Lidia Thorpe’s colleagues have warned the renegade senator to “take responsibility for her actions” after she mocked a man outside a strip club for having a “small penis”.
The independent senator, who recently defected from the Greens, was caught on video outside a Melbourne nightclub around 3am on Sunday morning arguing with a group of men.
In the footage, Senator Thorpe can be seen taunting one man about the size of his genitals and telling another in a menacing tone, “You are marked”.
During an appearance on Sky News on Monday, Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie said there was “no way out of this” and even suggested Ms Thorpe should go and seek counseling.
Lidia Thorpe’s colleagues in Parliament urge her to ‘take responsibility’
“I think if you’re out this late and you put yourself in a situation like that, you’d better take responsibility for your actions,” Ms Lambie said.
“They are politicians and sometimes we mess up, but not taking responsibility for it isn’t very helpful.
“If you think you’re not feeling well, go and do what the rest of us are doing – go and get counseling or psychological treatment because, frankly, something needs to be done.
“But that’s what I would say to Lidia: you just can’t go on with this.
“A good start would be to admit that you are part of the problem and need to take responsibility for your own actions into your own hands.”
Ms Lambie acknowledged there was not much Parliament could do to punish Ms Thorpe for her repeated involvement in incidents.
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Meanwhile, Nationals Rep. Barnaby Joyce said he was “starting to feel sorry for” Senator Thorpe.
“I think she needs to have some serious conversations with a few people about how she’s behaving and if it’s appropriate and how she’s going to put herself in that position to behave like that,” he told Channel 7.
His panelmate, Environment Secretary Tanya Plibserk, said Senator Thorpe’s behavior was “manifestly unacceptable”.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re an MP or an average person, I think that kind of behavior in public is just not acceptable.
“I think we have to examine very carefully whether Parliament should have the opportunity to intervene.”
Mr Joyce said he did not think Senator Thorpe should be kept out of Parliament.
“I think once you’re elected, you’re elected. It can come with a whole host of other issues that you can get done in Parliament, but the Australian people will kick (you) out in the next election,” he said.
Senator Thorpe is not up for re-election until 2028.
In a statement, Senator Thorpe said she did not initiate the exchange but responded to taunts and harassment directed at her.
She said she did nothing wrong.
“It’s sad that people are doing everything they can to bring 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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