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Outspoken senator Jacqui Lambie has explained why she has been banned by Qantas for six months, with a blow-up at staff behind the embarrassing measure.
Ms Lambie revealed to Today on Thursday morning that she had apologised after she “blew her stack” at staff.
“I have apologised profusely, I went on a rant and I deserve everything I got from Qantas,” she said.
“I’ve tried to apologise to those staff members and I’ve even written a letter myself apologising for that a few months ago.
“That ban will stay – I deserve every bit of that ban, and once again I am profusely apologetic to those staff members involved.”
The Tasmanian senator said she let rip at staff members after a long day.
“It had been a long few weeks up in parliament, and it’s just been a really, really long year,” she said.
“Basically, I blew my stack.
“Unfortunately, there were a couple of Qantas staff members that wore that, and they should never have worn that, and basically it was really unfair of me to do what I did to them.
“I am extremely apologetic for my behaviour for that few minutes.”
After her explanation, host Karl Stefanovic had a cheeky offer for the firebrand politician.
“If you want to let off some steam just call Ali or me,” he joked, referencing co-host Allison Langdon.
“I’ve got your number,” Ms Lambie returned.
The Age reported on Thursday morning that Ms Lambie had threatened staff members with “pussy power” and referred to Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce, who is gay, with a homophobic slur.
“Your CEO is a poof,” she reportedly said in the incident on March 25 in the Chairman’s Lounge in Melbourne.