Jacqui Lambie's colourful outbursts and passionate arguments sidelined — for now

Jacqui Lambie's colourful outbursts and passionate arguments sidelined — for now

Jacqui Lambie's colourful outbursts and passionate arguments sidelined — for now

Updated 15 November 2017, 6:55 AEDT

Jacqui Lambie has survived some spectacular political bust-ups — but in the end it's the constitution, not her political opponents, who've caused this potentially temporary end to her political career, writes Louise Yaxley.

Jacqui Lambie has outlasted her political mentor Clive Palmer, as well as footy star Glen Lazarus and businessman Dio Wang, who joined the Senate with her in the Palmer United Party.

In the end it was the constitution, not her political opponents, that caused this potentially temporary end to her representative career.

Colourful outbursts, passionate arguments and some of the most politically incorrect comments imaginable were among her trademarks — putting her a world away from most of her more disciplined political opponents.

She had described her perfect man as needing to be "well off" and "well hung" during a radio interview in 2014, then apologised if she had offended any listeners.

Bust-ups and blow-ups

Ms Lambie has survived some spectacular bust-ups along the way, beginning with Mr Palmer, who accused her of being ordered to infiltrate his fledgling party and "act irrationally" to "blow it up".

She quit the Palmer team, set up a party named after herself, and was comfortably re-elected after the double dissolution last year.

Soon Ms Lambie was in the midst of another public row with her former chief of staff Rob Messenger, who took her to court for unlawful dismissal.

A letter from Mr Messenger detailed complaints about Ms Lambie taking her staff shopping for sex toys and complaining about "needing a root".

She responded that there were a lot of false claims in the letter and called Mr Messenger a "disgruntled former employee".

The acrimonious personal relationships have not appeared to harm Ms Lambie's political career.

'An absolute force of nature'

She has loudly and doggedly campaigned for military veterans and forced the Senate to hold inquiries into suicide by ex-service personnel.

As a battler from Burnie, she has been a loud voice for her home state of Tasmania and a frequent headache for the Coalition as she has knocked back welfare changes and big chunks of the cuts in the 2014 budget.

The former senator has berated other politicians for failing to understand the burden of working out whether to pay for school lunches or a school uniform.

"It is not a choice for many of us to be on welfare. It is shameful. And it is embarrassing. And it is bloody tough … for you to take more money off those people. You have no idea how bloody tough it is," she told the Senate.

This year, Liberal senators in Tasmania had an internal brawl because none wanted to be forced to move to Tasmania's north-west to represent the cities of Burnie and Devonport.

Ms Lambie proudly represented that corner of the state and will keep trying to do so again, either standing for the seat of Braddon or running again for the Senate.

The pain of such a daughter of the north-west coast being found ineligible to be in parliament because of Scottish heritage is obvious.

Ms Lambie's father arrived from the UK as a one-year-old baby but her mother traces her heritage to indigenous Tasmanian leader Mannalargenna.

Labor senator Doug Cameron shares the Scottish heritage that has cost Ms Lambie her job.

He led the Labor tributes for the feisty Tasmanian.

"She has been an absolute force of nature," Senator Cameron told the Senate.