Australians have taken to social media to throw support behind independent Senator Jacqui Lambie after she made an emotional plea to Government to reconsider welfare cuts.

Speaking of her own struggles as a single mother on the disability support pension for seven years, Jaqui has touched the hearts of many families.

During a late-night sitting, Senator Lambie told the chamber she wanted them to know what is was like “to be at the bottom of the crap pile”, reports ABC news.

“It is shameful and embarrassing, but we do it not because we want to but because circumstances put us there,” she said.
“And for you to take more money off those people, you have no idea how bloody tough it is, every little cent counts to those people.

“If you really realised the damage that you are doing to that part of society, you would stop doing it.

“We’re not living when we are like that, we are surviving, we are in a bloody war zone and we are surviving.

“We are surviving to put bread on the table to make sure our kids can get the basics in life, so our kids can go to decent schools if we want that choice.

“I drove an unregistered car … [I drove] without having a licence because I couldn’t renew it.

“I want you know what it is like to be at the bottom of the crap pile through no fault of our own.”

Both supporters and opponents of the Senator praised her for representing ordinary, struggling Australians.

Well said Jacqui! Thank you for speaking up.

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  • i don’t mind this gal. i find that this chick is real and straight forward and that is refreshing to see from a polly


  • Jacqui always speaks straight from the heart. I think she is one of only a handful of honest politicians, one who actually is there to help the people, not herself


  • So much for Parliamentary priviledge. I hope she doesn’t regret saying about driving an unregistered car. I don’t know how it works in other states, but in SA it also means you’ve also got no compulsory third party insurance. Lucky her car wasn’t involved in an accident at all…..It’s even worse for the Mum if the Father of children shoots through and manages to evade paying child support.


  • so refreshing to see a politician say it how it actually is – these pollies get the big bucks and make changes that affect everyone, yet they don;t know how everyone lives – if only we could all be on a politicians salary!


  • There is disadvantage in the community and all politicians and community leaders with influence need to work on achievable strategies and outcomes to make change that is lasting.


  • you actually need people like this to make people realise what others are going through.


  • I admire her so much for standing up and explaining to a group of rich privileged self obsessed politicians what real life is like down here in the “crap heap”. I don’t agree with everything she says but I am impressed at where she has gotten in life.
    She’s right. Rego or a new fridge or even an electrcity bill in the same month as a gas bill can throw your whole budget out for months. Its really hard. I really hope she can get through to them.


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