Marja Lubeck will be the first to tell you she is not a conventional MP.

The Dutch-born, former flight attendant turned union rep turned MP – whose hidden talent is balancing a spoon on her nose – likes to "say it the way it is".

"I'm from a Dutch background so we tend to just put it all out there – beating around the bush, we don't know about that."

It's a Tuesday afternoon and we're heading to the Backbencher opposite Parliament.

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The dining area is festooned with large caricature puppets of politicians along its walls and she decides to