Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe has come to parliament with a “bit of a chip on her shoulder” and hopefully will show “some respect for other senators” over time, according to Nationals Senator Matt Canavan.
Ms Thorpe interrupted One Nation leader Pauline Hanson on a point of order in the Senate on Wednesday, but forgot Ms Hanson’s name.
“She’s been here a couple of weeks, and I would hope over time Senator Thorpe would show some respect for other senators; the place works better when we all respect each other,” Mr Canavan said.
“We all have different views, I’m certainly not going to agree with Senator Thorpe on most things, but the great thing about our democracy is we can agree to disagree”.
Mr Canavan said he had noticed Ms Thorpe “has come up to this place with a bit of a chip on her shoulder” and seemingly thinks those who disagree with her outlook “deserves absolute condemnation as the worst person in the world”.
“If we all thought like that, the place wouldn’t work.”