Multi-Millionaire Puppetmaster of Climate Independents Issues a Very Salty ‘Apology’ to a Female Liberal Senator Who He Confronted in Public As She Begged: ‘Leave Me Alone’

Multi-Millionaire Puppetmaster of Climate Independents Issues a Very Salty ‘Apology’ to a Female Liberal Senator Who He Confronted in Public As She Begged: ‘Leave Me Alone’

By Padraig Collins

– Multimillionaire Simon Holmes a Court issues apology to Jane Hume
– It came after the Liberal senator repeatedly asked him to leave her alone
– Holmes a Court is financing independents against Liberals
– The financier later admitted the public polling booth was not the right ‘forum’

A multimillionaire who is financing the so-called ‘teal independents’ has taken a backhanded swipe at a Liberal frontbencher – even as he apologised for their fiery stoush at a polling booth.

Senator Jane Hume was canvassing with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg in his central Melbourne seat of Kooyong on Wednesday when they were approached by Simon Homes a Court.

Mr Holmes a Court has been fiercely supporting independent Monique Ryan, who is battling Mr Frydenberg for his safe Liberal seat.

In the confronting video, filmed by the treasurer, bewildered voters watched on as Mr Holmes a Court and Ms Hume clashed outside the Hawthorn polling spot.

‘Just leave me alone, Simon. Please leave me alone,’ Ms Hume said.

Mr Holmes a Court has since apologised for the confrontation, admitting he should not have aired their private matters in public.

‘Senator Hume has repeatedly used her position to spread lies and misinformation about me for several years,’ he said in a statement on Friday morning.

‘Despite ­remaining calm throughout the conversation, it is clear that a public space was not the forum to ask her to retract her lies, and for that, I apologise to Senator Hume.’

Liberal senator Jane Hume (right) is pictured telling multimillionaire Simon Holmes a Court (left) she doesn't want to talk to him as he is 'suing' her
Liberal senator Jane Hume (right) is pictured telling multimillionaire Simon Holmes a Court (left) she doesn’t want to talk to him as he is ‘suing’ her

In the confrontation, Mr Holmes a Court disputed Ms Hume’s claim she was being sued for defamation.

Ms Hume, who looked stressed by the encounter, said again, ‘Simon, you are suing me for defamation. Please leave me alone.

‘This may have legal implications. Please leave me alone, Simon.

‘You are the son of Australia’s first billionaire, you are suing me for defamation. Please leave me alone, leave me alone,’ she said.

Mr Holmes a Court then turned his attention to Mr Frydenberg, who was filming it all.

‘Josh, how’re you doing,’ he said to the Treasurer.

‘I agree with everything she says,’ Mr Frydenberg replied.

‘You agree with her lies?’ Mr Holmes a Court then asked.

‘Would you like to repeat her lies?’

After a few seconds of just standing there, with nothing said by either side, Mr Holmes a Court then said ‘Good on you mate.’

A male bystander is then heard saying ‘Why don’t you leave her alone and stop annoying everyone?’

Multimillionaire Simon Holmes a Court (pictured) stands directly in front of Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, who is filming him
Multimillionaire Simon Holmes a Court (pictured) stands directly in front of Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, who is filming him

Mr Holmes a Court then again turns his attention to Ms Hume, who is the Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and the Digital Economy.

Ms Hume then again expresses her concern that even talking to Mr Holmes a Court could have ‘legal implications’ – before the video ends.

The clash with Ms Hume and Mr Frydenberg followed a controversial tweet on Wednesday where Mr Holmes a Court described the former Liberal prime minister John Howard as ‘the angel of death’.

Mr Howard condemned the social media post as ‘beneath contempt’.

Mr Holmes a Court denied last night that his ‘Angel of Death’ remark was a reference to the nickname given to Josef Mengele, who performed deadly experiments on prisoners at the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II – as several commentators had made out.

Mr Holmes a Court said he is part Jewish and his tweet was misunderstood and taken out of context.

‘The quote refers solely to a Liberal’s description of Howard’ from a recent newspaper article, he said. The newspaper article had noted Mr Howard was visiting seats where the Coalition is on the nose.

Liberal senator Jane Hume (right) is pictured holding her hand up to multimillionaire Simon Holmes a Court (left) to indicate, yet again, that she doesn't want to talk to him
Liberal senator Jane Hume (right) is pictured holding her hand up to multimillionaire Simon Holmes a Court (left) to indicate, yet again, that she doesn’t want to talk to him

Mr Holmes a Court, a son of Australia’s first billionaire, Robert Holmes a Court, has been trying to influence Saturday’s federal election by funding so-called teal  independent candidates to oust Liberal MPs, several of them in wealthy, inner-city seats.

The clean energy investor set up a fundraising body called Climate 200 to raise huge sums for pro-climate candidates. Before the 2019 Federal election it raised $500,000 but this time around Mr Holmes a Court sought to raise $20million with the aim of getting three more independents into the federal parliament.

The organisation said it needs the massive sum to counter the huge amounts of money donated to political parties by billionaire Clive Palmer and fossil fuel companies. ‘

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