Jacqui Lambie’s secret deal with Scott Morrison to release refugees revealed | news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site

Lambie’s secret deal with PM revealed

Threatened with Jail Jacqui Lambie can now speak up. That’s the nature of Scott Morrison’s bargaining powers he calls leadership.

A recording at centre of bullying claims Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie has lifted the lid on her secret deal with Scott Morrison to release over 400 asylum seekers from Nauru and Manus Island, revealing the Prime Minister told her she risked jail if she told the truth about it.  But today’s announcement that New Zealand will receive up to 150 refugees a year, more than nine years after its offer to take them was first made, has freed her to tell the full story. The announcement applies to refugees in an Australian offshore detention facility on Nauru, as well as those currently housed in temporary regional processing centres.

In an exclusive interview with news.com.au, Ms Lambie said she kept the secret, and the Prime Minister kept the details of the agreement in a safe in Parliament House. She said it included a private agreement from Mr Morrison to accept the New Zealand offer.

“My demand was to ensure that by the time his term was finished, to make sure that everybody, unless they were a security risk, was off those bloody islands,’’ she said.

“I couldn’t tell the story of what had happened because otherwise the deal’s off. That means that people would have been still stuck there.”

Source: Jacqui Lambie’s secret deal with Scott Morrison to release refugees revealed | news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site

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