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SPEECH: Plebiscite (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill 2016 standard

I rise to support the Plebiscite (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill 2016. I would have preferred if the question about gay marriage were put at the last election. The nation would have been saved a lot of time and money. However, I still believe that a national plebiscite is justified and needed in order to test the will or conscience of the Australian people on gay marriage. I also believe that this plebiscite will take away any doubt about how the Australian people feel towards gay marriage and will, therefore, lead to a quicker healing and acceptance of the outcome for those on the losing side of the debate. When it comes to gay marriage, even though I indicated before both previous ...

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MPI: Turnbull government standard

I rise to contribute to today’s matter of public importance, namely the continuing chaos and dysfunction from the Turnbull government. I do not want this statement to be true. I want this government to run smoothly without chaos and dysfunction because that would mean there would be a greater chance of this parliament successfully delivering for the people of Tasmania. But, unfortunately, the chaos and dysfunction seen in the Abbott-Hockey government has infected the Turnbull-Morrison government. That is probably because the original cause of the dysfunction, Mr. Abbott, still remains in parliament and has taken his political inspiration from Liberal leader Bob Menzies instead of Harold Holt. Perhaps we have not seen the dysfunction to the level where the Liberal ...

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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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Healthy Welfare Card; Fast Cat; Pensioners; Backpacker Tax; ADF Welfare Board standard

I recently returned from Ceduna, South Australia, where the Healthy Welfare Card is undergoing trials and turning up some interesting results. The feedback I have received from the community indicates that alcohol consumption is down and gambling is down, and the community seemed happy with the results when I visited recently. However, if the roll-out for the Healthy Welfare Card is not managed well, the potential for harmful unintended consequences is great, which is why I have made my support conditional. This is something Tasmania could really benefit from, but I will support the roll-out of the Healthy Welfare Card if the following five conditions are agreed to by the federal government. First, I want to introduce laws that give ...

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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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