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Jacqui Lambie is hot-blooded, unpredictable and often startlingly candid. Rising to public office with the Palmer United Party in 2013, she quickly outplayed her billionaire party leader, and struck out on her own as an independent for Tasmania in the Senate. In her new memoir, Rebel with a Cause, she shares her story in detail.
Hailing from north-western Tasmania, one of the most disadvantaged pockets of the country, Lambie has fought hard for welfare recipients, veterans and families affected by ice addiction, speaking compellingly on these issues from personal experience. Her views on Islam and immigration, meanwhile, have attracted controversy and censure.
She was felled by last year’s citizenship debacle, but you can bet we haven’t heard the last of Jacqui Lambie. In the first Fifth Estate session of the year, she’ll talk with host Sally Warhaft about outsiders, authenticity and why ‘you can’t keep a bloody Lambie down’.
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Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, the Fifth Estate, now in its sixth year. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.
Jacqui Lambie was born on 26 February 1971 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.
Sally Warhaft has been the Wheeler Centre’s in-house news anchor since 2012. In 2018 – over 100 episodes in – the anthropologist, broadcaster and intrepid interviewer’s fortnightly live series continues, as she responds to the most important debates of the day and reignites stories that have fallen off the front pages.
Every second Tuesday, Sally hosts a dizzying array of guests from the worlds of politics, culture, international relations and beyond, in a witty and revealing analysis of current affairs. It’s an event series and a live podcast taping rolled into one. Topical guests are announced in the weeks prior to events: keep an eye on our website (or in the Wheeler Weekly) for updates.
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