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Meet the Small Parties: The Jacquie Lambie Network standard

Cate Speaks: Ah, the Jacqui Lambie Network.  I don’t always agree with Jacqui Lambie, but I do like her.  For the twelve people who don’t already know this, Jacqui appeared on the political landscape as a successful Senator for the Palmer United Party in 2013, but quickly broke ranks to become an Independent.  Like my other Senate favourite, Ricky Muir, she came into the Senate with no background in politics, and intially did say a number of foolish things.  She also has a fairly broad, working class accent, which has, unfortunately, made it easier for people to dismiss her as stupid. But (again like Ricky), Jacqui learned on the job, and has become an effective and popular Senator for Tasmania.  ...

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ABC: Seafarers ‘devastated’ by influx of foreign workers in maritime industry standard

Australian seafarers are warning that the local industry is at risk of going under unless the influx of foreign workers is halted. Hundreds of overseas contractors are currently working on the Australian coast despite close to 1,000 local maritime workers looking for jobs — about one sixth of the entire workforce. “Families are devastated,” said Thomas Mayor, secretary of the NT branch of the Maritime Union. The lack of jobs has been blamed on falling commodity prices and a decline in manufacturing, but unions have said that is only half the story. “[Jobs] aren’t drying up because there’s no work, but drying up because the Government is allowing $2 an hour exploited labour to replace them on the coast,” Mr ...

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The Mercury – Lambie vote helps set up trigger for early election standard

TASMANIAN  Senator Jacqui Lambie has played a pivotal role in setting Australia on course for its first double dissolution election in four decades. Australia today embarks on an unofficial 74-day election campaign after four crossbench senators last night blocked the Government’s plans to re-establish a national body to tackle union corruption. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is set to confirm he will take the country to a double dissolution election on July 2 after the Senate blocked Bills to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission. The Bills were defeated 36-34 in the Senate last night, with crossbench senators Lambie, right, Glenn Lazarus, Ricky Muir and John Madi­gan siding with Labor and the Greens. The Government needed six of the eight ...

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The Advocate – Lambie key in blocking ABCC legislation standard

TASMANIAN crossbench Senator Jacqui Lambie has played a key role in rejecting the Turnbull government’s move to reinstate a building industry watchdog, which could send Australia to the polls on July 2. The Senate rejected the Australian Building and Construction Commission bill on Monday night, giving the government a trigger to call a double dissolution election. Click here to read full article: http://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/3855544/lambie-rejects-abcc/

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The Huffington Post Australia – Jacqui Lambie Network Unveils Senate Candidates Across The Country standard

Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie has unveiled three military veterans as NSW candidates for her party’s Senate push, bringing the Jacqui Lambie Network’s field to eight. Lambie, elected to the Senate in 2013 as a member of the Palmer United Party, broke away from the party in November 2014 and formed the JLN in May 2015. Lambie is a popular figure in her native Tasmania, and recent reports claim she may capture two or more seats in her home state at a double dissolution election. She has already unveiled several candidates for the JLN’s Senate push in Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania, including former RAAF officer Hugh Dolan, adventure tourism operator and former army man Bob Davis, designer Matt Timson, Devonport Mayor ...

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News.com.au – Three senators could play a key role in the next Government standard

March 27 2016, Paul Osborne AAP THREE senators could play a decisive role in the next government. Nick Xenophon, Jacquie Lambie and Glenn Lazarus are tipped to survive what is being termed Malcolm Turnbull’s “nuclear option”. The Prime Minister has laid the groundwork for an almost certain double-dissolution election on July 2. With support of the Greens, the Coalition has changed the way in which Senators are elected. Voters will be able to cast preferences above the line on the Senate ballot paper, rather than simply vote “1” and let the parties decide where the preferences go via what is known as a group voting ticket. Preferences can also be cast below the line for individual candidates, but not every box ...

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