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 want to personally thank both Pauline Hanson and Nick Xenophon for supporting my push to uncover miss-use or possible corruption involving hundreds of millions in Commonwealth funds which was supposed to be spent on up to 25,000 indigenous Tasmanians. The result of the vote was 35 to 30 in favour of my motion – and its clear that their Senators’ support tipped the battle in favour of the inquiry.” Senator Lambie.
“Indigenous affairs Minister, Nigel Scullion also deserves a big pat on the back. He’s shown courage helping me push for this investigation. He understands that the confusion surrounding the amount of Commonwealth funds that have been allocated to the Tasmanian state government over the last ten years - must be cleared up. The potential for miss-use or corruption is high, when the commonwealth provides funds for nearly 25,000 indigenous Tasmanians – and the state only recognises up to only 6,000 indigenous people.” said Senator Lambie.