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.