The Mercury - Lambie vote helps set up trigger for early election

TASMANIAN  Senator Jacqui Lambie has played a pivotal role in setting Australia on course for its first double dissolution election in four decades.

Australia today embarks on an unofficial 74-day election campaign after four crossbench senators last night blocked the Government’s plans to re-establish a national body to tackle union corruption.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is set to confirm he will take the country to a double dissolution election on July 2 after the Senate blocked Bills to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

The Bills were defeated 36-34 in the Senate last night, with crossbench senators Lambie, right, Glenn Lazarus, Ricky Muir and John Madi­gan siding with Labor and the Greens.

The Government needed six of the eight crossbenchers to pass the Bills.

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