Rostrum: Special Jacqui Lambie Edition!
Once in a while a politician comes along that you know is simply destined for fame and success. Enter Jacqui Lambie, The Palmer United Party MP from Tasmania.
While she may not command the overtly authoritarian demure of the likes of the twin-set wearing, pearl earring brigade in the Coalition ranks opposite, Ms Lambie has a unique style or her own which is kind of a Best and Less meets Target concoction.
But of course, Politics is about a whole lot more than how people look and sound, or is it? And as such Ms Lambie’s appeal surely lies somewhere beyond the boundaries of just Gagebrook and Broadmeadows.
“I’VE HAD A GUTFUL OF THIS SHIT”
The single mother of two fought a long-running battle with Veterans Affairs to receive compensation after leaving the army on medical grounds.
She wants more taxpayer-funded support for Tasmania, including from the foreign aid budget.
AUSTRALIANS PAY TOO MUCH TAX – WHO KNEW?
Senator Lambie also wants more assistance for military veterans.
She has ruled out supporting key Government policies including the $7 Medicare co-payment, deregulation of university fees and cuts to welfare.
The Government has so far failed to successfully reach out to the combative Senator.
Described by PUP’s Queensland parliamentary leader, Alex Douglas, as a “bogan”, Senator Lambie has an unusual pedigree for a federal politician.
Lambie secured only 1501 first-preference votes at the election and called Prime Minister Tony Abbott a “psychopath” who needs a “bucket of cement” to “toughen up.”
Asked if she was interested in becoming Prime Minister one day, she said that she “absolutely” aspired to take on Tony Abbott for the top job.
Ms Lambie lists her favourite weapon as an M60 submachine gun and admits that she only joined PUP because she was running out of money.
In the Liberal preselection ballot in 2012, Senator Lambie did not gain a single vote.
She later confronted Tasmanian Liberal Party state director Sam McQuestin and accused him of running a “boy’s club”.
Mr McQuestin rejected the attack, pointing to other female candidates.
He said she was later automatically expelled from the Liberal Party when she announced she would run against them.
GET OVER IT!