Lidia Thorpe’s colleagues have warned the rogue senator to ‘take responsibility for her actions’ after she ridiculed a man outside a strip club as having a ‘small penis’.
The Greens defector was captured on video outside a Melbourne nightclub about 3am on Sunday morning engaged in a verbal stoush with a group of men.
In the footage, Senator Thorpe can be seen taunting a man about the size of his genitalia and using coarse language.
During an appearance on Sky News on Monday, Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie said there was ‘no way of getting out of this’ and even suggested that Ms Thorpe go and get counselling.
Lidia Thorpe’s colleagues in Parliament are calling on her to ‘take responsibility’
‘I think that when you are out that late and you put yourself in that sort of situation, you better take responsibility for your actions,’ Ms Lambie said.
‘You are a politician, and sometimes we do muck up, but not taking any responsibility for that yourself is not very helpful.
‘If you do not think you’re in a good way, go and do what the rest of us do – go and get some counselling or psychology because quite frankly, something needs to be done.
‘But I would say this to Lidia: you just cannot keep doing this.
‘A good start would be admitting you are part of the problem and the responsibility of your own actions need to be taken into your own hands.’
Ms Lambie conceded there was not much the parliament could do in terms of punishing Ms Thorpe for her repeated involvement in incidents.
Not impressed: Jacqui Lambie had some real talk for her colleague Lidia Thorpe on Monday morning
Meanwhile, Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce said he was starting to ‘feel sorry’ for Senator Thorpe.
‘I think that she has to have some serious conversations with a few people about how she is conducting herself and whether it is appropriate and how she gets into that position to act like that,’ he told Channel 7.
His panel mate, Environment Minister Tanya Plibserk said Senator Thorpe’s behaviour was ‘obviously unacceptable’.
‘It doesn’t matter if you’re a member of Parliament or your average person, I think that sort of behaviour in public is just not acceptable.
‘As for whether the Parliament should have the ability to intervene, I think that’s something we would have to consider very carefully.’
Mr Joyce said he did not believe Senator Thorpe should be kept out of parliament.
‘I think once you are elected, you are elected. It can come with a whole range of other issues you can do within the parliament but the Australian people will kick (you) out at the next election,’ he said.
Senator Thorpe is not up for re-election until 2028.
In a statement, Senator Thorpe said she did not start the exchange, but had responded to taunts and harassment leveraged against her.
She said she had not done anything wrong.
‘It’s sad people are utilising whatever they can to drag me down when we’re trying to discuss important issues in this country,’ she said.
Senator Thorpe was contacted for comment.
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