Love her or hate her, you can’t deny that Jacqui Lambie was one of the most heartfelt and unscripted figures in Australian Parliament before the citizenship crisis forced her to resign. Her memoir Rebel with a Cause charts her story from working-class beginnings, to the Australia army, and her struggles as a single mum and her time in Canberra. The Guardian editor Lenore Taylor meets Jacqui to ask about her remarkable life, if a return to Parliament is likely and why “you can’t keep a bloody Lambie down”.
Jacqui Lambie (Australian)
Jacqui Lambie was born in Tasmania, and was raised in a public housing estate in Devonport. She served 10 years in the Australian Army before injury forced her out of uniform. She was elected as a Senator for Tasmania at the 2013 federal election representing the Palmer United Party. Her term began in July 2014. In November 2014, Lambie resigned from the Palmer United Party to sit in the Senate as an independent. In May 2015, she formed the Jacqui Lambie Network political party, established with Lambie as its leader. She was re-elected to the Senate in 2016. On November 14, 2017, she resigned from the Senate after it was confirmed she was a dual national by descent. She is the mother of two boys. Her memoir is Rebel With A Cause.
Lenore Taylor (Australian)
Lenore Taylor has been the editor of Guardian Australia for almost two years. Before her appointment as editor she was the Guardian's political editor and worked as a political journalist and leading commentator for almost three decades. She has won two Walkley awards and has twice won the Paul Lyneham award for excellence in press gallery journalism. She was also a foreign correspondent in Europe for The Australian Financial Review. She co-authored a book, Shitstorm, on the Rudd government's response to the global economic crisis. She is a regular panelist on the ABC's Insiders program and serves as deputy chair of the Walkley advisory board.