Plans for better transportation links across Bass Strait would already be well advanced if former Palmer United Party Senator Jacqui Lambie had not turned her back on the people of Tasmania to become an independent, according to Clive Palmer.
Federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, has dismissed Senator Lambie and Geelong Mayor Darryn Lyons’ push for a catamaran service between Geelong and Burnie as “mere lip service”.
“This is a watered down idea taken from original Palmer United Party policy developed from the grass roots by our Tasmanian leader Kevin Morgan,’’ Mr Palmer said.
“The Palmer United Party had developed significant planning and budgeting for a much more substantial model than Senator Lambie is proposing, which would have been closer to delivery for the people of Tasmania if she hadn’t deserted the party,’’ Mr Palmer said.
“There is nothing new in this idea. If Senator Lambie did not break ranks with the Palmer United Party and instead remained loyal and voted with the balance of power in the Senate she would have been able to deliver this service for the people of Tasmania instead of paying it lip service,’’ he said.
“Senator Lambie is more concerned with spending tax payers’ money on renovating her office than doing what is best for her fellow Tasmanians.”