SHARIA: Lambie confronts Waleed Aly

COLOURFUL Tasmanian politician Jacqui Lambie came face-to-face with Waleed Aly on The Project on Thursday night over their views on sharia law.

It happened just before an appearance on the ABC's 730 program where she joked she would "be on the dole line in weeks" and said, of her time with Clive Palmer, that she felt she was an "underdog".

She also denied claims she had a drinking problem, saying "I'm not a problem drinker".

"I think that's why you can see people coming out, saying I haven't seen her have a drink at a function," she told 730.

In a wide-ranging interview on The Project which saw the former Tasmanian senator admit she was "carrying a bit of baggage" but she has since been able to "move on", the controversial Lambie made almost a mate out of Waleed, who is a moderate Muslim.

But it could have gone either way.

"When you'd go off on things like the sharia stuff, you didn't really know that stuff very well, but you had a really strong view about it," Waleed said.

"I wonder was that something that you look back on and think you could have done it better?"

Lambie has been a strong opponent of sharia law, famously clashing with Muslim activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied on Q&A in February this year.

"We have one law in this country and it is the Australian law. It is not sharia law, not in this country. Not in my day," she hissed at Ms Abdel-Magied.


Thursday night's conversation with Aly saw a more contemplative answer from Lambie.

"I think it could have been done better," she said of her response.

"It could have been, knowing the topic. Knowledge is power, Waleed, as you'd know. You're an academic. And the more you learn, the better off you're going to be."

Asked if she had any regrets, she said: "I don't like it. We have one law in the country and that's Australian law - nothing will change my mind on that.

"I might not (have) had a grasp three years ago. I have a clear grasp now. There is one law and one law only, that is Australian law.

"Some will agree on this side and others won't agree on this, that's the truth of the matter. We can argue the point black and blue. Some will say it's very moderate. That's fine. No worries. "There are many out there that are concerned about sharia law and there's no doubt about that.

"If we make a better understanding, this country needs to learn there's nothing wrong with bringing up a subject and putting it across the table and speaking about it, but respecting each other's views and trying to get it out so we can sort it out.

"I think this country has been really bad at that. I think we still, in this country, are sitting in the 1970s where they think if we can't deal with it, we sweep it under the carpet.

"If you don't talk it out, you'll never come up with the solutions that you need."


Of her opponent Yassmin, Lambie said she "felt for her" at the time of her controversial Anzac Day post, after she wrote - and then deleted - "Lest We Forget (Manus. Nauru. Syria. Palestine)".

"She took me on and I came out and said I did feel for her, she was getting belted out there," Lambie said, noting Ms Abdel-Magied had "still not handled that, I don't think, as well as what she should (have)".

"In saying that she's still quite young and we learn from our mistakes. I'm not sure who is advising her, but when sometimes things aren't going that well, you need to pick it up yourself and you've got to change course here because you're not getting it quite right and not selling it properly."

Lambie said she was determined to get back into politics after her involvement with the citizenship crisis with her father's Scottish heritage forced her to give up her seat.

"If that opportunity's up there and the Tasmanians give me another opportunity, I'd really like to get back up there.

"I'm not going away. I need to get back in there as soon as possible."

On ABC's 730 program, she said she felt like she was an underdog when she first ran, with Palmer United.

"I don't feel like that any more. We have great candidates and we're coming and we want seats," Lambie said of her Tasmanian election next year with the Lambie network.

On QandA this week, Lambie sensationally claimed there are "more people going down" in the citizenship scandal consuming Australian politics, saying MPs who have yet to be publicly named in the scandal have privately told her they're "in trouble".

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