‘Mate … you better treat me better’: Jacqui Lambie warns Scott Morrison to ‘drop the attitude’ as she returns to public life – after she was booted from the Senate over her dad’s citizenship
- Straight-shooting senator, 48, has won back her place in nation’s Parliament
- Lambie demanded Scott Morrison treat her ‘a hell of a lot better than last time’
- The Tasmanian’s victory caps off a rough two years for former Army corporal
- She had to quit the Senate in 2017 because her father was born in Scotland
- The pair shared an emotional embrace as ABC predicted victory on Saturday
A triumphant Jacqui Lambie will return to the Senate – and she’s put Prime Minister Scott Morrison on notice that he better treat her ‘a hell of a lot better’ this time.
The plain-speaking ex-Army corporal was hailed as a ‘breath of fresh air’ during her last stint in Parliament but was booted out due to a citizenship issue two years ago.
The ABC’s election computer has projected Ms Lambie, 48, is ‘likely’ to have won a crucial seat on the Senate crossbench.
She unleashed one of her trademark sprays at Mr Morrison after the national broadcaster projected on Saturday that she will probably return to Canberra.
‘DROP THE ATTITUDE’: Jacqui Lambie celebrated victory with a trademark spray at newly elected Prime Minister Scott Morrison
The victory was especially emotional for Ms Lambie and her father. She had to quit the Senate because her dad was born in Scotland and she was entitled to British citizenship
‘You know what Scott Morrison?
‘I hope to God you and your people treat me a hell of a lot better than what they did that three-and-a-half years I was up here,’ she said.
‘Otherwise, mate, if I’m part of that balance of power, we’re going to have a lot of difficulty getting things through.’
Ms Lambie said if she wasn’t treated right, she would cost Mr Morrison ‘a lot of money’.
The outspoken politician then had some blunt advice for Mr Morrison: ‘You know what? DROP THE ATTITUDE”.
You know what (Scott Morrison? DROP THE ATTITUDE
Jacqui Lambie following Scott Morrison’s re-election
The win was especially emotional for Ms Lambie.
Her father was devastated when she was forced to resign from the Senate in November 2017 because he was born in Scotland.
That meant she was entitled to become a British citizenship and in breach of Section 44 of the constitution as a member of Parliament.
The pair tearfully embraced at her victory party on Saturday night.
The former Army corporal has lived on the dole and connected with voters with her open discussion of her love life
Her victory caps a rough three years where she was forced to run for her old job all over again
Ms Lambie is well-regarded by the public and has been praised for having life experience that few Federal politicians share.
She spent time on the dole, is candid about her love life and has been embroiled in battles with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs over a military disability pension.
She was originally elected to the Senate at the 2013 election as a member of Clive Palmer’s United Party (PUP) but struck out on her own after developing a national profile for herself.
Ms Lambie caused a stir during the election campaign by posting this photo – with a caption saying ‘I love my sausage’
Since her shock 2017 ousting, Ms Lambie has kept her head down, working to win votes around the island state and only catching the attention of the national media on a few occasions.
There was the cheeky photograph where she ate a dagwood dog and captioned it: ‘You guys know I like my sausage’.
And there were her kind words wishing her former party boss, Clive Palmer, ‘good luck’, despite previous tensions with the eccentric billionaire.
If her election is confirmed, Ms Lambie will resume her seat in the Senate on July 1. She said she has ‘unfinished business’ in the Upper House.
At the weekend, viral comedy website The Betoota Advocate celebrated her return with the headline: ‘REPORT: Break out the f***en’ Yellowglen, she’s back.’
WHO’S IN AND WHO’S OUT OF THE SENATE THIS ELECTION
Jim Molan – The former General father of presenter Erin Molan is unlikely to win a seat
Fraser Anning – The far-right senator failed to win enough votes after condemnation over Christchurch remarks
Derryn Hinch – Former shock-jock could not snag his seat in the Senate back
Lucy Gichuhi – Prominent Liberal senator was relegated to an unwinnable spot on the ticket
Peter Georgiou – Another One Nation senator bites the dust
Duncan Spender – David Leyonhjelm’s replacement was voted out
Malcolm Roberts – Pauline Hanson’s right-hand man is expected to be back
Sarah Hanson-Young – Prominent Green will be back
Jordan Steele-John – Another prominent Green will return