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Wednesday 24 September 2014

I want a well-hung man who's rich, says Aussie MP

Jonathan Pearlman in Sydney

Published 23/07/2014 | 02:30

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Jacqui Lambe: outspoken single mum. Photo: Getty Images
Jacqui Lambe: outspoken single mum. Photo: Getty Images

Jacqui Lambie, an Australian MP who shares the balance of power in the upper house, has apologised after declaring in a radio interview that she is looking for a partner who is "well-hung" and loaded.

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"They don't even need to speak," said Ms Lambie, a 43-year-old single mother of two.

The outspoken senator is a member of tycoon Clive Palmer's new party, which has three seats on the cross-bench in Australia's senate, or upper house.

The somewhat unpredictable and unruly party has so far proven an obstacle for Tony Abbott, who has frequently counted on the backing of Mr Palmer's party.

In a radio interview in her home state of Tasmania, Ms Lambie told Heart FM that her ideal partner "must have heaps of cash and they've got to have a package between their legs".

When a 22-year-old listener named Jamie offered to date the MP, she asked: "You don't have any diseases do you?"

The exchange continued as James assured the former military policewoman he could handle her, which prompted her to ask: "Are you well-hung?"

Ms Lambie then appeared to acknowledge that the banter may have tested the bounds of propriety. "I can see my 24-year-old son now, he'd be cringing," she said.

The interview prompted claims that Ms Lambie was the beneficiary of double-standards and that a male who made similar comments would be excoriated.

Ms Lambie later issued an apology, saying she made jokes to hide her embarrassment over talking about her love life. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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