Lambie will vote to disallow Abbott’s new $20 Medicare charge and urges QLDers to send a protest vote to the LNP

Independent Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie has confirmed that she will vote to disallow the latest sneaky Medicare charges Prime Minister Abbott and members of his LNP are trying to impose on sick Australian people. Senator Lambie has also called on the people of QLD to send a protest vote to Mr Abbott and the LNP at the upcoming state election.


Abbott’s Iraq trip designed to boost his political ratings rather than Diggers’ morale – bring the troops home

Independent Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie has called on Australia’s Prime Minister Abbott to support her call to withdraw all Australian troops, pilots and aircraft from Iraq / Middle East - and to direct the money saved on the overseas deployment to delivering a fair pay increase for all members of the ADF.

“While Mr Abbott is happy to spend more than $360M a year on another overseas military deployment to the Middle East most Australians, including many Tasmanians, are not happy with this situation. Especially when most of our defence experts now tell us - because of the United States’ current minimal contribution in military hardware and ground forces - we have no chance of winning a war against the Islamic extremists / savages in Iraq and Syria.” said Senator Lambie.

Abbotts Iraq trip designed to boost his political ratings rather than Diggers morale bring the troops home- Senator Lambie


Lambie asks PM to release $100M of federal funds for Tas irrigation schemes

Senator Jacqui Lambie has written to Prime Minister Tony Abbott and asked that he authorise, as soon as possible, the release of the promised $110M of federal funds, so that work can continue on Tranche 2 of Tasmanian Irrigation scheme.

“I’ve reminded the PM that these irrigation schemes are in regions of Australia which are experiencing some of the highest rates of unemployment and social disadvantage – and therefore I would hope that he would understand the importance of ensuring that the promise of federal funding was kept. And that $110M of federal infrastructure funding was authorised and approved as soon as possible.” said Senator Lambie.

Lambie asks PM to release $110M of federal funds for Tas irrigation schemes - 12-12-14


Lambie's New Private Member's Legislation which links Diggers' Pay to Politicians' is Ready for Comment

"This piece of legislation, if passed by the Australian Parliament, will forever solve the Australian Defence Force Pay crisis created by Mr Abbott. Members of our Defence Force don't have a union. They don't have a strong voice in the room when their pay and conditions are negotiated. Our Diggers can't go on strike if their government forces them to take a pay cut, loss of holidays and entitlements. And yet our Diggers are expected, as part of their normal work conditions, to be killed or terribly wounded." said Senator Lambie Lambies New Private Members Legislation which links Diggers Pay to Politicians Is Ready for Public Comment - 14-11-14


Senator Lambie donates to ANZAC Warriors Walk

Palmer United Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie will meet with Canberra resident and Life - line employee Greg O’Shea at the front doors of the Senate at 8am today.

Greg O’Shea has requested help from Senator Lambie to aid him with his fund raising for Canberra’s ANZAC Warriors Walk - which will be held in the vicinity of Lake Burley Griffin this weekend.

The aim of this walk is to raise money and awareness for current and former veterans of the Defence Force who are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of their service.

Senator Lambie will be donating to the ANZAC Warrior Walk and invites all politicians to follow her example of a $100 donation.

 


Australian Troop Deployment must come with Gold Card Guarantee: Lambie

Media Statement

15.9.14

Australian Troop Deployment must come with Gold Card Guarantee: Lambie  Palmer United Senator for Tasmanian has called for Australia’s PM to give a guarantee that each member of Australia’s Military force deployed overseas to take action against Militants in Iraq, automatically qualify for the Health Gold Card after they discharge from the ADF.

“I agree with a young Afghanistan veteran who said that -­‐ the granting of a Department of Veteran Affair’s Health Gold Card should be a tick and flick exercise – a right of service for every ADF member, Peace Keeper or Peace Maker who serves in war or warlike zones.” said Senator Lambie.

“No ADF member who’s served in combat zones should ever be forced to fight for a Gold Card upon discharge. And yet the Gold Card fight is one of the biggest problems our Veterans confront after facing the enemy. The automatic issue of Gold Cards to our Veterans would save money for the government and also stop the significant additional psychological harm, which occurs after they are forced to fight the government for the best medical treatment Australia can offer.

Our Veterans have earned the right to Australia’s best medical treatment the moment they volunteered and put them-­‐selves in harms way for our sake. Why has both Liberal and Labor Australian governments forced some of our Veterans to wait up to 10 years and longer, before they receive a Gold Health Card?

The common comment I hear from young Veterans is that they would rather fight the extremists and terrorists overseas, than fight the bureaucrats and politicians back home. It’s now up to Mr Abbott to stop the cover up and reveal the true cost of war, before he sends more troops overseas.” said Senator Lambie.

“How much has Australia’s medico/legal, military Gold Card assessment industry really cost the tax payers over the years? And wouldn’t that public money have been better spent on providing medical treatment directly to our injured veterans – rather than on legal argument?

The doctors and lawyers who make billions of dollars a year as part of the Veterans Gold Card assessment and appointment process – would no longer be needed if the Health Gold Cards were just automatically given to our young Veterans after they discharged from or defense force.

With a Veteran suicide rate of up to 30 per year (300 over the last decade – who knows the true number, its officially covered up and kept secret!!?) – its time that Mr Abbott disclosed to the Australian public the true cost of war. It’s an issue that I spoke to recently in Parliament* (see attached). And if the politicians who send our diggers overseas say we can’t afford to look after our returned Vets, then don’t send them into harms way in the first place.” said Senator Lambie.

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 *Attachment – Senate Speech Lambie – The true cost of war.

 

THE SENATE PROOF

BILLS

Defence Legislation Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2014

Second Reading SPEECH

Thursday, 4 September 2014

 

BY AUTHORITY OF THE SENATE

Thursday, 4 September 2014                             THE SENATE

Date Thursday, 4 September 2014                 Source Senate

Speaker Lambie, Sen Jacqui

Senator LAMBIE (Tasmania—Deputy Leader and Deputy Whip of the Palmer United Party in the Senate) (11:35): I rise to briefly speak to the Defence Legislation Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2014. I believe that the current system and process Australia has in place to make a decision to go to war is a flawed process and could be improved. I also believe that the people involved in making a decision on whether to go to war—the current executive—are not capable of making sound decisions. However, after consulting with people who have risked all and served their country in Iraq and Afghanistan, I believe the Greens proposition contained in this bill goes too far and places unnecessary constraints on the executive. I believe that the constraints on the executive proposed by the Greens, as written in this bill, go too far.

The executive needs to be empowered to continue to be able to make quick decisions and make quick deployments in order to properly protect national security. However, there has to be a point at which a military deployment or commitment is discussed and debated in the houses of parliament—perhaps in a joint sitting—in order to ensure that we always maintain mission relevance. And there should not be just one debate. After consulting with veterans, I believe that parliamentary debate should always occur at a point in time when the nature of the military operation significantly changes, for example, when it goes from a humanitarian action into a stabilisation phase or a war- fighting phase.

David Day, one of Australia's famous authors, has written a book called The Politics of War: Australia at W ar 1939-45 from Churchill to Mac arthur. It will benefit this debate if senators reflect on the words of David Day, which put this debate into historical perspective and context.

He wrote:

The outbreak of war therefore raised the question of how far Australia should go in supporting Britain against Germany where the military threat to Australia was limited, while a possibly imminent and very direct threat loomed large in the Pacific.

 

There was no question in the mind of the Australian prime minister, Robert Menzies, that when Britain was at war so too was Australia. As soon as he had heard Chamberlain's declaration of war on the radio, Menzies made his own sombre announcement of Australia's involvement. There was no triumphant flag-flying or the grandiose protestations of imperial loyalty that Australian leaders had used at the beginning of the First World War. The ravages of that war had removed any illusions Australians might have entertained about the nature of modern warfare. With the trenches of the First World War in mind, Menzies declared that it was his 'melancholy duty' to announce Australia's involvement as a simple consequence of Britain's involvement in events over which Australia had no control. After relating at some length for his radio audience the history of the dispute between Germany and its neighbours, Menzies beseeched 'God in his mercy and compassion' to deliver the world 'from this agony'.

Unlike Canada or South Africa, where the declaration of war was left to the respective parliaments to deliberate upon, Menzies was sufficiently confident to embroil Australia in the war as soon as he learnt of the British declaration. The British viceroy of India similarly plunged his charge into the distant struggle without reference to his subjects. According to Menzies, 'where Great Britain stands there stand the people of the entire British world'. When he was criticised for abandoning any semblance of Australian independence, he pointed to the popular sentiment for war, that the British people needed quick assurances of support and that the King's declaration of war automatically created a state of war between Australia and Germany. This last justification was the one that most determined Menzies' action. His legalistic background, combined with his sense of empire, could not conceive of the possibility of the King being at war in Britain but not in Australia. As it happened, the King remained monarch of neutral Ireland throughout the war and was not at war in South Africa and Canada until the parliaments of those dominions had met and decided to throw in their lot with Britain's.

The point I have taken from Mr Day's writing, which I believe to be true, is this: the current political system we have in order to determine whether we send our troops to war is not perfect and is flawed. History shows it can be improved. However the Greens' proposition on such an important issue is rushed and needs time for proper consideration. While the PUP and I will be voting against this bill, we will be open for discussion with all parties in the future in order to find a better system and procedures for determining how and when we go to war.

In closing, I would like to remind the chamber about the need for Australian governments to discuss and disclose to the Australian people the true cost of war. As one veteran quoted to me, 'The cost of war is much more than the cost of blankets and bullets.'

I renew my calls for a royal commission into the toxic leadership of our military, the cover-up of abuse and sexual assaults, and the dysfunction within the Department of Veterans' Affairs. We have sent our troops to war and failed to care for them after they have returned. The government cannot be allowed to get away with the cover-up of the veterans' suicide rate. I will not support the Greens' bill but will happily talk about amendments that provide a third path.


Clean up the Sharia rubbish...

Letter to the Editor

16.9.14

Clean up the Sharia rubbish from of our own back yard, before we clean it up in others’.

When I hear that Mr Abbott has sent us to war again in the Middle East against extremists and terrorists – I can’t help but think of the wise advise my grandmother gave. “Clean up the rubbish in your own back yard, before you try to up the rubbish in others.”

Every one knows that the extremists and terrorists end game is to impose a brutal Sharia culture on the rest of the world, including Australia. They want a world that is ruled by men who have the power to force the provisions of Sharia law onto us.

That will mean church and state are no longer separated. Under Sharia law, religious freedom would be destroyed. It will also mean that the death penalty will be imposed on people who criticize or reject the state’s official religion - and women who are found guilty of adultery.

Torture and body mutilation (limb removal) will be state sanctioned for those found guilty of stealing. Girls will be denied the same education as males. Women will be beaten if they don’t dress according to the instructions of foreign religious leaders. Sport and music will become illegal.

Now, I agree that fighting to stop this brutal Sharia culture is worthwhile. But we don’t have to travel to the Middle East to find supporters of Sharia Law and the extremists. They live amongst us.

Australian Sharia supporters protest in our streets, take our public monies and vote for politicians who make our laws – as they offer allegiance, support and comfort to our enemies. The same enemies Mr Abbott has decided to wage war against the Middle East.

It’s now time to follow my grandmother’s advice. “Clean up the rubbish in our own back yard - before we try to clean up the rubbish in others.”

Senator Jacqui Lambie

 


PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie no lap-dog

SO FAR, PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie has been her own worst enemy in politics.

She told the Prime Minister he needed to take a “bucket of cement and harden up”. She talked about a possible “Chinese invasion”. And she joked that she is looking for a man with “loads of cash and a package between their legs”.

Not surprisingly, Lambie has been lambasted by the city-centric media (including me, I should admit). But something else was happening out in the suburbs and towns. People were listening to Lambie, and they liked what they heard.

They wanted her to stop talking about whipper-snippering her bikini line and abusing the Prime Minister, but they also saw her as a very welcome breath of fresh air.

To many, this incredibly rough woman was interesting and authentic, compared to most politicians who are fake and boring.

They found her a great antidote to politicians who are so scripted and afraid of getting it wrong that half the time even when they are talking, they say nothing at all.

Then, in a game-changer, Lambie appeared on Australian Story on the ABC on Monday night. It’s a show that does much to humanise its subjects and present the private person behind the public face.

Australian Story’s portrayal of Lambie was as complex as the woman herself. It dealt with her injuries while training as a soldier, her subsequent depression and her drug and alcohol abuse. She spoke candidly about her seven-year-old son acting as her de facto carer during this period, and her shocking decision to try to take her own life when she was a single mother-of-two.

By the time the half-hour show ended, Lambie seemed more like a punching bag than a punchline. It was hard not to like her, and admire her for all she has been through. However, having a hard life doesn’t necessarily make you a good politician.

What the show also revealed is that Lambie appears to have more political nous than previously thought. For instance, we also saw her willingness to speak up about PUP leader Clive Palmer’s failings — such as the fact that he needs to be more honest in his dealings with her and stop eating Tim Tams.

Clearly, Lambie is now either more comfortable in the spotlight, or she’s getting better advice from those around her. When she said things like: “I don’t back down to Clive Palmer and I shouldn’t have to,” you could hear cheers ringing out around the country. Even better, she also said: “Clive Palmer might be my leader but Clive Palmer’s not my boss. The Tasmanian people are my boss and that’s it, full stop.”

Supporters flooded her Facebook page with congratulatory comments after the show aired.

The fact that some people want Lambie to be “the next Don Chipp” (founder of the left-leaning, progressive Democrats) show they care less about her politics than her passion.

Part of Lambie’s character is explained, no doubt, by her background.

It’s hard to imagine too many of the other current MPs — most of whom have uni degrees and went through private schools — have such colourful, complex and difficult early lives.

Not only is she the daughter of a truck-driver father and factory shift-worker mother, but she didn’t finish high school. She also claims Aboriginal ancestry, has a son who turned to drugs at 13, and she grew up in public housing.

While these things could be seen as a disadvantage in political life, to many voters they are a benefit. They are a sign that Lambie’s life is closer to their own than anyone who got a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford.

However, none of this matters if Lambie doesn’t back it up with solid action standing up for constituents in a state struggling with the highest unemployment rate in Australia.

Yes, we want politicians to have more diverse backgrounds, and to talk and act like the rest of us, but they must be able to do the job.

I’m willing to bet Lambie, who clearly doesn’t suffer fools lightly, will leave the PUP party during her six-year Senate term. At this stage, she is looking like she may outgrow her leader, who is colourful, but who continues to “clown around”.

Palmer would do well to listen to Lambie, not just about Tim Tams, but about politics as well.

 

Susie O’Brien SA Weekend September 12, 2014


Tasmania’s Great RET Rip Off

7.9.14

Tasmania’s Great RET Rip Off

“The Australian RET Scheme is good for Tasmania - right? Wrong!

After this week’s briefing from Tas - Hydro during the latest Senate sitting, and the research carried out by the Parliamentary library*, it’s clear that the mainland RET scheme rips off more than $1.1B from Tasmania each year.

On behalf of the Tasmanian people, Tas - Hydro only receives in Australian RET credit income, about $60M p/a - or 5%, of the possible RET credits created by the electricity generated from Tasmanian renewable water power. So why are we missing out on the other 95%, or more than $1.1B of possible Australian RET credits?

This is an important question that the federal Liberal Party, who first designed the RET system, must answer. Everyone knows that water power (Hydro) is one of the best forms of renewable energy available to human kind.Unlike wind power - Hydro can supply cheap, reliable, base load electricity for 21st century factories, businesses and families.

There's no risk of brown outs, voltage fluctuations or loss of electric supply, if a community is powered 100% by Hydro - which Tasmania is!So it disappoints and upsets me that our Liberal, Labor and Green politicians for over a decade, have accepted a mainland RET scheme which only pays Tasmania $60m a year for RET Credits – when we should receive more than $1.1B.

Not only have they accepted this injustice, they now lie and tell people, Tasmania has a great deal under the current mainland RET system. Nothing could be further from the truth. The big 4 Tasmanian employers (Nystar Minerals, Bell Bay Aluminium, Grange Resources, Norske Skog Paper Manufactures) who use 57% of our clean renewable Hydro energy, are slugged over $20M in RET penalties. Why – they produce goods using renewable energy not brown coal electricity?

This cost is added on top of the ordinary federal and state taxes the Big 4 Tasmanian’s already pay - and along with the Bass Strait Freight cost crisis - has endangered their commercial viability. Put quite simply, the few hundred jobs generated by the mainland RET scheme are in danger of wiping out the almost 10,000 direct and indirect jobs created by the Big 4 Tasmanian manufactures.

$900M worth of local business and up to ten thousand jobs could be wiped out unless

  1. Tasmania is guaranteed 100% RET Credits for our Hydro electricity or
  2. Tasmanian Businesses are stopped from being unfairly penalised for using 100% renewable energy!
And I haven’t even begun to talk about today’s news that our National economy has entered the danger zone and commodity prices are at record low prices. I challenge all Tasmanian politicians to stop the RET lies and put their state first.

Time to get real and stop the great Tasmanian RET rip off.” said Senator Lambie.


Lambie counter’s Labor lies re: Injured Veterans’ Children Payments, School Kid’s Bonuses, Low Income Super Contribution and Income Support Bonuses

Letter to the Editor

7.9.14

Lambie counter’s Labor lies re: Injured Veterans’ Children Payments, School Kid’s Bonuses, Low Income Super Contribution and Income Support Bonuses

 

The Labor party feels a little bit irrelevant.

 

So for pure political gain and to cause mischief, the Labor Party has raised unnecessary alarm and spread some nasty lies about the loss of Injured Veterans’ Children Payments, School Kid’s Bonuses, Low Income Super Contribution and Income Support Bonuses. It’s now time the facts were heard about these family payments.

 

Last week Palmer United Senators struck a compromise and voted for legislation, that not only abolished the hated mining tax, boosted our economy and created jobs - but we also stopped Tony Abbott from taking the axe to those important family payments for the life of this parliament.

 

PUP Senators ensured that the loss of these important family payments won’t be - as planned by the Liberals - in Joe Hockey’s next 2 budgets. This important federal government assistance totaling $6.5B will continue to be received by the orphans of Veterans / badly wounded soldiers and ordinary Tasmanian / Australian families who are struggling.

 

In fact the decision on whether these payments will be axed, thanks to PUP, is now in the hands of the Australian people. PUP will take to the next election a policy, which will guarantee those payments continue to those needy souls.

 

The Australian people can decide to elect politicians to parliament who will protect these government entitlements or not. It’s time Mr. Shorten, indeed all federal politicians, stopped their silly political games and misinformation.

 

Each federal politician from the Liberal, National, Labor and Greens parties must say now, whether they will adopt the Palmer United Policy and continue these payments - (Injured Veterans’ Children Payments, School Kid’s Bonuses, Low Income Super Contribution and Income Support Bonuses) after the next federal election.

 

Senator Jacqui Lambie