Jacqui of the jungle
Tassie devil’s celebrity safari
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.”