Few politicians have been more outspoken about Islam and refugees in Australia than Jacqui Lambie.
In her role as a Tasmanian Senator from 2014 to 2017, the 47-year-old former politician took divisive stances on issues like whether burqas should be banned, Sharia law, ISIS, immigration and Australia’s role in the global refugee crisis.
Specifically, she’s been highly critical of Islam and the religion’s laws and practices.
Now, the mother-of-two has found herself walking in their shoes.
For a few seconds, maybe a minute, Lambie experienced a glimpse of what the reality of living as a refugee in a war zone feels like.
While filming in Syria for SBS’ documentary-style TV show Go Back To Where You Came From, the broadcaster has confirmed Lambie and a TV crew were forced to take cover when gunfire from suspected IS insurgents broke out nearby.
Lambie was at the time joined by Sydney immigration lawyer Marina, who came to Australia as a refugee of the Bosnia War when her mother fled with her when she was a small child.
The minute-long footage of the experience is raw and frightening, shot in real time with no editing. A visibly shaken Maria can be seen being emotionally taken back to memories of her childhood, the sounds and sights a reminder of her time spent at a refugee camp as a child.
You can watch the footage of Jacqui Lambi on Go Back To Where You Came From below. Post continues after video.
The SBS series airing from Tuesday October 2 to Thursday October 4 will follow three other pairs as they’re sent to some of the most dangerous places in the world to confront their views about the global refugee crisis.