Categories ArchivesSeptember 2016

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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Tasmanian triple act War Veteran urges Diggers to make a Senate Submission regarding experiences with Department of Vet. Affairs standard

Click below to view a YouTube, which shows Senator Lambie talking to Tasmanian War Veteran Marcus Saltmarsh who is calling on fellow Veterans to take the opportunity of a special Senate Inquiry into DVA and make an official written submission – or ask to personally appear and make an oral statement to the Senate committee.   JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie during the last sitting of Parliament spoke with Tasmanian war Veteran Marcus Saltmarsh (and Frank Davies – assistance dog) about the need for Veterans and their families to make official submissions to the Senate Committee which is investigating the causes of Veterans’ suicides and their treatment by the Government’s Department of Veterans Affairs. Senator Lambie and Mr Saltmarsh ...

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Lambie wins Senate support for a motion which establishes an independent Dairy Crisis investigation standard

Click below to view an 2 min 39 sec highlight of Senator Lambie’s successful Dairy Crisis motion     JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has successfully moved a motion in the Australian Senate, which calls on the Turnbull government to establish an independent Senate inquiry into the Australian dairy crisis. “The opportunity is now here finally, for Australian Dairy farmers to receive protection under parliamentary privilege and tell the truth to a Senate Committee about this unprecedented dairy crisis. I look forward very much to hearing what the senior executives of the milk multinationals have to say, while they are under oath – being questioned and giving evidence to a senate committee.” said Senator Lambie. “Today the video record ...

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Lambie wins Senate support for a motion which calls on Government to listen to calls to scrap Backpacker tax standard

Click below to view an 1min 40sec highlight of Senator Lambie’s successful Backpacker Tax motion   JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has successfully moved a motion in the Australian Senate which calls on the Turnbull government to listen to wide spread calls from Tasmania to scrap the Backpacker tax. “The ball is now in Deputy PM and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce’s court.  He’s got the power, but does he have the ticker to stand up against the Liberals for our farmers? He can’t be allowed to ignore the will of the Senate with out suffering serious damage to his political reputation.” said Senator Lambie. “I was very pleased to see a delegation from peak primary industry body AUSVEG in ...

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Lambie vows to protect Aged Pensioners, Unemployed, Veterans, and Uni Students from Liberal cuts in Omnibus Bill standard

Click below to view a 3 min statement Senator Lambie delivered to a special Senate Committee against the Government’s proposed $6.5B Omnibus Bill JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has told a special Senate Committee that she will oppose the Liberal Government’s proposed $6.5B Omnibus Bill. “On a per capita basis Tasmania has the most aged pensioner living on or below the poverty line, the most unemployed, the most youth unemployed – struggling small businesses … down there at the moment – I tell you what – they’re struggling. I think when you have 50% of the state that’s on some sort of welfare – then you’re in trouble when you are going into this Omnibus Bill – and what ...

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Lambie visits ETU’s CUB picket line and calls for holes in Fair Work Act to be fixed standard

Click below to view an 3.3 min highlight of Senator Lambie’s visit to the ETU’s picket line at CUB Melbourne    JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has visited the workers manning a picket line in front of the Carlton United Brewery in Melbourne and challenged the Federal government to fix the holes in Australia’s Fair Work Act. “There is something very wrong with Australia’s Fair Work Act – when 3 casuals can sign an agreement – which takes away wages and conditions from 55 hard working – full time employees at CUB. Australia’s Fair Work act has become an Un – Fair Work act – and must be fixed. I will strongly support scrutiny of this injustice by a ...

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Senate given permission to investigate Veterans’ Suicides and DVA performance after Lambie motion succeeds standard

Click below to view 2min 41 sec Youtube which shows Senator Lambie’s message to Veterans and DVA employees.   JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has won historic support in the Senate for a motion (attached 1) to establish an independent inquiry and investigation into the performance of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) – especially in relation to the crisis in Australian Veterans’ health and rising suicide rates. The Inquiry will report back to the Senate by 30 March 2017. “My message to veterans and their families and even members of DVA who want to blow the whistle is: We now have a historic Senate Committee established which will thoroughly investigate the performance of the Department of Veterans Affairs.  This ...

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Dep. PM Barnaby commits to Dairy Levy in meeting with Dairy Farmers – will Labor also commit? standard

Click below to view 2 min interview with Dairy Farmers. (note transcript of interview attached)   JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has welcomed Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce’s commitment to support a dairy levy after his meeting in Parliament with Victorian Dairy farmers. “ I’m surprised that Deputy Prime Minister Joyce agreed to meet with Dairy farmers who support the rebel side of the argument (Farmer Power) during this milk crisis – and I’m also surprised that he told the farmers in their Canberra meeting that he’ll support a dairy levy if Labor also supported a dairy levy. “However I’m pleased that it appears, the Turnbull Government has now significantly lessened their opposition to a 50c/l dairy levy and are ...

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Speech: Address-in-Reply 01-09-16 standard

I rise to contribute to the debate on the address-in-reply to the Governor-General’s speech marking the opening of the 45th Parliament. I once again acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet and pay my respects to the elders both past and present. In my first official speech to this Senate during the 44th Parliament I made this statement, which I proudly repeat again today: I acknowledge and pay my respects to Australia’s Aboriginal traditional owners. I share their blood, culture and history through my mother’s, Sue Lambie’s, family. We trace our history over six generations to celebrated Aboriginal chieftain of the Tasmania east coast, Mannalargenna. Following that statement a member of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre complained ...

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