Let's start with a bit of context: a debate around foreign donations to political parties has erupted after Labor senator Sam Dastyari had a Chinese company pay the excess on his travel bills.
Well, independent senator Jacqui Lambie got to her feet in the senate on Thursday to drop a savage burn on Bernardi. Here it is in two parts:
I think it is important to make this point around the debate about Australian political donations to the Chinese communist government. Liberal senator Cory Bernardi lecturing this parliament and displaying mock outrage regarding Labor senator Sam Dastyari and Chinese political donations is like an angry prostitute lecturing us about the benefits of celibacy.
Now, for part 2:
And before I receive unfair criticism from the sex workers, I apologise to them profusely in comparing them to senator Bernardi. I know that is a really terrible low down thing to do because I can tell you prostitutes are far more honest, sincere, humane, compassionate and better bang for buck than senator Bernardi will ever be able to deliver.
The comment prompted the government to raise a point of order, but Lambie had already wreaked her havoc... and she sheepishly sat down.
Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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