Jac­qui set for jun­gle war­fare

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - HOLLY BYRNES

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

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