Federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, said Senator Jacqui Lambie’s referral to the Clerk of the Senate has no foundations.
Mr Palmer said the legal action is a civil matter and relates to the recovery of party funds based on what happened prior to the last federal election.
He said the action is based on a promise and the party spending millions of dollars relying on those promises made by Senator Lambie.
“Senator Lambie has breached promises and that doesn’t release her from accountability under the law,” Mr Palmer said.
“Regardless of who they are, no Member of Parliament is above the Australian law.
“The Palmer United Party hasn’t made any threats with its correspondence or public statement, the party is simply seeking a refund of the dollars spent on Senator Lambie’s election campaign.”
Mr Palmer said no one should expect special treatment or think they are above the law.
“The Palmer United Party simply hopes Senator Lambie will refund the dollars spent in reliance of her promises and legal action will not be necessary,” he said.
“The party’s legal action does not seek to interfere with Senator Lambie’s performance, remove her from her seat or interfere with her Senate vote in any way.
“This cause of action has nothing to do with the Senate but the legal obligation under Australian law to recoup the money spent on her reliance of promises made.”