Jacqui set for jungle warfare
SHE’S about to swing into the volatile world of reality TV, but Jacqui Lambie hasn’t waited to get into the jungle to unleash on everyone from former Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull, “shameful” Julia Bishop, the “f...ing c...” who took her Senate seat — and even God.
As the rogue politician prepares to join Ten’s I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! she said the only thing that would convince her to quit the show was if the Morrison Government called a snap election.
Desperate to reclaim her spot in parliament after the High Court ruled her father’s Scottish heritage made her ineligible for her Senate seat, Ms Lambie is using the reality show to connect with young voters.
Speaking before tonight’s prem- ier, the 47-year-old Tasmanian independent has lost none of her wild streak, calling Mr Turnbull a “coward” for not standing up to his party, while exploding at his deputy Julie Bishop for doing too little, too late to stop women being bullied in politics.
An angry 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 said.
“She’s been up there for ages. Women like that don’t have my respect. I have no time for them when they talk this women’s lib stuff because they’re shameful. Actions speak louder than words.”
Ms Lambie had qualified praise for new cross-bencher Julia Banks, who “got up and left, and good on her”. She said Ms Banks “could have shown a little bit more backbone and named and shamed” the men she accused of bullying her during the last Liberal leadership spill. “You know, finish the bloody job. This is what makes women look weak — when you start something, you get up and leave and you name and shame and get on with it,” she said.
Turning her ire on the men of politics, she said Tony Abbott had to be knifed as Prime Minister, arguing his “horror budget of 2013, if he’d have rolled that out, him and Joe Hockey, with their cigars in tow, I tell you what it would have done to the people of Tasmania — it would have finished them off.”
She said Mr Turnbull had offered hope, but added: “I said, ‘If he can’t grow a spine and stand up to his own men, he’s not going to last’ and that’s exactly what happened.”
As for Barnaby Joyce, Ms Lambie, a former soldier and veterans advocate, was scathing after his call to allow wives and girlfriends to work as staffers, which would have cleared the way for him to hire the mother of his child, Vicki Campion.
“I said, ‘You selfish bastard’. I’ve got soldiers over there who’ve spent five or six years in a war zone. Their wives don’t know if they’re coming back so how about you just do the right thing and leave your
f...ing thing in your pants, that’d work,” she said. Ms Lambie is confident of winning her senate role back from former Jacqui Lambie Network cohort Steve Martin, who was second on the JLN ticket and inherited her seat by default.
Still seething at his refusal to stand aside so she could return, she said: “You could have stepped aside, you f...ing c.... I’m coming back for my seat. No bloke in Jacqui Lambie’s seat, right?
“You blokes try and do me over and I’m not putting up with it.”
Surprisingly, she has also found comfort in faith, even if she’s not a regular churchgoer.
“I’ve already booked my table in heaven and as soon as I get up there, I want a few words with God. I’ve got a lot to say,” she said.
Jacqui Lambie is a contestant on Ten's I'mA Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here. Picture:Tim Hunter