“We all had high hopes,” Lambie tells Annabel Crabb over a shared lunch. “I was always a big supporter of his from day one. I’m disappointed like everyone else is.”
She’s talking about Malcolm Turnbull of course, the leader who signalled a change; an abandonment from Tony Abbott’s scare campaigns and ill informed policy proposals and an era of “little l” liberalism for the Liberals.
But now we’re weeks away from an election, with Lambie’s seat up for grabs again, far earlier than she’d ever planned for it to be.
Whether we want to admit it or not, Jacqui Lambie is one of those parliamentarians that as a nation, we find easy to make fun of and push aside.
She speaks with an unapologetic Aussie twang. She talks plainly and to the point. She came into politics via Clive Palmer. She has said some pretty ill informed things.
But on Thursday night she suddenly became more real and more honest than just about any other parliamentarian we're yet to see.
And in the lead up to an election that will go on to determine the cost of healthcare, education, parental support and housing, that's a pretty important quality to possess. It's one that we're all craving.
It turns out that Lambie has a fantastic (and somewhat hilarious) ball gown collection that Crabb is allowed to rifle through.