Jacqui Lambie stuns in bright gown for the Parliamentary Ball 51



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When Australia’s political elite gathered in Canberra for the annual Parliamentary Ball it appeared black was to be the colour of evening, revealing the real dark side of life in the politics.

While much discussion erupted over whether foreign minister Julie Bishop and Tony Abbott’s former chief of staff Peta Credlin committed a fashion faux pas by appearing to be wearing similar dresses (although we don’t seeย a similarity — do you?) , it was Jacqui Lambie who was turning heads.


The Tasmanian senator documented her entire pre-ball beauty preparation on social media and revealed that fellow senator Derryn Hinch would be her ‘mystery date’ for the evening.

Lambie also broke with the trend of the evening by donning a strapless red gown and clutch for the event, which she accessorised with a diamond necklace and pendant earrings.

Ensuring that he complimented her striking looking, Hinch slung a red scarf over his suit.

Jacquie Lambie and Derryn Hinch arrived arm in arm. Photo: The Guardian.
Jacquie Lambie and Derryn Hinch arrived arm in arm. Photo: The Guardian.

Her entire preparation took around two hours, starting a 5:30pm, and involved false eyelashes, natural make-up application and a hair piece that needed to be pinned in.

The annual Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery Midwinter Ball brings together the journalistic, political and corporate chiefs of Australia. Usually held in the third week of June, this year’s event was postponed because of the July 2 election.

The night is full of glamour and irreverence, networking and entertainment, but while there is plenty of fun to be had the ball is also for a good cause — raising more than $3.2 million for charity this year.

Do you like Jacquie Lambie’s dress here? Do you think her and Derryn Hinch will make a formidable pair in parliament?

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  1. love it she and Derrin look like they are going to a ball how drab every one in black go girl your question yes i do

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  2. Love that she is an individual that doesn’t conform with the rest. Love the dress and colour and think her date is awesome. Will be interesting in government now as these two will not take a backward step, bring it on.

  3. Yeah they look. Great. More importantly how much did this event cost us and how much of the 3.2m went to charities???????

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    • I was thinking the exact same thing Anne!

  4. Both of them looked lovely, Jackie just gorgeous

  5. Love the colour ….perhaps it was the camera angle ,but, I think something with straps or sleeves would have looked nice

  6. She looks stunning,Derryn would have looked better with a tie,but no one is looking at him anyway …

  7. Looking really lovely.how nice to get away from the drab blacksNice touch Daryn

  8. “Bad grammar correction”…Do you think SHE and Derryn Hinch will make a formidable pair ?

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    • Unfortunately the younger generation were told grammatical rules were not important to learn. But, Rebecca, it is so easy to check when you have a name plus a pronoun (e.g. “Her”) at the start of a sentence. If you leave out Derryn, would you ever write “do you think that HER will make…” Clearly you would write ” do you think that SHE will make…” and therefore the sentence with the name included should read “Do you think SHE and Derryn will make….”

  9. They made an amazing entrance – lit up the room…..when’s the wedding?

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    • Oh come on he’s old enough to be her father has been married four times and is an ex alcoholic with bad health. I think she can do much better than him. Talk about used goods.

  10. Beautifull dress and also can’t wait for Jacqui and Derryn too have their say in parlement ,bring it on

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