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Jacqui Lambie and Waleed Aly come face-to-face over Sharia law

“I think it could have been done better ... And the more you learn the better off you’re going to be.”

By Kate Wagner
Accidental Scotswoman Jacqui Lambie appeared on The Project last night, coming vis-à-vis with Waleed Aly to discuss Sharia law.
The former senator made headlines earlier this year for her screaming match with Muslim youth leader, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, over the meaning of Sharia law and its place in Australia.
Last night, panellist Aly asked her about the interview.
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“When you’d go off on things like the sharia stuff, you didn’t really know that stuff very well, but you had a really strong view about it,” he said.
“I wonder was that something that you look back on and think you could have done it better?”
“I think it could have been done better,” she said of her reaction. “It could have been, knowing the topic. Knowledge is power, Waleed, as you’d know. You’re an academic. And the more you learn the better off you’re going to be.”
But does she regret it?
“I don’t like it. We have one law in the country and that’s Australian law - nothing will change my mind on that,” she countered.
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“I might not [have] had a grasp three years ago. I have a clear grasp now. There is one law and one law only - that is Australian law.
“Some will agree on this side and others won’t agree on this, that’s the truth of the matter. We can argue the point black and blue. Some will say it’s very moderate. That’s fine. No worries.
“There are many out there that are concerned about sharia law and there’s no doubt about that.
“If we make a better understanding, this country needs to learn there’s nothing wrong with bringing up a subject and putting it across the table and speaking about it, but respecting each other’s views and trying to get it out so we can sort it out.
“I think this country has been really bad at that. I think we still, in this country, are sitting in the 1970s where they think if we can’t deal with it, we sweep it under the carpet.
“If you don’t talk it out, you’ll never come up with the solutions that you need.”
The outspoken politician also said she felt sorry for Abdel-Magied who escaped to London after severe backlash to an Anzac Day tweet.
“She took me on and I came out and said I did feel for her, she was getting belted out there,” Lambie said, noting Abdel-Magied had “still not handled that, I don’t think, as well as what she should [have]”.
“In saying that she’s still quite young and we learn from our mistakes. I’m not sure who is advising her, but when sometimes things aren’t going that well, you need to pick it up yourself and you’ve got to change course here because you’re not getting it quite right and not selling it properly.”