Independent senator Jacqui Lambie has slammed the ‘cowards’ who inundated her phone with abuse after accusing One Nation of leaking her number on social media.
Senator Lambie appeared on the Today Show on Thursday morning revealing she has been forced to change her phone number for the first time in 17 years.
Speaking with Karl Stefanovic, Senator Lambie said she was aware her contact details were publicly available but it was no excuse for One Nation to redistribute the number.
Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie has slammed ‘cowards’ on Today who sent her abusive messages from private numbers after One Nation shared her phone number
One Nation’s Tasmanian Senate candidate Steve Mav published the number earlier in the week, which was later shared by Senator Malcolm Roberts.
Senator Lambie had the number publicly listed on her Facebook page, urging people to contact her during the last federal election and for veterans struggling with poor mental health.
She said she had never had a problem with abuse prior to blasting One Nation’s bill to axe vaccine mandates earlier in the week.
The number was shared by One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts after Senator Lambie slammed the party’s leader Pauline Hanson (pictured) earlier in the week over a proposed bill to scrap vaccine mandates
‘You know what else upsets me though, is people want to leave their messages or whatever else – but they’re such cowards, they come in through no caller ID,’ she said.
The furious Senator was forced to change her number to keep her family and friends safe given the ease with which people can find personal information from a phone number.
‘I have received many nasty, abusive and threatening phone calls and messages,’ she told parliament on Tuesday.
Jacqui Lambie said other senators should not be ‘facilitating any abuse’ against politicians at a time when some protesters have made threats against MPs
‘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.’
She feared the change of phone number would affect veterans with poor mental health and who are on their ‘last legs’.
‘Those veterans know they can call me at any time of the day or night if they need someone to listen to them.
‘It is completely unacceptable to leak other senators’ personal contact details to the public just because you do not like what they are saying.
‘One Nation have crossed a line here that should never be crossed.’
Senator Roberts told the Senate that One Nation’s Tasmanian Senate candidate Steve Mav posted the number after being sent it by a voter who got it from a Facebook post from Senator Lambie urging people to contact her.
Malcolm Roberts said the number was posted by One Nation’s Tasmanian senate candidate, Steve Mav
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.
Senator Lambie asked Senate President Slade Brockman to investigate the leaking of her number and decide whether Senator Roberts should issue an apology, as well as looking at the safety of senators more broadly.
Senator Brockman is considering both matters.