Categories ArchivesMarch 2017

Reverse cuts to Community Legal Centres standard

When the Community Legal Centres’ funding is cut by $34 million in July, hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people will lose access to justice, independent Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie said at a press conference today. “Vulnerable Australians keep getting poorer and poorer, and cutting funding to Community Legal Services is an absolute disgrace by the Government. “Leave those people that are on welfare alone. Stop sledging them with a hammer. It is enough,” Senator Lambie said. “Let vulnerable people have access to justice and access to legal representation free of charge so they can sort their business out. “Furthermore, these cuts are in direct opposition to the Government’s plan to support victims of domestic violence – it doesn’t add ...

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Senate votes to protect veterans’ privacy standard

Last night the Senate voted to protect veterans’ privacy when it passed the Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Digital Readiness and Other Measures) Bill 2017 with a Government amendment to omit the Public Interest Disclosure from the legislation. A second amendment from Labor, which also passed, excludes decisions that are adverse to a client from computer decision-making is also a win for Veterans by protecting them from computer programs that say “no” to a claim which would then be assessed by a human delegate. “This is a clear win for veterans as their privacy would continue to be protected, while the claims process will become more streamlined with the introduction of ICT,” Independent Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie said. “It was ...

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Second Bass Link Cable a game changer for Tasmania standard

Second Bass Link Cable a game changer for Tasmania Independent Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie has called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to invest in a second Bass Link Cable for Tasmania. “If Prime Minister Turnbull can invest $2 billion in the Snowy Hydro Scheme, he can also put aside $1 billion for a second Bass Link Cable,” Senator Lambie said. “A second Bass Link Cable is more than just an insurance policy for Tasmania, it is an investment opportunity and it is a game changer for the Tasmanian economy. “With new pumped Hydro technology and a second Bass Link Cable, Tasmania will see new Renewable investment in Tasmania, with it opportunities to export more power,” Senator Lambie said. “Tasmania ...

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Lambie sits on secret Senate hearing into SAS torture allegations standard

Independent JLN Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie today was part of a Senate Committee hearing held in secret or “in camera” – which examined allegations that Australia Defence Force’s Resistance to Interrogation (RTI *) course had gone rouge and participants had been beaten, bound, forced to sign indemnity forms under extreme duress, then held for many days in cells, tortured, deprived of food, suffered from deliberately induced psychosis and in some cases sexually assaulted. “I can’t say what happened at the closed to the public senate committee hearing today, because that would be in contempt of parliament. But I can direct people to the already available information contained in public submissions which are posted on the Parliamentary website: If ...

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Lambie urges all non-government Senators to block Liberal’s Digital Readiness Bill to stop increase in veterans’ suicides standard

Independent Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie has called on Crossbench and Opposition Senators to block the Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Digital Readiness and Other Measures) Bill 2016, which will give an official from the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), powers to publicly release personal information about veterans. “This Bill is proof the Australian Government cares more for its political reputation than it does for our veterans’ health. According to the Government’s summary of the Bill, this bill will ‘enable the secretary to disclose information about a particular case or class of cases where the secretary certifies that it is necessary in the public interest to do so’,” Senator Lambie said. “This Bill also proves that a toxic and dangerous culture ...

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