I'm A Celebrity 2019: Jacqui Lambie Fires Up Over Trans Rights, "You're Either Born A Man Or A Woman"
During a chat about the state of Australian politics, former Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie fired up over the rights of transgender Australians.
Speaking to Dermott Brereton, Lambie slammed former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as a “disaster”.
“Abbott was worse with that horror budget of 2013," she added.
Calling Abbott’s policy of stopping the boats “the best thing he did”, Lambie went on to hit out at current foreign policy.
“Why the f**k do we help out Indonesia?” she asked Brereton.
“One of our biggest threats sitting across and we’re throwing money at them.”
This is the weak-as-piss politicians that we have.
Lambie has been clear that her time on I’m A Celebrity was a plan to get her name back into households in the lead-up to the next federal election, where she will seek to re-enter politics after quitting the Senate in 2017 due to her dual citizenship.
According to Lambie, her mother was the one that convinced her the show was a cost-effective way of getting airtime.
“Even my mum said it, ‘You need to suck it up Jacqui and you need to go on there, you can’t afford the advertising’.” Lambie told the other celebs.
When Brereton mentioned the Greens party, Labie fired up saying, “Now we’re into moving Australia day, we’re into transgender and making sure we can change their f**king birth certificates.”
“Stupid Tasmania, they did that just before Christmas time,” Lambie continued.
The amendments proposed by the Tasmanian state government would see a person’s gender no longer printed on birth certificates unless requested by parents or a person over the age of 16. Gender would still be recorded in medical records.
Despite attempts from the Tasmanian government’s attempt at passing an amendment late last year, the reform was delayed until March.
The bill was hotly debated with Prime Minister Scott Morrison weighing in on what he called a “ridiculous” plan.
Despite the amendments not being passed at this stage, Lambie was still furious at the thought of gender being an opt-in part of a birth certificate.
“When you are born, you’re either a male or a female,” Lambie said before Brereton added, “Or you’re born a hermaphrodite.”
The term “hermaphrodite” is often used to mistakenly describe someone who is intersex, which GLAAD defines as “people born with reproductive or sexual anatomy and/or a chromosome pattern that can't be classified as typically male or female”.
The term Brereton used is outdated and also considered derogatory.
Meanwhile, Lambie continued discussing the issue of birth certificates.
“It is a true document of the time that you are born. If you are male or female. Very simple," she claimed.
Tasmanian Greens leader Cassy O’Connor said in Parliament “The inclusion of gender on birth certificates has one effect, and that is to perpetuate discrimination against people who are transgender or gender diverse.
“And if you want to do anything other than that,” Brereton added, “I’ll support you after.”
The strong dialogue was criticised by many who felt the former senator was using her platform to push transphobic policies.