact information "just because you don't like what they are saying".

"One Nation have crossed a line here that should never be crossed," she said.

Senator Jacqui Lambie accused One Nation of creating fear for political gain. Source: AAP
The leak comes after Senator Jacqui Lambie accused One Nation of creating fear for political gain. Source: AAP

Senator Roberts told the Senate that One Nation's Tasmanian Senate candidate Steve Mav posted the number after being sent it by a voter.

The voter got it from a Facebook post from Senator Lambie urging people to contact her.

Appearing via videolink, Senator Roberts accused Senator Lambie of playing the victim and misrepresenting the circumstances — which was met by her shaking her head in the chamber.

The One Nation senator said he did not condone private numbers being published but did not apologise, saying Senator Lambie had previously posted her number on her own social media, urging constituents to contact her.

Leak amid threats made to politicians

Senate President Slade Brockman was asked by Senator Lambie to investigate the leaking of her number and determine whether Senator Roberts should issue an apology, as well as looking at the safety of senators more broadly.

Senator Brockman is considering both matters.

The leak comes amid growing fears for the safety of politicians.

Last month, the premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan had his personal phone number leaked, forcing him to close his electorate office south of Perth indefinitely amid security concerns.

"There's been death threats, there's been threats to rape my staff, there's been people threatening to bomb my office," he said.

Two men have been charged for allegedly leaving threatening messages on Mr McGowan's phone.

In Melbourne, one person attended a protest with gallows. The protest was calling for the Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Pandemic Management) Bill to be scrapped.

The bill would give the premier and state health minister the power to declare a pandemic and make strict public health orders.

A video posted on social media shows the protesters gathered around a wooden gallows chanting "Freedom", "Traitor", "Kill Dan Andrews" and "Hang Dan Andrews".

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