Queen’s representative is always neutral and above politics

Independent JLN Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie has issued the following official statement and opinion piece after requests from media to make comment on Tasmanian Governor’s recent public criticism of One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson.

“I’ve met Governor Warner.  She is a very respected, gracious, generous and intelligent woman with a long history of public service to Tasmania.  Professor Warner is the Queen’s representative in Tasmania. And in doing the job of Governor is expected to follow the example set by the Queen.

Except in the gravest of constitutional emergencies - no matter what personal feelings the Queen has had about certain political matters, she has never publically criticised elected political leaders.

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Lambie grills Government over Foreign Aid policy

Independent JLN Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie has grilled the Liberal Government about Australia’s almost $4B p/a or $50B plus (over a decade) Foreign Aid Budget.

“There are a number of important facts that many Tasmanians would be shocked to learn - when it comes to the management our Foreign Aid budget. Despite what the Attorney General initially told me during the Estimates questioning – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4UCH9vOtqU

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Liberals reject Lambie’s call for a pre-emptive War Crimes pardon

Independent JLN Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie during Estimates Committee questioning of the Defence Minister today has called for the Government to agree to support legislation which allows a pre-emptive pardon for any Australian soldiers who may be accused of War Crimes or breaches of the Geneva convention while fighting against Islamic extremists.

“I’m disappointed that the government will not pardon or absolve any serving or former ADF member who may be accused of war crimes or breaches of the Geneva Convention during their service and fight against the Taliban and other Islamic extremists in the Middle East – but I will not give up on this issue,” said Senator Lambie.

“The military today has confirmed that media reports are accurate - and a secretive and sweeping inquiry into Australia's elite troops, independent to the Army chain of command and including possible breaches of the Geneva Convention, is being conducted by New South Wales Justice Paul Brereton and the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force (IGADF).” said Senator Lambie.

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Lambie thanks Pauline Hanson and Nick Xenophon for support to help establish Senate investigation into Tasmanian indigenous funds.

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.

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Australia’s Backpacker Tax should match New Zealand’s at 10.5%

Following the announcement of a long overdue back flip on the backpacker tax by Treasurer Morrison today, JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has called on the Federal Government and Labor Opposition to both support a new Backpacker Tax - which at least matches that of New Zealand’s Backpacker Tax - at 10.5%.*

“When it comes to competing for vital backpacker farm labour and tourists - New Zealand is one of our biggest and most aggressive competitors. So it makes sense for our Government to at least reduce our backpacker tax rate to one that’s competitive with NZ  - at 10.5%.” said Senator Lambie.

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Backpacker Tax Statement by Senator Lambie

JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has issued a statement on the Backpacker tax matter following an article by Phil Pyke the business development manager for Fruit Growers Tasmania in local media which reveals the Liberal Federal Government has ignored the crisis since May 2015.

http://www.themercury.com.au/news/opinion/talking-point-taxing-fiasco-failing-family-farm/news-story/0e98d4a42395cd60e734775bf14cdcb9

“With regard to the Backpacker Tax Crisis - the facts speak clearly. The Liberal government has known about the emerging jobs and investment crisis for 16 months, since May 2015.

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Tasmanian triple act War Veteran urges Diggers to make a Senate Submission regarding experiences with Department of Vet. Affairs

Click below to view a YouTube, which shows Senator Lambie talking to Tasmanian War Veteran Marcus Saltmarsh who is calling on fellow Veterans to take the opportunity of a special Senate Inquiry into DVA and make an official written submission – or ask to personally appear and make an oral statement to the Senate committee.

JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie during the last sitting of Parliament spoke with Tasmanian war Veteran Marcus Saltmarsh (and Frank Davies - assistance dog) about the need for Veterans and their families to make official submissions to the Senate Committee which is investigating the causes of Veterans’ suicides and their treatment by the Government’s Department of Veterans Affairs.

Senator Lambie and Mr Saltmarsh urge all Veterans and their family members who want to make an official submission to visit the following federal government website:

http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Foreign_Affairs_Defence_and_Trade/VeteranSuicide

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Lambie wins Senate support for a motion which establishes an independent Dairy Crisis investigation

Click below to view an 2 min 39 sec highlight of Senator Lambie’s successful Dairy Crisis motion

JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has successfully moved a motion in the Australian Senate, which calls on the Turnbull government to establish an independent Senate inquiry into the Australian dairy crisis.

"The opportunity is now here finally, for Australian Dairy farmers to receive protection under parliamentary privilege and tell the truth to a Senate Committee about this unprecedented dairy crisis. I look forward very much to hearing what the senior executives of the milk multinationals have to say, while they are under oath – being questioned and giving evidence to a senate committee." said Senator Lambie.

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Lambie wins Senate support for a motion which calls on Government to listen to calls to scrap Backpacker tax

JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has successfully moved a motion in the Australian Senate which calls on the Turnbull government to listen to wide spread calls from Tasmania to scrap the Backpacker tax.

"The ball is now in Deputy PM and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce’s court.  He’s got the power, but does he have the ticker to stand up against the Liberals for our farmers? He can’t be allowed to ignore the will of the Senate with out suffering serious damage to his political reputation." said Senator Lambie.

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Lambie vows to protect Aged Pensioners, Unemployed, Veterans, and Uni Students from Liberal cuts in Omnibus Bill

JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has told a special Senate Committee that she will oppose the Liberal Government’s proposed $6.5B Omnibus Bill.

“On a per capita basis Tasmania has the most aged pensioner living on or below the poverty line, the most unemployed, the most youth unemployed – struggling small businesses … down there at the moment – I tell you what – they’re struggling.

I think when you have 50% of the state that’s on some sort of welfare – then you’re in trouble when you are going into this Omnibus Bill – and what they’re about to take.  It maybe just a little bit of money to the people up here – but to those people down there (Tasmania) it’s their bread and milk for the week.” said Senator Lambie.

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