Jacqui Lambie was once a soldier in the Australian army and this feisty warrior woman is now a senator with the controversial Palmer United Party.
Senator Lambie receives a lot of negative media attention, particularly since she said on local radio that her ideal man must be “well hung.” This is not the sort of language we like to hear from a representative of parliament, nor anyone else for that matter. And it plays right into the Australian mainland’s view that Tasmanians are a pack of backward, inbred bogans.
Yet, she is a quirky politician, not only for her colourful scarves but also for her lack of pretension and forthright views.
It would be a mistake to categorise her as another Pauline Hanson, a woman despised and ridiculed by many during her short political career. Lambie may lack the sophistication of her peers but she has the ‘street smarts’ of a canny political survivor.
Recently, I met with Senator Lambie to discuss a grant application for an interactive digital media project based on the North West Coast of Tasmania. She immediately offered a letter of support and suggestions as to who to contact about funding for the project.
I thought her dark brown eyes displayed a fierce combative quality that would make a political opponent think twice before crossing her. At the very least she will make male politicians nervous, particularly those worried about the size of their genitals, and that’s not a bad thing.
She’s passionate about Tasmania and will do more to find solutions for the state’s economic woes than all the Liberal and Labor Party representatives combined.
The media will do its best to portray her as a right wing racist bigot and dismiss her as uneducated and inarticulate.
I generally disagree with the Palmer United Party on political matters but I know a savvy warrior woman when I see one.
Thanks to Jacqui Lambie for her support for the Coastal Narratives of War interactive project. pic.twitter.com/JXI9UG0rPl
— Sue Bell (@midlifexpress) August 19, 2014