Jac­qui of the jun­gle

Tassie devil’s celebrity sa­fari

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - HOLLY BYRNES

NATIONAL TV EDI­TOR ROGUE ex-se­na­tor Jac­qui Lam­bie has un­leashed on Julie Bishop for not stand­ing up to the LNP’s “boys’ club” as she pre­pares for the African jun­gle on Ten’s I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!

Us­ing the re­al­ity show to cam­paign and con­nect with young vot­ers, the rebel Tas­ma­nian will face off against her for­mer Sen­ate ri­val and La­bor power­bro­ker Sam Dast­yari on the Sur­vivor- style se­ries, which pre­mieres tonight.

Ms Lam­bie told The Sun­day Mail she would bail out of the show if Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son called a snap poll – des­per­ate as she is to re­claim her Sen­ate seat after the High Court ruled her father’s Scot­tish her­itage made her a dual cit­i­zen and her elec­tion in 2016 in­el­i­gi­ble.

The 47-year-old in­de­pen­dent has lost none of her wild streak – calling for­mer PM Turn­bull a “cow­ard” for not stand­ing up to his party, while ex­plod­ing at Ms Bishop over her bul­ly­ing stance.

Ms Lam­bie said Ms Bishop “wouldn’t have been over­looked for the lead­er­ship had she men­tioned (the bul­ly­ing) years ago”.

“I left the Lib­eral Party and made it quite clear it was a boys’ club, so how come I was the only one with the guts six years ago? She’s been up there for ages, so I just find it … women like that don’t have my re­spect,” she said. “Where was Julie Bishop six, seven, 10 years ago? What has she been do­ing about it? I’ve got no time … for them when they talk this women’s lib stuff be­cause they’re shame­ful.” A con­fessed “wreck­ing ball” in her first year in pol­i­tics, Lam­bie gave back­handed praise for cross-bencher Ju­lia Banks who “got up and left and good on her”. “She could have shown a lit­tle bit more back­bone and named and shamed,” Ms Lam- bie said. “You know, fin­ish the bloody job. This is what makes women look weak.”

Ms Lam­bie is con­fi­dent of win­ning her Sen­ate role back from for­mer Jac­qui Lam­bie Net­work co­hort Steve Martin, who in­her­ited her seat when she was dis­qual­i­fied.

Still seething at him for re­fus­ing to stand aside to al­low her to re­turn, she growled: “I don’t like men­tion­ing his name, but you could have stepped aside, you f--king c--t and I’m com­ing back for my seat. You blokes try and do me over and I’m not putting up with it.”

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