New Senator Says Australia Not Prepared For Possible Chinese Invasion
"We need to be prepared for an invasion and right now we are not."
New Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has called for Australia to arm itself with missiles and double the defence budget against a possible invasion by an "anti-democratic force".
The Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer launched a sensational attack on national television Monday night, calling the Chinese government "bastards" and "mongrels".
Late on Tuesday, the Chinese Embassy labelled the comments "absurd" and "irresponsible".
"We believe that a sound China-Australian relationship serves the fundamental interests of both countries. It is and will always be supported by the two peoples," a spokesperson for the Chinese embassy told the ABC.
Ms Lambie smaintained China was not preparing for an invasion, but said, "We need to be prepared for an invasion and right now that we are not."