Lambie sticking to her guns after Clive's backflip
THE boss has said sorry but his most outspoken senator is doing no such thing.
Less than a day after Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer sent an apologetic missive to the Chinese ambassador to Australia, PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie said she would not back down from her own.
"If anybody thinks that we should have a national security and defence policy, which ignores the threat of a Chinese communist invasion - you're delusional and got rocks in your head," she wrote in an email and posted on her Facebook," she said.
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When asked if she would now back down and follow the example of her leader, she gave an emphatic no.
"I don't see why I would offer an apology when I'm actually speaking about the Chinese communist regime and not the Chinese people," she told ABC Radio.
"I'm very grateful to the Chinese people and having them as trading partners and I certainly know my Tasmania is."
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Senator Lambie said she was critical of the Chinese Government, not the Chinese people themselves.
She also said the PUP leader needed to apologise because people were "quite irate" about his outburst.
After receiving Mr Palmer's letter this week, Xinhua News reported Chinese Ambassador Ma Zhaoxu said any comments "attacking or slandering China" were "doomed to fail".
"The healthy and stable relationship between China and Australia is in the fundamental interests of the people of the two countries, and cannot be hindered by any individual," he said.
EARLIER: Dear China, sorry about calling you mongrels. Love Clive
SUNSHINE Coast political maverick, magnate and occasionally offensive MP Clive Palmer has written to the Chinese ambassador to Australia to say sorry.
Mr Palmer's letter of apology follows his appearance on the ABC show Q&A, when he described the Chinese Government as "mongrels" who "shoot their own people".
His outburst came as host Tony Jones was questioning Mr Palmer over allegations he had misused funds to pay for the Palmer United Party's election campaign.
Mr Palmer has always denied the allegations.
In the letter, Mr Palmer writes that he regrets "any hurt or anguish" his comments might have caused.
He then waxes lyrical about having an open mind, then writes:
"In keeping an open mind, I now come to the realisation that what I said on Q&A was an insult to Chinese people everywhere and I wish to assure them they have my most genuine and sincere apology, that I am sorry that I said the things I said on the program."
He ends the letter with, "It is in the interest of the whole world that Australia and China have good relations".
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Less than a week ago, Mr Palmer told national radio broadcaster 3AW he stood by what he said on Q&A.
"I think so, they do that to people and shoot them and kill them, which they do, and they don't have elections," he said at the time.
"I don't think that's the sort of values that we have in Australia."
Also following Mr Palmer's outburst on Q&A, PUP senator Jacqui Lambie said his comments were "a timely warning" of the danger posed by the superpower.
"If anybody thinks that we should have a national security and defence policy, which ignores the threat of a Chinese communist invasion - you're delusional and got rocks in your head," she wrote in an email and posted on her Facebook.
Read her full letter below (click to enlarge):