Jacqui Lambie Wanted To Be Wearing A Ball Gown And Holding A Gun In Her Archibald Prize Portrait

As the most revered portraiture competition in the country, the Archibald Prize always offers an intriguing insight into Australian culture. Since its inception in 1921, our most talented artists have submitted works that more often than not depict a person of great importance from the arts, sciences or the political arena.

 In this year’s exhibition, there will be two separate works of Jacqui Lambie. The first is a beautiful piece by Sydney artist Tania McMurty: an almost pop-styled portrait, it features the Senator in full khaki to denote her time in the military and is presented on a wood panel to represent her Tasmanian heritage. The second is just as apt: an almost ominous monochrome image of her draped in the Australian flag.

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ADF Mental Health submissions called for Senate Committee: Lambie

Independent Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie has called on all serving and former Australian Defence personnel - who wish to be heard on issues relating to the Government’s management of mental health - to make a submission to the Senate Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade committee.

“Submissions officially close near the middle of August and I would like as many Veterans, serving and former members of the ADF to make a submission and have their voice heard. I will be a member of the committee and I’ll make sure that witnesses who come before the committee get a fair go.

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The government hasn’t been very active at making public this opportunity and to date only 18 submissions have been lodged. Whether you are a veteran, deployed personnel or even non-deployed personnel, mental health and well-being is a serious issue within the ADF that hasn’t been addressed appropriately.

The committee’s inquiry is broad and covers ``any related matters’’, so there is no need to worry about whether your concerns fit with the inquiry or not. Because the Committee is aware of the physical and psychological disabilities the men and women who have worn the Australian uniform have had to suffer - in silence - the committee will be flexible with the submission date.

The Committee is happy to take on submissions for the next six weeks. Contributing a submission to the committee is not only an opportunity to have your voice heard, it’s an opportunity for the Defence community to make real change.

If you want a Royal Commission on this issue, we need all personnel, their families and interested parties make a submission so we can affect reform in this area.” said Senator Lambie.

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Cuts show Tony Abbott has 'no idea' about innovation: Simplot

Cutting research and development tax concessions will hurt business and have a flow-on impact with the nation's universities unable to collaborate on as many projects, says one of Australia's biggest food manufacturers.

Simplot, whose food brands include, Edgell, John West, Birds Eye, Lean Cuisine and Leggos, says the government's planned 1.5 per cent to the tax break – which goes before the Senate on Wednesday – will hurt innovation.

"Bugger them," said Simplot's executive director quality and innovation, Callum Elder, when asked about the Abbott government's $810 million reduction in tax breaks for research and development.

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National Press Club Address: Jacqui Lambie, David Leyonhjelm and Nick Xenophon

In their first address to the National Press Club of Australia, Senators Jacqui Lambie, David Leyonhjelm and Nick Xenophon make waves.

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Terrorist grubs: MPs blast IS fighters

Independent senator Jacqui Lambie and other MPs have criticised Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar, who are believed to have died in Iraq.

Suspected dead foreign fighters Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar have been labelled "dirty, disgusting terrorist grubs" by outspoken independent senator Jacqui Lambie.

The Sydney men are believed to have been killed in Iraq during drone strikes on Mosul.

"They're grubs and I don't really care about them," she told reporters in Canberra.

Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm said there was just one message from the deaths: "Don't go and if you do go, be done and get killed and don't come back again".


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Unpacking the Archibald Prize

The loading dock of the Art Gallery of NSW is a hive of activity as artists and couriers deliver the 2015 entries for the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes.

A painting of Senator Jacqui Lambie even makes the cut.


Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie issues ASIC action call on credit card charges

Tasmanian Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie wants the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to be given powers to investigate credit card interest rates.

Senator Lambie said Senate Estimates hearings had been told by the corporate watchdog that its “jurisdiction doesn’t extend to the level of interest rates”.

She said that banks were charging interest rates of 17 per cent on credit cards compared with the Reserve Bank of Australia’s cash rate of 2 per cent.

`It’s a 700 per cent mark up and makes pay-day lenders look like charities … are they allowed to charge interest rates at that level?’’ Senator Lambie said.

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Lambie: sedition laws need the death penalty

The court needs to have the option of the death penalty for circumstances where an Australian terrorist survives an attack and has killed Australians.



Defence bosses decline to discuss 'hypothetical' threat of Chinese conflict with United States


Top Defence figures are refusing to be drawn on the "hypothetical" threat of conflict between the United States and China in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.

At a weekend Asian security conference in Singapore, Defence Minister Kevin Andrews backed the US condemnation of large-scale Chinese land-reclamation in the critical international waterway.

Foreign policy analysts are now warning of the growing possibility of conflict in the region.

Former soldier turned independent Senator Jacqui Lambie used a Senate Estimates hearing to probe top defence figures about the likelihood of conflict to Australia's north.


Predators need to be flushed out: Lambie

The head of the defence force is considering allegations of abuse against 151 of his subordinates.

But Senator Jacqui Lambie - a former non-commissioned officer - says Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin is not moving fast enough to flush out the predators.