Move to halt Lambie’s book

An application to stop former Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie’s book from being published will be heard in Burnie Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Her former senior adviser, Rob Messenger, has applied to halt the release of the book.

Mr Messenger was contracted by Ms Lambie to ghost-write her autobiography but this was scuttled when the professional and personal relationship between the two deteriorated. 

He and his wife Fern were sacked by Ms Lambie by letter and email last May.

Mr Messenger is pursuing a second payment of $4000 from his former boss for the completed manuscript.

Mr Messenger has described his book as “explosive”

“It details some shocking aspects of Lambie’s life pre-politics which call into her question her fitness for office,” he said.

In seeking an injunction, Mr Messenger has argued that the premature publishing of Ms Lambie’s book may be in contempt of court.

He said there was an argument as to whether the book contained work and intellectual property from his manuscript.

The 86,000 word manuscript might be admitted as evidence in a future trial which means it could be made public.

A directions hearing on the matter will be heard on March 1.

Jacqui Lambie is due to release her own book, Rebel With A Cause, through Allen and Unwin soon.

Mr Messenger is also pursuing an unlawful dismissal claim against her in the Federal Court.

Ms Lambie was contacted for comment.