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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 – 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) 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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Medicare: Government refuses to heed lessons of the election standard

I rise to speak to the matter of public importance and the government’s refusal to heed the lessons from the election and stand up for Medicare. On 9 July one of the world’s oldest and most respected current affairs and news magazines published an article which talked about the Turnbull government’s performance and the mandate it had won at the last double dissolution election. Senators—especially government senators—may like to reflect on what the Economist had to say: When Malcolm Turnbull sought a second term for his conservative Liberal-National coalition government by calling an early general election, he promised Australians a break from nearly a decade of dysfunctional politics and short-lived national leaders. The prime minister—Australia’s sixth in a decade—asked voters ...

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Questions to the Attorney-General Brandis – Illicit Drugs standard

Senator LAMBIE: My question without notice is to the Attorney-General. I refer the Attorney-General to two important facts regarding my proposal for involuntary medical detox treatment for children who are addicted to ice. Firstly, suitably qualified medical professionals, under our existing health laws, are able to authorise involuntary treatment for patients who suffer from damaged mental health and are subject to dangerous, uncontrollable and unpredictable behaviour. Secondly, people addicted to and using ice must also suffer damage to their mental health and are also subject to dangerous, uncontrollable and unpredictable behaviour. Given these obvious truths, can the Attorney-General explain why his government refuses to support my call for the same suitably qualified medical professionals, acting under new health laws, from ...

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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 “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. “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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