The insults thrown around in both the House of Representatives and the Senate are an art form, and while not all MPs are masters, there are some who are on their way to (some form of) greatness. In the Senate yesterday, Jacqui Lambie took aim at Cory Bernardi, roping in sex workers at the same time:

“I think it is important to make a point in the debate surrounding donations linked to the Chinese Communist government to Australian political parties. Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi lecturing this parliament and displaying mock outrage regarding Labor Senator Sam Dastyari and Chinese political donations is like an angry prostitute lecturing us about the benefits of celibacy. Before I receive unfair criticism from sex workers, I apologise to them profusely for comparing them to Senator Bernardi — I know that is a really terrible low-down thing to do. I can tell you, prostitutes are far more honest, sincere, humane, compassionate and give you a better bang for your buck than Senator Bernardi will ever be able to deliver.”

When called on a point of order and given the opportunity to rephrase the insult by Acting Deputy President Alex Gallacher, Lambie didn’t retreat at all:

“When it comes to political donations linked to the Communist government in China, Senator Bernardi and his Liberal colleagues are rank hypocrites. The Liberal Party and former Liberal colleagues are under the spell of the political donations linked to the Chinese government.”

We’re not sure how the sex work industry has taken towards being dragged into this debate.

Peter Fray

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