JACQUI LAMBIE STRIKES AGAIN.
She’s the fierce, crass, determined gift that just keeps on giving. By now, every time her name pops up or her face appears on your telly, you’re probably thinking: What has she done now?
Deep breaths. Here we go. This is why Jacqui Lambie‘s in the news again.
1. Quickly remind me who this person is and how she became a politician?
Jacqui Lambie is a Palmer United Party senator from Tasmania. PUP is the party megalomaniac Clive Palmer woke up one morning and decided to start because he got bored making a replica of the Titanic. When disillusioned Australians voted for this minor party in the last election, they ended up giving Palmer and Lambie a balance of power in the senate – so they’re disproportionately influential because they can threaten and/or tempt other senators with their important vote.
Oh yeah, and you probably first became aware of Lambie’s existence when she told a Tasmanian radio station that she wanted a well-hung man with plenty of cash.
2. OK, yeah so she’s the one who wears yellow a lot. Why is everyone talking about her today?
Jacqui Lambie is a fierce defender of the men and women who fight for this country. She used to be in the army, she’s fought with the Department of Veterans Affairs a lot, both as a citizen and a politician. Apart from bumble bees, mushroom farmers and abhorrent racism, veterans’ affairs are Jacqui Lambie’s Big Passion.
The Abbott government is talking about giving members of the Australian Defence Force a 1.5% annual pay rise and taking away some of their holiday leave.Senator Lambie wants their previously promised 3% raise and for them to get Christmas Day off. Until she secures that increase, she’s basically refusing to vote on any legislation (blocking the whole process and threatening a stalemate in the senate for Abbott).
But, here’s the sinister bit. Senator Lambie has called on veterans and citizens to turn their backs on any politicians giving a speech on Remembrance Day next week.
This is what she said, in a statement: “I have one message to all Australians that will help our ADF receive a fair pay rise – with the spirit of the ANZACs, turn your backs.”
3. Isn’t that extremely insensitive to the memory of men and women who died to protect this country?
Yes. Absolutely it is. On the 11th November each year we stop to remember the courage and sacrifice of those who fought to protect our freedom. This year is particularly significant because it’s been 100 years since the start of WWI. To stage any kind of protest on a day like that is an insult to the memory of people who’ve died.