One Nation leader Senator Pauline Hanson will move to have Australian Greens senator Lidia Thorpe censured in the Senate for her failure to disclose her relationship with an ex-bikie leader while serving on a joint parliamentary law committee.
Senator Hanson said the exposure of Senator Thorpe’s bikie links and conflict of interest was the latest of many examples demonstrating she was unfit to represent Australians in Parliament.
“The Greens demand integrity and principle from everyone except themselves,” she said. “If Senator Thorpe had principles she would resign from the Senate. If Greens leader Adam Bandt had integrity he would kick her out of his party.
“To sit on a parliamentary committee on law enforcement and receive confidential briefings about criminal activity while being in a relationship with the ex-leader of a bikie gang regularly investigated for criminal activity is a direct – and potentially dangerous – conflict of interest.
“This revelation follows a pattern of behaviour by Senator Thorpe demonstrating she has no place representing Australians in Parliament, which she has said she doesn’t even recognise as being legitimate in the first place.
“This pattern includes calling Queen Elizabeth II a coloniser while swearing her oath of allegiance in the Senate, reports of Senator Thorpe bullying a respected female Aboriginal elder to the point the victim required medical attention, her support for an apparent arson attack at old Parliament House during a recent protest, and several occasions when she has been forced to withdraw extremely offensive, sexualised and personal comments in the Senate.
“My office is also exploring other sanctions and measures the Parliament may be able to take against Senator Thorpe. Her appalling behaviour and complete lack of respect for the Australian people can no longer be tolerated.
“Mr Bandt also has some serious questions to answer, especially considering revelations Senator Thorpe’s staff was aware of her conflict of interest and had advised that it be disclosed. The government and opposition in the House of Representatives should pursue these questions as a priority.”