JACQUI LAMBIE NETWORK
Background 2013 – 2017.
In the 2013 federal election, Lambie won a Tasmania Senate seat as a candidate for the Palmer United Party, receiving 6.5 % of first preference votes. However, she achieved the quota for election with second preferences.
Lambie resigned the Palmer United Party in November 2015 and became an independent Senator until she formed the Jacqui Lambie Network party in May 2015.
Ms Lambie improved on her first preference result as a PUP candidate at her second election in 2016 under her new party banner. The quota for a Tasmanian senate seat was 26,090 votes. Lambie received 28,146 first preference votes (8.3 percent) to easily retain her Senate seat. Lambie was the fourth of twelve to qualify for election.
Sources: Australian Parliament House. Senators and members. https://www .aph.gov.au/Help/Federated_Search_Results?q=jacqui%20lamby.Australian Electoral Commission. First Preferences by Senate Group 2016.https://results.aec.gov.au/20499/Website/SenateStateFirstPrefsByGroup-20499-TAS.htm
In November 2017, Lambie disclosed a problem.
She advised that she held dual citizenship inherited from her Scottish-born father and was forced to resign her Senate seat. Lambie was replaced by Devonport Mayor Steve Martin, second on the JLN ticket in 2016. He would later refuse to step down to create a casual Senate vacancy so Lambie could be re-appointed. Martin was expelled for disloyalty and joined The Nationals.
Source: Matt Maloney. "Jacqui Lambie expels senator Steve Martin from party for denying her return to Parliament". Sydney Morning Herald. Feb 8 2018. 2019
In January 2019, Jacqui Lambie announced in an interview published in the Sunday Tasmanian that she would be standing for re-election to a Tasmanian Senate seat under her Jackie Lambie Network party flag.
Still seething at Steve Martin for “stealing” her seat from her in 2017, Jacqui announced “you could have stepped aside—I’m coming back for my seat. No bloke in Jacqui Lambie’s seat, right?”.
Source: Holly Burnes. Jacqui set for Jungle Warfare. Sunday Tasmanian, 13 Jan 2019, p.6.
Political World view
Two repeated themes in Lambie’s first role as a Tasmanian Senator often resulted in political observers placing her political world view somewhere between the rampant micro party populism of Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party and Pauline Hanson One Nation at one end of the right-wing scale and the unapologetic extreme right views of the likes of the Australian Liberty Alliance party and Cori Bernadi’s Australian Conservatives party.
Those two themes are a plain-speaking disdain for all things Chinese and all things Islam-Muslim.
This baseline approach to these groups of people is interpreted by others as either discriminatory hate speech (Australian Greens), or simply “holding people up to account” against a tide of political correctness, victimhood and identity politics which has silenced the voice of “ordinary Australians” (Australian Liberty Alliance).
If a voter is anti-Islam and/or anti-China or anti Greens they will have multiple micro party options to choose from, including Pauline Hanson One Nation, Australian Liberty Alliance and the Jacquie Lambie Network.
The advantage for Lambie is that she is anti-Greens in a State where many believe that ‘tree huggers’ have severely damaged the forestry and wood chipping industry along with the small business and employment prospects of many voters, Tasmania.
For example, between 2013 - 2017 Lambie
1 Disclosed a belief that China had intentions to invade and Australia;
2 Opposed a free trade agreement between China and Australia because of China being anti-democratic and “a bully, a thief, liar and human rights abuser”;
3 Introduced a private member bill to “ban the burqa” in Australia;
4 Described supporters of sharia law as "maniacs and depraved humans" committing "cold-blooded butchery and rapes until every woman in Australia wears a burka";
5 Argued that Australia should follow Donald Trump’s lead and ban entry of people from Muslim countries into Australia and deport all Muslims who support Sharia law, and
6 Likened the Greens to Islamic State saying "both those groups would like us to go back and live in the dark ages ... They'd like us to go live back in caves with candles and eat tofu."
1. "Lambie warns of Chinese invasion threat". SBS. 19 August 2014. https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/08/19/lambie-warns-chinese-invasion-threat-0
2 Jacqui Lambie (2015-10-09). "China Free Trade, opinion". The Advocate.
3 Latika Bourke. "Jacqui Lambie's attempt to ban the burqa could be unconstitutional, say legal experts". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media 29 September 2014.
4 Greg Jennett "Jacqui Lambie says sharia supporters are 'maniacs' who will rape and murder 'until every woman in Australia wears a burka'". ABC News 23 September 2014. 5 Matt Maloney "Jacqui Lambie calls on Australia to follow Trump's lead on immigration". The Advocate. 30 November 2017.
6. "Jacqui Lambie likens Greens to Islamic State, saying both 'would like us to go back to the dark ages'". ABC News. 2015-07-03.
On the other hand, Lambie voted in favour of policy that the Coalition government, Pauline Hanson, the Australian Liberty Alliance and the Liberal Democratic Party would never support.
For example, increasing university funding, the Newstart Allowance Rate, Legal Aid, trade unions powers in the workplace and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
Source: The Open Australia Foundation. Transforming democracy in Australia. Representatives and Senators: The people who vote on your behalf in Parliamenthttps://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/senate/tasmania/jacqui_lambie
Jacqui Lambie from the Jacqui Lambie Network will vote as she sees fit, ignoring most often any attachment to either established major party lines, minor parties, populist parties or ultra conservative micro party alliances. [See below for a complete list of her Senate voting decisions collated by the Open Australia Foundation].
Ms Lambie’s media profile and the perception of many in her home State is that she was one of the genuine independent thinkers in the Parliament between 2013 – 2017 and totally unpredictable at the same time. In one moment she is lauding the decision of Julie Banks to defect from the Liberal Party over gender bullying and harassment claims and in another she is telling a radio station that her ideal man is “well hung”.
Source: Michael Safi. "Australian MP Jacqui Lambie sizes up male suitor on morning radio". The Guardian. 22 July 2014.
Jackie Lambie won the 4th of 12 Tasmanian senate seats in 2016 with no need to concern herself with second preferences flows. She achieved the quota on first preference votes alone to be elected well over quota.
Her Bob Hawke like loveable larrikin persona alone will comfortably account for the man who “stole” her seat and would not give it back, the now National party incumbent. However, she may need to rely on preference flows to make quota this time around.
SENATE VOTING RECORD – JACQUI LAMBIE
A national redress scheme for institutional abuse survivors
A Royal Commission into banking
A Royal Commission into Violence and Abuse against People with Disability
A same-sex marriage plebiscite
An emissions reduction fund
Buffer zones around abortion clinics
Building Australia’s new submarine fleet in South Australia
Continuing Detention Orders (CDOs)
Increasing funding for legal aid
Increasing funding for university education
Increasing restrictions on gambling
Increasing the Newstart Allowance rate
Maintaining or increasing CSIRO funding
Preventative Detention Orders (PDOs)
Removing children from immigration detention
Restricting foreign ownership
Strengthening gun control laws
Targeting foreign interference in Australia
The Coalition's new schools funding policy ("Gonski 2.0")
The Coalition's Youth Jobs PaTH
A review of our representatives' eligibility
Creating a federal Anti-Corruption Commission
Increasing trade unions' powers in the workplace
Implementing refugee and protection conventions
Increasing access to medicinal cannabis products
Increasing investment in renewable energy
Increasing marine conservation
Increasing protection of Aboriginal heritage sites
Increasing scrutiny of asylum seeker management
Increasing the initial tax rate for working holiday makers to 15%
Letting environmental groups challenge the legality of certain government decisions
Putting welfare payments onto restricted debit cards
Stopping tax avoidance or aggressive tax minimisation
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)
Voluntary student union fees
Adani's proposed Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin
Getting rid of Sunday and public holiday penalty rates
Increasing investment in the coal industry
Live animal exports
Maintaining or increasing defence spending
Making sanitary items GST-free
Outsourcing government services
Regional processing of asylum seekers
A carbon price
A fast transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy
Decreasing availability of welfare payments
Ending immigration detention on Manus Island
Ending immigration detention on Nauru
Giving approval for mining in the Liverpool Plains
Increasing Aboriginal land rights
Refugee family reunification
Treating government action on climate change as a matter of urgency
Unconventional gas mining
Turning back asylum boats when possible
A Free Trade Agreement with China
A minerals resource rent tax
Allocating 0.7% of Gross National Income to foreign aid
An Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC)
Changing the date of Australia Day
Changing the wording of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act
Decreasing ABC and SBS funding
Increasing indexation of HECS-HELP debts
Increasing the initial tax rate for working holiday makers to 19% Increasing the passenger movement charge ('PMC')
Privatising government assets
Requiring every native title claimant to sign land use agreements
Technology neutral emission reduction targets
Temporary protection visas
Source: The Open Australia Foundation. Transforming democracy in Australia Representatives and Senators: The people who vote on your behalf in Parliament https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/senate/tasmania/jacqui_lambie