Tasmanian politics and the Lambie train-wreck

Apr 16, 2024
Jacqui Lambie Network Senator Jacqui Lambie at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, March 18, 2024. Image:AAP /Mick Tsikas

Jacqui Lambie tried to turn her idiosyncratic brand into a sort-of-party. But, like so many of those arrangements before, it’s quickly falling apart.

In the past few weeks, the political wreckage has been piling up even faster than usual. Both major parties got a drubbing at the recent Tasmanian election and, for a few days, it looked as if the Jacqui Lambie Network was a big winner.

But then the three previously obscure and naive Lambie members sold themselves to the Liberals for .. well, nothing, actually.

They’ve turned the Lambie Network into a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Liberal Party. And in doing so, they’ve inflicted serious damage on Jacqui herself.

This situation, like so many, has a back-story. This piece below goes into that, but it can be summed up this way:

Just when you think Tasmanian politics can’t get any weirder, it does.

Read the full article in The Policy Post.

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