Ah, the Jacqui Lambie Network. I don’t always agree with Jacqui Lambie, but I do like her. For the twelve people who don’t already know this, Jacqui appeared on the political landscape as a successful Senator for the Palmer United Party in 2013, but quickly broke ranks to become an Independent. Like my other Senate favourite, Ricky Muir, she came into the Senate with no background in politics, and intially did say a number of foolish things. She also has a fairly broad, working class accent, which has, unfortunately, made it easier for people to dismiss her as stupid.Read more
Australian seafarers are warning that the local industry is at risk of going under unless the influx of foreign workers is halted.
Hundreds of overseas contractors are currently working on the Australian coast despite close to 1,000 local maritime workers looking for jobs — about one sixth of the entire workforce.
"Families are devastated," said Thomas Mayor, secretary of the NT branch of the Maritime Union.Read more
Panelist on the Drum 18/04/16 - Click below link to watch!
TASMANIAN Senator Jacqui Lambie has played a pivotal role in setting Australia on course for its first double dissolution election in four decades.
Australia today embarks on an unofficial 74-day election campaign after four crossbench senators last night blocked the Government’s plans to re-establish a national body to tackle union corruption.Read more
TASMANIAN crossbench Senator Jacqui Lambie has played a key role in rejecting the Turnbull government’s move to reinstate a building industry watchdog, which could send Australia to the polls on July 2.
Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie has unveiled three military veterans as NSW candidates for her party's Senate push, bringing the Jacqui Lambie Network's field to eight.
Lambie, elected to the Senate in 2013 as a member of the Palmer United Party, broke away from the party in November 2014 and formed the JLN in May 2015. Lambie is a popular figure in her native Tasmania, and recent reports claim she may capture two or more seats in her home state at a double dissolution election.Read more
By Peter Martin
The most shocking thing in the Treasury analysis delivered to Scott Morrison on January 25 isn't the finding that a cut in income tax funded by a lift in the goods and services tax wouldn't boost the economy at all.
It's what Morrison asked the Treasury to model.
He asked it to model a lift in GST from 10 to 15 per cent and then the handing back of back every possible cent in income tax cuts. Because boosting the GST automatically results in extra spending on benefits such as Newstart, family allowances and pensions as prices climb it isn't possible to give all of it back.
But it is possible to hand back $30 billion of the $35 billion as tax cuts, and that's what Morrison asked the Treasury to model in the first instance, not legislated increases in benefits of the kind delivered by his predecessor Peter Costello when introducing the GST.
The impact is horrific.Read more
Interview with Karl Stefanovic this morning