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The Australian - Unions royal commission: senators get secret union report

January, 2016

The Turnbull government will take the extraordinary step of giving crossbench senators ­access to secret volumes of the Heydon royal commission report on trade unions in a desperate bid to end the stalemate with the independents over its industrial relations reforms.

The Weekend Australian can reveal the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet is arranging a viewing of the confidential parts of the report after crossbenchers Jacqui Lambie and Glenn Lazarus demanded to see the full report before deciding on key industrial relations bills stalled in the Senate.

In a nod to the extreme sensitivity of the contents of the two volumes, kept secret from the public when the report was ­tabled on December 30, the government does not plan to distribute hard copies.

In his interim report released in December 2014, royal commissioner Dyson Heydon urged a volume be kept confidential owing to threats to 29 witnesses — “in order to protect the physical wellbeing” of those persons and their families.

“This is unfortunate, because the confidential volume reveals grave threats to the power and authority of the Australian state,” he reported.

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Medicare Bulk Billing Rates message to Prime Minister Turnbull – stop messing around and making women’s cancer checks more expensive

Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has supported local Burnie resident Kalhi Deegan’s call for the Liberal Government to stop messing around with Medicare Bulk Billing Rates.

“I will do whatever it takes in the Australian Senate – including voting against all Liberal/National Government Legislation – to stop Malcolm Turnbull and his incompetent Health Minister Sussan Ley from increasing the cost for Australian women to access vital Cancer health checks.” said Senator Lambie.

“I agree with Tasmanian businesswoman Kalhi Deegan 100%. Health Minister Sussan Ley and PM Turnbull must stop messing with our Medicare Bulk Billing rates. Australian women should never be forced to pay $30 for pap smears – when most were able to access this vital women’s cancer health check - for free through our Medicare and Bulk Billing system.” said Senator Lambie.

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King Island Courier

In case you don't have a subscription to the King Island Courier, I uploaded it here following my visit last week:

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The Verdict on Ch9

Last night I appeared on Ch9 The Verdict - you be the judge!


Lambie searches for "Hot Tradie" with Annabell Crabb

A lighthearted interview with Annabell Crabb - Enjoy!


Malcolm Turnbull to attend crossbench meetings, Senators reveal

If you missed the 7.30 Report last night, watch it at the link:


Jacqui Lambie happy with talks on tax reform with Treasurer Scott Morrison

INDEPENDENT Senator Jacqui Lambie has come away from a meeting with new Treasurer Scott Morrison pleased with his approach to his job and with their discussion.

A spokesman for Senator Lambie said talks between the two had encompassed tax reform and negotiations were under way.

“We are waiting to see some legislation but at this stage we can say it was a very cordial and productive meeting,” the spokesman said.

‘He is treating the cross bench with respect, which is better than the previous administration.”


The Verdict, featuring Jacqui Lambie

Here are some clips from my first stint on The Verdict, hosted by Karl Stefanovic:



Jacqui Lambie announces new Tasmanian senate candidate Rob Waterman

The Jacqui Lambie Network (JLN) has announced its first Tasmanian candidate, nominating rural health boss Rob Waterman to stand for the Senate.

Mr Waterman is the chief executive of Rural Health Tasmania, an organisation that provides healthcare to Tasmania's north and north-west.

He is the first Tasmanian candidate announced for the JLN.

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