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Media Statement

27.10.15

 

Lambie calls for RAAF food drops over Syria to ease exodus and undermine Isis.  

Independent Senator for Tasmania, Jacqui Lambie last week hand delivered a letter to Prime Minister Turnbull that calls for the immediate and sustained drop by military aircraft of food and other humanitarian goods in Syria. (see attached)

“I’m very lucky to have a Victorian Senate Candidate the calibre of Hugh Dolan (see attached) who is a retired ADF SQN Leader Intelligence officer. Hugh read history at Oxford University. On graduating he returned to Australia. He commissioned as a RAAF officer at the Officers’ Training School at Point Cook. Hugh became an intelligence officer reaching the rank of Squadron Leader before he was discharged.

Hugh twice served overseas in Iraq with Air Mobility Group in 2003. He also served on humanitarian missions in Solomon Islands and in Banda Aceh following the devastating tsunami. While recuperating from  sickness  Hugh  wrote  two  books  on  the  role  of  intelligence  planning  and  the  air  battles  over Gallipoli in 1915. This was turned into a popular television documentary on the ABC “Gallipoli from Above”.

When Hugh says that food drops by our RAAF will in the short term immediately help ease the exodus out of Syria and in the long run undermine the authority of ISIS brutes - then I think it’s time that our Prime Minister and Chiefs of Defence paid some attention.” said Senator Lambie.

“Hugh’s suggestion for our military to begin “Biscuit Bombing” (military slang for food drops) has great merit and I’m proud to say that it’s now official JLN policy. The new PM has said he’d like a different style of Australian politics established  - less confrontational - so here’s a good test for all sides of politics.

Will both the Liberal and Labor leaders seriously consider the JLN policy  ­ and judge it on its merits, rather than looking to score cheap political points and simply say No because it’s not their idea?” said Senator Lambie.

JLN Senate Candidate Hugh Dolan thanked Senator Lambie for the opportunity to run for her Network at the next federal elections and says:

“Air drop or “BISCUIT BOMBING” is a practiced evolution of RAAF C130 crews in ALG. Delivery of food aid will immediately alleviate suffering and help establish the interest of Western Nations in finding a working solution other than offensive operations. Delivery of food aid via air drop may begin to reduce the numbers of Syrians fleeing. RAAF delivery of food aid will be a boon to RAAF and wider ADF morale.

RAAF delivery of food aid will improve the standing of the Australian Government. Delivery of vital aid will demonstrate Australia’s interest in saving lives. Delivery of aid does not inhibit or preclude a bombing campaign. Both air operations are able to co­exist.

Medical aid can be delivered by air drop to known hospital locations. Delivery of food, and medical aid will save lives. Air­drop or “BISCUIT BOMBING” will undermine and destabilize the authority of Isis brutes - who use access to food and water as another means of enslaving the populations of conquered territories.”

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Attachment - Senator Lambie’s Letters to PM

Senator Jacqui Lambie

Senator for Tasmania

AUSTRALIAN SENATE

Shop 4/22 Mount Street PO

Box 256

Burnie TAS 7320

OFFICE: 03 6431 2233

EMAIL:

senator.lambie@aph.gov.au WEB:

www.senatorlambie.com.au

FAX: 03 6431 3200

TOLL FREE: 1300 885 041

21 October 2015

Prime Minister

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP

Parliament House

Canberra ACT 2600

Dear Prime Minister Turnbull,

Re: Senator Lambie’s plan to advance Tasmania and other Australian States for Prime Minister

Turnbull.

Introduction

For 50 years, many Australians have used Donald Horne's words `Australia is the lucky country” (much to Mr

Horne’s disappointment) to describe how fortunate our nation is.

I understand, as do you - that we have been blessed with many natural gifts and resources ‐ which make a lot of

countries envious.

However, the time has now come for us to use our best resources namely; Australians’ common sense, ability for

hard work, resilience, respect for the weak, love of the underdog and ingenuity - to overcome the big challenges

which we now face.

As a Senate candidate and Senator I have spent many years listening to Tasmanian industry leaders, community

leaders and the disadvantaged.

From these conversations and parliamentary experiences, I have created a growing list of policies and political

initiatives - that I genuinely believe address many of the issues and challenges your government, our industry,

businesses and communities face.

They are based on the principle of Security; 1) Food/Water Security, 2) Energy Security, 3) National Security and

4) Australian Job Security. Each initiative I share with you connects with, protects and enhances one or more of

these 4 security principles.

I invite you to read and consider the JLN policies with an approach and attitude you have become famous for i.e. a

reasonable, compassionate, proud Australian - with an open mind and heart.

My Network’s policies help solve the short-term, social and financial disadvantage faced by many - and ensures the

continuation of Australia's reputation as the lucky country.

Sincerely

Senator Jacqui Lambie.

Senator for Tasmania

Senator Jacqui Lambie

Senator for Tasmania

AUSTRALIAN SENATE

Shop 4/22 Mount Street PO

Box 256

Burnie TAS 7320

OFFICE: 03 6431 2233

EMAIL:

senator.lambie@aph.gov.au WEB:

www.senatorlambie.com.au

FAX: 03 6431 3200

TOLL FREE: 1300 885 041

Tasmanian Specific Policies

1. Public Health Surgery and Dental Waiting List Crisis

• All our public hospitals in Tasmania are operating at 100% capacity and are in crisis. The

Public Health Surgery and Dental Waiting List Crisis must be addressed, solved and

dramatically cut by a joint federal and state special investment program.

• Note: Senator Lambie has ordered a parliamentary brief to quantify, describe and define the

crisis. The brief will be submitted to a proven private health provider - in order for a quote to be

produced - which estimates the cost of a successful intervention.

2. NW Tasmanian Public Hospital Feasibility Study

• A feasibility study should be launched which examines the need for a new public hospital

located on a greenfield site between Devonport and Burnie (most likely Ulverstone) - where all

NW public medical services can be located and centralized, thus ensuring for future

generations - enhanced tertiary level medical care and treatment to the NW Tasmanian

community.

• The care and treatment must be equivalent to the medical care provided to residents of

Launceston and surrounds and prevent NW residents from being transported to Launceston

for basic medical treatment.

• Under the existing state government public health plan - funded, resourced and staffed public

hospital beds and medical services will further reduce.

• The state government’s white paper essentially says that the number of fully funded and

staffed acute care hospital beds in NW Tasmania will decrease. The acute care beds and

accident emergency capacity at the Mersey Hospital is being continually downgraded. The

ICU at Burnie hospital is being downgraded

• Where is the state going to put the 4000 public accident emergency admissions a year they

plan to shut down at Devonport’s Mersey Public hospital?

• A Tasmanian Commission of Health report released last year shows that our public hospital

bed per thousand-population ratio was at 2.35 or in other words we have 1188 public hospital

beds.

• This compares with the National average of 2.6 reported by the AMA (Australian Medical

Association). The Tasmanian government needs to open another 145.8 public hospital beds

just to catch up with the Australian Average.

Senator Jacqui Lambie

Senator for Tasmania

AUSTRALIAN SENATE

Shop 4/22 Mount Street PO

Box 256

Burnie TAS 7320

OFFICE: 03 6431 2233

EMAIL:

senator.lambie@aph.gov.au WEB:

www.senatorlambie.com.au

FAX: 03 6431 3200

TOLL FREE: 1300 885 041

3. Special Economic Zone status and provisions, including zero rates of payroll tax

• Must be delivered and given to Tasmanian and other Australian communities, which are

suffering from endemic long-term unemployment and other serious, social disadvantage.

4. Defence Contracts for Australian Land 400 and Pacific Patrol Boats

• Given Tasmania’s comparatively high social and economic disadvantage, special

consideration must be given by the Federal Government to Tasmanian companies with proven

track records - and who have tendered for these and other defence projects.

5. University of Tasmania Associate Degree numbers to be uncapped and infrastructure

funding boosted.

• Associate or Sub-degrees of approximately 2 years in length, are the higher education product

that’s now in great demand. They are described as the practical learning experience, which

will gain you knowledge, qualifications and a job.

• However, research shows that in the space of 6 years ‐ in demand Associate or Sub-degree

numbers for the state of Tasmanian through UTAS - have been cut from 1095 to 60, a

reduction by both Liberal and Labor parties of 1800%.

• UTAS wants to provide 10,000 associate degrees. UTAS’s plans have been blocked by this

government, which for political reasons has placed an artificial and arbitrary cap on the

number of associate degrees, granted to our University.

• That associate degree cap should be lifted and UTAS must be allowed to significantly increase

the number of associate degrees they deliver, while a plan is put in place to greatly boost

Tasmania University infrastructure investment.

• Note : UTAS’s contribution to Tasmania’s economy is $1.7B, 1 in 4 Tasmanians have a direct

connection, 5,900 people are employed, more than 30,000 students are enrolled, UTAS is

ranked in the top 2% of universities world-wide according to Academic Ranking of World

Universities 2013.

6. Fast Cat Feasibility Study to be funded with a $300K investment by the Federal

government.

• The present restricted access to Tasmania by sea is constraining economic growth. We need

additional sea linkages to ensure the effective and efficient flow of people, vehicles and freight.

Senator Jacqui Lambie

Senator for Tasmania

AUSTRALIAN SENATE

Shop 4/22 Mount Street PO

Box 256

Burnie TAS 7320

OFFICE: 03 6431 2233

EMAIL:

senator.lambie@aph.gov.au WEB:

www.senatorlambie.com.au

FAX: 03 6431 3200

TOLL FREE: 1300 885 041

• A modern, large capacity, high speed vessel like a Fast Cat Ferry which is currently

manufactured in Tasmanian will open up market competition, drive efficiencies and provide

much need additional carrying capacity over Bass Strait.

• A $300k Fast Cat Feasibility Study is a crucial first step in a journey, which will create

thousands of new jobs and a billion dollar boost for Tasmania’s economy.

7. Tasmania’s Historic $200m Public Housing Debt to the Commonwealth cancelled.

• Approximately half or $17M of Tasmania’s $34M annual federal public housing budget is paid

back to the Commonwealth government to service a historic debt of $200M.

• The Commonwealth Government, in similar circumstances, waived or forgave the historic

public housing debt for South Australia. Tasmania needs more affordable housing and waiving

the federal public housing debt would be a good start to fixing our public housing crisis.

8. Natural Gas Price Crisis.

• Will be caused by the looming closure of Tasmania’s only Gas fired power station at Bell Bay.

It must be addressed and solved by establishing a process where workers, unions and

industry leaders are consulted and asked to co-operate and remedy a predicted consumer gas

price rise of up to 40%.

• A possible solution suggested by respected Tasmanian Business Leader Wayne Bould

requires a privately owned Gas pipeline to be purchased by joint Federal and State

investment, starting with a federal grant of $40M.

9. Thermal Bio Energy from Tasmanian Wood Waste to be included in RET

• Thermal energy generated by burning Tasmanian certified Wood Waste should be accepted

as a legitimate project for Clean Energy Finance Corporation funding/investment and inclusion

at the full rate of compensation in the Renewable Energy Scheme (RET) scheme.

• This would enable Tasmanian manufacturing businesses like paper maker Norse Skog to

replace the annual burning of 100,000 tonnes of coal for thermal energy with naturally

occurring bio waste.

• Thermal Bio Energy from Tasmanian Wood Waste to be included in RET is a simple and

practical policy, which will protect the Australian Environment and address climate change.

Senator Jacqui Lambie

Senator for Tasmania

AUSTRALIAN SENATE

Shop 4/22 Mount Street PO

Box 256

Burnie TAS 7320

OFFICE: 03 6431 2233

EMAIL:

senator.lambie@aph.gov.au WEB:

www.senatorlambie.com.au

FAX: 03 6431 3200

TOLL FREE: 1300 885 041

10. Oil Recycling ‐ Long Term Certainty for PSO Levy.

• The Oil recycling industry has been significantly affected by the slump in world crude oil prices

over the past 12 months, so clarity about the Government’s intentions for the Product

Stewardship for Oil (PSO) Program is becoming a major factor in the industry’s decisions on

capital investments.

• While the Government has increased the PSO levy which funds Oil Recyclers businesses to

8.5cent per litre (2014-15 Budget), the government through its Environment Minister Hunt, has

failed to officially respond to a 2013 review (AITHER) into the PSO. This has caused

unnecessary uncertainty in the oil recycling industry and undermines the ability to invest in

new technology.

• The Government through negotiation with the Australian Oil Recyclers Association (AORA)

must commit to a levy price over the long term, which guarantees the viability and

sustainability of the Oil Recycling industry.

• Long Term Certainty for the Oil Product Stewardship levy is another simple and practical

policy, which will protect the Australian Environment, make efficient use of finite resources and

address climate change.

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Senator for Tasmania

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Shop 4/22 Mount Street PO

Box 256

Burnie TAS 7320

OFFICE: 03 6431 2233

EMAIL:

senator.lambie@aph.gov.au WEB:

www.senatorlambie.com.au

FAX: 03 6431 3200

TOLL FREE: 1300 885 041

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22 October 2015

Prime Minister

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP

Parliament House

Canberra ACT 2600

Dear Prime Minister Turnbull,

Re: Senator Lambie’s plan to advance Tasmania and other Australian States for Prime Minister

Turnbull

JLN National Policies

1. CFMEU’s deregistration and the production by the Turnbull Government of Secret Royal

Commission documents ‐

Many government members argue that the CFMEU is a rouge union that continues to ignore the law

despite the imposition of penalties. JLN agrees.

If the government was serious about tackling crime and corruption in the building and construction industry

and lowering costs, they would have moved very quickly to deregister the CFMEU

Just as the Liberal - and then Labor Party combined in the 1980’s to finally deregister a similar Union ‐ the

Builders Labourers’ Federation or BLF, JLN calls on this government to deregister the CFMEU.

Commissioner Heydon of the Union Royal commission has released a secret report to this government and

state governments where he warns of “a grave threat to the power and authority of the Australian state”.

Commissioner Heydon has refused to release the secret report to the Australian senate, despite the Senate

requiring the report to make an informed decision on ABCC legislation.

JLN calls on this government to release under special conditions, (that protects witnesses) the Heydon

Secret report for examination.

2. Integrity of all Australian Political Party Donations Investigated

Recent disclosures in the Union Royal Commission and the media strongly indicate that money received by

Australian political parties could be from corrupt activities, the proceeds of crime or ill-gotten gains.

Senator Lambie would like the terms of reference for the Union Royal Commission broadened to include

investigation into the political donations of all Australian political parties.

Note ‐ FIRB indicated that there was no national body tasked with the job of establishing whether investment

from Chinese state and other companies was from ill-gotten gains.

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Senator for Tasmania

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Shop 4/22 Mount Street PO

Box 256

Burnie TAS 7320

OFFICE: 03 6431 2233

EMAIL:

senator.lambie@aph.gov.au WEB:

www.senatorlambie.com.au

FAX: 03 6431 3200

TOLL FREE: 1300 885 041

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3. Involuntary Detox and Rehabilitation powers given by legislation to Australian parents.

Citizens whose children are medically diagnosed as addicted to Ice or other illicit / illegal drugs should have

the rights under law to provide nonconsensual detox and rehabilitation for their offspring.

4. ADF pay increase of a further 1% is granted immediately

In order to honor the Liberal government's promise to protect Defence families’ income from inflation and

other social pressures - this government grants a one off 1% pay rise to the ADF and agrees to pass Senator

Lambie’s private members' bill in the lower house which links future pay rises to that of politicians or the CPI

‐ whichever is the greater.

5. Defence Veterans’ Health Gold Card

Veterans’ Gold Card must be automatically awarded to former members of the Australian Defence Forces,

including Peacekeepers /Federal Police officers who have served overseas in war-like and war zones.

This will save our Veterans from the considerable harm they experience fighting the government to obtain

the best medical treatment Australia can offer.

6. Voluntary National Service Scheme (NSTAS- National Service Trade and Apprentice Scheme) ‐

NSTAS must be created in order to boost ADF full time personnel numbers, while providing a guaranteed

employment and training pathway in our ADF - for the new generations of young Australians who wish to

volunteer and serve their country.

Note: if future generations of young Australians fail to earn, learn or serve without proper medical

exemptions, they will also fail to qualify for any government welfare payments.

7. Diggers' Act

Australian Diggers Act to be introduced, which guarantees that former members of the Australian military

with qualifying service ‐ are entitled to free university education or trade training on completion of service to

the ADF.

Note ‐ JLN Diggers' Act will be similar in purpose to America’s G.I. Bill. It will offer a reward for dedicated

service and protection for Diggers well-being, while it assists their transition to civilian life.

8. National Prime Agricultural Land Protection Policy

The total amount of prime agricultural land which covers Australia is 3.4% of our nation's land mass.

With such a small area of Australia containing our best farming land and underground water supplies, the

government must legislate to prevent this irreplaceable asset from being destroyed by development and

mining projects.

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Senator Jacqui Lambie

Senator for Tasmania

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Shop 4/22 Mount Street PO

Box 256

Burnie TAS 7320

OFFICE: 03 6431 2233

EMAIL:

senator.lambie@aph.gov.au WEB:

www.senatorlambie.com.au

FAX: 03 6431 3200

TOLL FREE: 1300 885 041

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Developments like the Chinese state owned coal-mine on the NSW Liverpool plains (Shenhua) must never

be allowed to proceed.

9. China Free Trade deal Scrapped and Re-negotiated

A new ChAFTA deal should be re-negotiated which takes into account:

a. Chinese Communist Ruling elites’ contempt and disregard for other citizens’ civil rights, rule of law, fiscal

accountability and transparency, international conventions / treaties, respect of intellectual property

ownership and responsible use of military force.

b. Australian National sovereignty, workers’ job security, downward pressure on workers' wages and

conditions.

10. Nuclear Power National Public Education Program and Debate

A national education program and debate should be funded for 3 to 4 years and followed by a referendum,

which asks the people of Australia whether a Nuclear power industry should be established or not?

11. Coastal Shipping Policy and the Future of Australian Shipping

National Maritime policy and legislation to be developed by consultation and conciliation with all the major

stakeholders in Australia’s maritime industry.

Note, that the government’s existing Coastal Shipping legislation is deeply flawed and is a deliberate plan to

kill Australian maritime workers' jobs and endangers the future of all Australian shipping,

In response to this bad legislation a process involving the majority of maritime stakeholders - has been

created by Senator Lambie, Unions and Business groups to draft alternative and better Coastal Shipping

Legislation and policy to protect and boost all Australian Shipping.

12. Royal Commission into Veterans’ Welfare and Defence Abuse

Royal Commission must be established which examines:

The official cover-up of defence abuse and reasons behind the extraordinary rates of Veterans’ and ADF

members’ suicides and self-harm.

13. Financial Transactions Tax

FTT should be introduced which targets companies who gain an unfair and insiders' advantage over ordinary

mum and dad investors on the Australian financial markets - using supercomputers, advanced software and

high speed share trading.

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Shop 4/22 Mount Street PO

Box 256

Burnie TAS 7320

OFFICE: 03 6431 2233

EMAIL:

senator.lambie@aph.gov.au WEB:

www.senatorlambie.com.au

FAX: 03 6431 3200

TOLL FREE: 1300 885 041

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14. Youth Leadership and Military Style / Boot Camp Programs

At risk youth early intervention programs similar to the Hard Yakka program in Hervey Bay (see attached

folder) - to be established nationally, in order to educate and train at-risk-youth deemed too difficult to be

coached by conventional social youth programs.

15. National Organized Crime Laws ‐

National Laws similar to the United States’ RICO legislation - developed in co-operation with all state and

territory governments - to attack and address crimes by those associated with all forms of Organized

Criminal gangs.

16. Extremist Ideology (Nazism & Sharia Law) and Hate Preachers banned in Australia.

Sharia Law advocates and Islamic hate-preachers should be charged with sedition and/or treason in order to

protect National security and public interests.

All who advocate for, or support Nazism charged with offences and crimes similar to those existing in

Germany and other countries - in order to protect our National security and public interests.

17. Government National Procurement policy

All Government purchases of goods and services should always positively discriminate in favor of and buy

Australian made goods and services, where possible.

The Government establishes a procurement investigation - which critically examines the conditions of all

government contracts, with a view to increasing the involvement of more Australian owned and staffed

companies.

18. Gas Reserve Policy

A domestic gas reserve policy between 20% to 30% must be established in order to combat rising domestic

prices - driven by shortages created by LNG export projects.

It is an insult to Australians who collectively own our nations’ enormous natural resources ‐ that among such

abundance, we are forced to pay higher and higher prices for our gas and electricity.

Note: If the Australian government fails to ensure that our energy prices are not lower than our international

competitors ‐ then irresistible pressure will be placed on Australian workers' wages and conditions.

19. Dedicated indigenous seats ‐ to address endemic disadvantage

In order to address indigenous disadvantage JLN urges the Government to ensure that every piece of

legislation, which passes through the Lower House and Senate, is spoken to and scrutinized from an

indigenous perspective.

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Senator for Tasmania

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AUSTRALIAN SENATE

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Shop 4/22 Mount Street PO

Box 256

Burnie TAS 7320

OFFICE: 03 6431 2233

EMAIL:

senator.lambie@aph.gov.au WEB:

www.senatorlambie.com.au

FAX: 03 6431 3200

TOLL FREE: 1300 885 041

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A solution to address indigenous people’s disadvantage and proper scrutiny of legislation (and the ability to

introduce private members bills) would be the establishment of dedicated indigenous seats into our federal

parliament.

Because we have 3 to 4% of indigenous people in Australia, then our federal parliament should be

guaranteed 3 to 4% of elected indigenous representatives.

Overseas experience and studies* indicate that there are clear links between indigenous

wellbeing/disadvantage and the amount of indigenous representation in national parliaments.

New Zealand has had dedicated seats in their Parliament for Maori people since 1867** - and the gap

between Maori disadvantage/mortality (8.5 years) is not as large as Australia’s first people (23.2 years) ‐

and is closing, not widening.

20. Enhanced Pensioner loan scheme

The Pension Loans Scheme (PLS) was introduced in 1985, at the same time as an assets test for pensions.

The idea for the scheme came from the Panel of Review of Proposed Income and Assets Tests headed by

Professor Fred Gruen.

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The review recognised that some people had assets that were ‘illiquid’. As well as assets where it was

difficult to find buyers, there were also assets that were difficult to sell for social or psychological reasons.

The review argued that “some provisions should exist which would ensure that people in such circumstances

are not unintentionally left destitute.” It proposed a pension loans scheme as a solution.

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JLN supports a change to the current PLS which will allow a greater number of pensioners access to the

scheme and authorise them to supplement their pensions by a larger PLS payment.

21. Negative Gearing

JLN notes that in a balanced and complete debate on Tax reform the option to reform provisions relating to

Negative Gearing must be considered.

JLN also notes that parliamentary research reports that In 2012-13, 1,260,470 individuals reported a ‘net

rent ‐ loss’ on their tax return, that is, they have negatively geared property. And the majority or 72% of the

1.2M Australian people with interests in a rental property or approximately 900,000 tax-payers have at least

one property negatively geared.

JLN considers that most fair minded Australians would consider 1 or 2 negatively geared properties - is a

reasonable number of investment properties and is prepared to closely listen to a community debate and

feedback, about whether Australia should allow people with 3 or more investment properties to negatively

gear.

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Senator Jacqui Lambie

Senator for Tasmania

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Shop 4/22 Mount Street PO

Box 256

Burnie TAS 7320

OFFICE: 03 6431 2233

EMAIL:

senator.lambie@aph.gov.au WEB:

www.senatorlambie.com.au

FAX: 03 6431 3200

TOLL FREE: 1300 885 041

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22. Australian Troops to return from Iraq

With only 3000 American Troops on the ground in Iraq - we have no hope of winning any war against ISIS.

America and the rest of the world would have to put at least 100,000 plus troops on the ground, to stop the

advances of the Islamic State.

If, as Australian Strategic Policy Institute executive director Peter Jennings suggests, Australian troops' role

is upgraded from “advise and assist” to “advise, assist and accompany” it is a recipe for disaster.

Therefore JLN supports the return to Australia of ADF personnel currently deployed to Iraq. This will save

Australians approximately - $4b plus over the forward estimates.

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23. Fair pensions indexation for Veterans’ and TPI holders.

In May of 2014 the Treasurer announced to all totally and permanently injured veterans' great

disappointment, the proposal to revert a now well-established indexation mechanism applied to Veterans’

Disability Compensation Payments back to a measure of CPI only, starting from September 2017.

This proposal is in stark contrast to the welcomed bi-partisan announcement and support initiated by Howard

Government legislation in September 2007 of “fair” indexation as measured to the better of CPI / PBLCI /

MTAWE.

JLN urges the scrapping of the current system of indexation and the reinstatement of the Howard

Government legislation which ensures “fair” indexation as measured to the better of CPI / PBLCI / MTAWE.

24. TAFE Boost & Institutional Pathways

JLN urges the federal government to encourage state governments by all means and methods including

grants - to revitalize TAFE by the introduction of guaranteed Trade Training and Apprenticeship positions ‐

regardless of whether students have obtained employment.

Students would begin trade and apprenticeship training funded and supported by commonwealth grants.

These institutional pathways would operate regardless of market demand for trade trainees or apprentices.

This ``train and the employers will come’’ policy ‐ will help address skills shortages and provide hope for

Children from disadvantaged communities who will receive special consideration.

25. Foreign Aid

JLN notes that despite well published cuts ‐ the modern Foreign Aid budget still means that Australia will

borrow approx. $16B and give it away in poorly targeted foreign payments.

JLN supports a halving of the Foreign Aid Budget in order to help boost federal government investment in

Higher Education from .6% to 1% of GDP.

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Senator Jacqui Lambie

Senator for Tasmania

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OFFICE: 03 6431 2233

EMAIL:

senator.lambie@aph.gov.au WEB:

www.senatorlambie.com.au

FAX: 03 6431 3200

TOLL FREE: 1300 885 041

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26. Carbon Tax and ETS

JLN opposes the introduction of a carbon tax or ETS ‐ until after our major trading partners introduce a

similar tax for their energy use.

27. Cost of Power & Energy

JLN supports a monitoring and regulation system - which ensures that our power and fuel prices for

Australian consumers and businesses are not more expensive than our overseas competitors.

JLN notes: If the Australian government fails to ensure that our energy prices are not lower than our

international competitors ‐ then irresistible pressure will be placed on Australian workers' wages and

conditions.

28. GST Amendments

JLN opposes any move to change or increase the GST rate of 10%. And notes that a FTT (Financial

Transactions Tax) will have been introduced into many countries of Europe by 2016.

Why talk about changes to our GST, which will target Australia’s poor - when a tax can be targeted at

Australia’s 6 super rich high speed share-trading companies.

29. Food Drops in Syria ‐ begin “Biscuit Bombing”

The Australian Government is conducting a RAAF bombing campaign in Iraq to interdict and disrupt ISIS.

However, Bombing missions are not going to defeat ISIS or its proxies. Examination of the role of air

interdiction in Bosnia and Kosovo demonstrate that its role is limited.

JLN supports the immediate and sustained drop by military aircraft of food and other humanitarian goods in

Syria.

The UNHCR has registered over 4,000,000 refugees who have fled the conflict in Syria. The actual number

of internally displaced persons in Syria is likely to be of equal magnitude. Further, there are likely to be many

thousands of Syrian refugees who are not registered with the UNHCR. Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq

currently are shouldering the burden for vast numbers of refugees.

The RAAF is already operating in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO). Deployed RAAF personnel

have regional and operational experience. Air Lift Group (ALG) has served in the Iraq conflict with distinction.

RAAF C130s have delivered material - air drop ‐ successfully in this region.

Australian Government considers the aerial delivery of aid drop “BISCUIT BOMBING” to civilians in Syria

regardless of where civilians (non-combatants) are located. A non-partisan approach will cover the delivery

of food aid to government and ISIS controlled localities.

Air drop or “BISCUIT BOMBING” is a practiced evolution of RAAF C130 crews in ALG. Delivery of food aid

will immediately alleviate suffering and help establish the interest of Western Nations in finding a working

solution other than offensive operations.

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Senator for Tasmania

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AUSTRALIAN SENATE

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Shop 4/22 Mount Street PO

Box 256

Burnie TAS 7320

OFFICE: 03 6431 2233

EMAIL:

senator.lambie@aph.gov.au WEB:

www.senatorlambie.com.au

FAX: 03 6431 3200

TOLL FREE: 1300 885 041

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Delivery of food aid via air drop may begin to reduce the numbers of Syrians fleeing. RAAF delivery of food

aid will be a boon to RAAF and wider ADF morale.

RAAF delivery of food aid will improve the standing of the Australian Government. Delivery of vital aid will

demonstrate Australia’s interest in saving lives. Delivery of aid does not inhibit or preclude a bombing

campaign. Both air operations are able to co-exist.

Medical aid can be delivered by air drop to known hospital locations.

Delivery of food, and medical aid will save lives.

Air-drop or “BISCUIT BOMBING” will undermine and destabilize the authority of Isis brutes ‐ who use

access to food and water as another means of enslaving the populations of conquered territories.

Note: Policy was devised with the assistance of Hugh Dolan, a retired Australian Defence Force Intelligence

officer and Senate candidate for JLN Victoria.

30. Plebiscite at next election ‐ Same-sex marriage and Indigenous recognition

JLN wants the people of Australia to be able to directly express their opinion through a popular vote on

Indigenous recognition and same-sex marriage.

JLN therefore calls on the government to make all preparations necessary to hold a plebiscite/referendum at

the next election to decide these two extremely important questions.

Yours faithfully

Senator Jacqui Lambie

Senator for Tasmania