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S&P Questions during Senate Estimates Committee Hearings standard

Thursday 20 October 2016 Source : Senate Hansard, Economics Legislation Committee Participants:  Senator Lambie & Mr Wayne Byres – Chairman of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA). Senator LAMBIE: In his effort to repair the budget, the Treasurer warned us about the risk to Australia’s AAA credit rating. I think this morning he talked about visiting the ratings agency S&P—or Standard & Poor’s. Do you know if that is correct? Mr Byres: I know it is correct that he talked about it, and I understand that, when he was in New York, he did so, but I was not there for the discussion, so I cannot confirm that. Senator LAMBIE: From your perspective, do you trust the rating assessments of ...

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Senate supports Lambie’s call for Army to produce tens of thousands of hrs of official videos, likely to show naked soldiers being abused and sexually denigrated standard

Independent JLN Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie won the support of the Senate this week when her motion (see RTI notice of motion) calling for a production of documents by the Defence Minister passed unopposed. “I was first alerted to the fact that something was very wrong with the training of our Special Force soldiers and others – by SAS whistle-blower Trooper Evan Donaldson. Evan reported to me that the Australian Army for decades have electronically recorded a Resistance to Interrogation (RTI) course where thousands of soldiers have been brutally assaulted, bound, hooded, stripped naked, abused and sexually denigrated.” said Senator Lambie. “So I asked some questions on notice from the Chief of Army – who confirmed in writing the ...

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People power killed off in the Senate standard

Independent JLN Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie last night voted with the Government to give power back to the people over the same-sex marriage question.  “I was very disappointed that Labor, the Greens, and other Crossbench Senators combined to kill off people power in the Senate. Last night, we had an opportunity to put the question of gay marriage before the people of Australia – and politics got in the way,” said Senator Lambie. “I stand by what I said to the Senate yesterday, namely: After the people have their say – no matter what the result – there will be people – who for very good and legitimate reasons – will have very hurt feelings. If a plebiscite of the ...

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Lambie puts more Senate heat on Dairy Australia over conflict of interest claims standard

Click below to view 30sec YouTube of Senator Lambie questioning Mr. Akers During Estimate Committee hearings this week, Independent JLN Senator for Tasmania, Jacqui Lambie raised conflict-of-interest concerns with the chair of Dairy Australia, Mr. Geoff Akers, who admitted that his wife was on the board of Australia’s largest dairy manufacturer Murray Goulburn. “Normally I wouldn’t enquire about the personal lives of any person in organisations that receive taxpayer funds – however given that hundreds of Tasmanian Dairy Families are facing ruin because of the way the Australian dairy industry has been managed – I stand by my questioning of Mr Akers during Estimates Hearings,” said Senator Lambie. “Conflict-of-Interest can also be another form of corruption, and given the dangerous ...

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Queen’s representative is always neutral and above politics standard

Independent JLN Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie has issued the following official statement and opinion piece after requests from media to make comment on Tasmanian Governor’s recent public criticism of One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson. “I’ve met Governor Warner.  She is a very respected, gracious, generous and intelligent woman with a long history of public service to Tasmania.  Professor Warner is the Queen’s representative in Tasmania. And in doing the job of Governor is expected to follow the example set by the Queen. Except in the gravest of constitutional emergencies – no matter what personal feelings the Queen has had about certain political matters, she has never publically criticised elected political leaders. The UK parliament educational website simply explains the ...

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Lambie grills Government over Foreign Aid policy standard

Independent JLN Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie has grilled the Liberal Government about Australia’s almost $4B p/a or $50B plus (over a decade) Foreign Aid Budget. “There are a number of important facts that many Tasmanians would be shocked to learn – when it comes to the management our Foreign Aid budget. Despite what the Attorney General initially told me during the Estimates questioning – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4UCH9vOtqU Australia sends a lot of Foreign aid to countries with much larger militaries than our own, including Indonesia approx. ($300M p/a) and Pakistan approx. ($40M p/a)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b60d1c0xdEk And given that Tasmania grows and processes some of the best food in the world – I know our farming community and workers will be very disappointed to ...

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Liberals reject Lambie’s call for a pre-emptive War Crimes pardon standard

Independent JLN Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie during Estimates Committee questioning of the Defence Minister today has called for the Government to agree to support legislation which allows a pre-emptive pardon for any Australian soldiers who may be accused of War Crimes or breaches of the Geneva convention while fighting against Islamic extremists. “I’m disappointed that the government will not pardon or absolve any serving or former ADF member who may be accused of war crimes or breaches of the Geneva Convention during their service and fight against the Taliban and other Islamic extremists in the Middle East – but I will not give up on this issue,” said Senator Lambie. “The military today has confirmed that media reports are ...

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Lambie thanks Pauline Hanson and Nick Xenophon for support to help establish Senate investigation into Tasmanian indigenous funds. standard

Independent JLN Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie has received Liberal, One Nation and NXT support in order to refer to a Senate Committee and authorise an official investigation into the possible miss-management of hundreds of millions of dollars of indigenous funds. “ I was disappointed that both Labor and the Greens voted against my motion to establish this inquiry. However their opposition to my motion wasn’t that much of a shock, given that the confusion over the spending of at least $500m in Commonwealth funds earmarked for indigenous Tasmanians, happened mostly during the period that Tasmanian state Labor and Greens were joined in a coalition government – and ultimately responsible for the management of those funds.” said Senator Lambie. “I ...

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Australia’s Backpacker Tax should match New Zealand’s at 10.5% standard

Following the announcement of a long overdue back flip on the backpacker tax by Treasurer Morrison today, JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has called on the Federal Government and Labor Opposition to both support a new Backpacker Tax – which at least matches that of New Zealand’s Backpacker Tax – at 10.5%.* Note NZ yearly taxable income: up to NZ $14K/ Taxable income = 10.5% plus 1.45% Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) Levy http://www.backpackerguide.nz/new-zealand-work-tax-system-work-pay-taxes/ “When it comes to competing for vital backpacker farm labour and tourists – New Zealand is one of our biggest and most aggressive competitors. So it makes sense for our Government to at least reduce our backpacker tax rate to one that’s competitive with NZ  – ...

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Backpacker Tax Statement by Senator Lambie standard

JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has issued a statement on the Backpacker tax matter following an article by Phil Pyke the business development manager for Fruit Growers Tasmania in local media which reveals the Liberal Federal Government has ignored the crisis since May 2015. http://www.themercury.com.au/news/opinion/talking-point-taxing-fiasco-failing-family-farm/news-story/0e98d4a42395cd60e734775bf14cdcb9 “With regard to the Backpacker Tax Crisis – the facts speak clearly. The Liberal government has known about the emerging jobs and investment crisis for 16 months, since May 2015. Already under the leadership of the Liberal and National parties the Backpacker Tax Crisis has caused tens – possibly hundreds of millions of dollars of damage to Tasmania’s farming and tourism industries – because of political arrogance, stupidity and inaction. The facts also show ...

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