It all started with Sam Dastyari, an Australian senator of the Labor Party, who has come under fire for seeking the assistance of a private company with links to Beijing to cover one of his travel bills worth $1,670.82.
Among those denouncing him is right-wing Liberal Party Senator Cory Bernardi who has called for Dastyari’s resignation and called the embattled official a “Manchurian candidate.”
Bernardi, who is himself controversial when it comes to political transparency around donations, also said the entire matter had a “stench of corruption.”
In response, independent Senator Jacqui Lambie slammed Bernardi, comparing his outrage to an "angry prostitute lecturing us about the benefits of celibacy.”
Lambie quickly issued an apology to sex workers for the comparison — only to criticize Bernardi even further.
"Before I receive unfair criticism from the sex workers, I apologize to them profusely for comparing them to Senator Bernardi — I know that is a really terrible, lowdown thing to do," she told Parliament.
"Prostitutes are far more honest, sincere, humane, compassionate and better bang-for-buck than Senator Bernardi will ever be able to deliver."
Bernardi laughed off Lambie’s remarks, saying, “Senator Lambie has acknowledged that I’m not for sale.”
This isn’t the first time Senator Lambie, a former soldier and single mother of two boys, has attracted global headlines for her outspokenness. In July 2014, she told a Tasmanian radio station her potential suitor “must have heaps of cash and they've got to have a package between their legs.”
In August that year, she suggested Australia needed to increase its military forces in order to prevent future generations “from becoming slaves to an aggressive, anti-democratic totalitarian foreign power,” while referring to the Chinese government.