Categories ArchivesAugust 2015

Open letter to Opposition Leader Bill Shorten standard

Dear Bill, Over recent months, I’ve really enjoyed our informal meetings and policy discussions. The Bill Shorten I met was very different to the untrustworthy, tricky Bill Shorten that the Liberal Party has constantly talked about. And until yesterday, I stuck up for you when people asked my opinion of you. I told those who asked, that ordinary Australians could make a hand-shake deal with Bill Shorten and trust you to deliver on your promises. So you can imagine my shock, surprise and bitter disappointment when you broke your promise to me about a commitment to fund a $200k feasibility study, which examines the financial and social prospects for a new Fast Cat service between NW Tasmania and Geelong. After ...

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Lambie responds to Fast Cat Feasibility Criticism standard

Independent Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie has called on all Tasmanian politicians to make known to the public their position on her and the Geelong Mayor’s proposal to fund a Fast Cat Feasibility Study. “A $200k Fast Cat Feasibility Study is a crucial first step in a journey, which could create a new sea-link between Tasmania and Geelong and thousands of new jobs and a billion dollar boost for our economy. It’s a project, which should be supported by every Tasmanian, regardless of political party membership”, said Senator Lambie. “So I’m glad, but surprised that the Liberal member for Braddon Mr Whiteley, like a drowning man clutching at a straw – has finally entered this important Fast Cat funding debate ...

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Bill Shorten promises Lambie $200K for Fast Cat Study standard

Independent Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie has thanked Labor opposition leader after he confirmed that if Labor won the next election they would fund a $200k Fast Cat financial Feasibility Study. “ Unlike Prime Minister Abbott, Bill Shorten makes sure that he meets regularly with me – so yesterday I took the opportunity to ask if he’d support a feasibility study, which examines the establishment of a new Bass Strait, Fast Cat service between Geelong and Burnie. He immediately understood the importance of trying to establish a new fast sea link which would be guaranteed to super-charge our tourism industry and local economy. If the numbers stack up, just the build of the New Fast Cat would create 500 jobs over 2 years ...

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Absent Environment Minister has questions to answer over proposed changes to EPBC standard

Independent Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie has released a YouTube Clip where she explains her reaction to the news that the Government is seeking her support for rushed legislative changes to the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Act (EPBC) which will benefit Adani’s $16 billion QLD Carmichael coal mine. “The Greens have strangled Tasmania’s economy for 10 years. Their opposition to development in Tasmania has caused at least a loss of $5.48B worth of business development and 5,442 jobs. I’m happy to have discussions – in good faith with the Government about proposed changes to the EPBC… However I’m not going to rush into any decision. I’ve met with the Attorney General, but this is an environmental matter. I’d like my questions ...

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Tasmania needs more hospital beds not less standard

Independent Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie has in a speech to parliament last night called on the Tasmanian State Liberal government to open more hospital beds not close them. “Last night I told the parliament that – The latest State Liberal government’s health white paper is nothing more than a cleaver white wash. It is political propaganda. The liberal state government has used a slick advertising campaign, (at taxpayers expense) to cover up their plan to downgrade and close two public hospitals in Tasmania’s North West (Burnie and Devonport-Mersey) And in doing so decrease even further the availability of acute care public hospital beds and associated medical professional support for people in Devonport, Ulverstone, Burnie, Wynyard, Smithton, Stanley, Woolnorth, Zeehan, Strahan, ...

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Royal Commission must release secret reports of corruption to all Senators standard

Independent Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie has called on Royal Commissioner Hayden to release his confidential report on corruption to all Senators after the Commissioner admitted to sharing the report with all of Australia’s Premiers. “Last night I told the parliament that – I’m deeply disappointed to-date, by the refusal of Royal Commissioner Hayden to share with myself and other Cross bench Senators all of his reports and information on criminal activities and corruption in Australian politics. Specifically, I refer to his secret corruption report that he’s shared with the Prime Minister his staff, Senator Abetz his staff, all the Premiers of Australia’s states and their staff – but has refused to share with the cross bench senators. The Information is ...

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Why hasn’t the Liberals De-registered the CFMEU? standard

Independent Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie has called on the Liberal Government to properly explain why it hasn’t de-registered the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Electrical Union (CFMEU). “Yesterday In parliament I asked Senator Abetz to explain why his party didn’t deregister a Union which the Liberals described as having members who: continue to ignore the law despite the imposition of penalties. are engaged in secretly stealing private information of its members, boycotts, cartels, blackmail, extortion and even death threats. Unfortunately, Senator Abetz’s reply showed just how weak a stand on political and union corruption his government had taken.” said Senator Lambie. “As I told the Parliament that evening in an adjournment speech – If the Abbot government was serious about tackling crime ...

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Same-Sex Marriage needs to be dealt with once and for all standard

The Same Sex Marriage question could have been answered months ago, Independent Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie said. Prime Minister Tony Abbott should have announced a plebiscite on same-sex marriage at the next election when he first stepped into the role. “By taking indecisive action and showing a lack of compassion for people on both sides of the debate, Mr Abbott has divided the nation. “His first job as a Prime Minister is to unite the country,’’ Senator Lambie said. Mr Abbott announced today same-sex marriage would not be dealt with this term and may go to a plebiscite after the election. “He has already made life financially difficult for Aussie battlers with cuts to the pension, he plans on ...

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Lambie’s heartfelt plea for mandatory detox standard

In a call on all political parties to consider national legislation for mandatory detox, Independent Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie shared her struggle as a mother of a son addicted to ice. “Australian parents deserve the right to speak to their children, not the drug, when they are trying to put them back on the straight and narrow. “Australian parents deserve the right, if their children are addicted to lethal and harmful drugs like ice, to mandatory detox them,’’ Senator Lambie said. “I am a senator of Australia and my younger son has a problem with ice, and yet, even with my title, I have no control over my son. “As the law stands I cannot involuntarily detox my own ...

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