Chopped Lam­bie eyes off Brad­don

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT - HE­LEN KEMP­TON

OUT­GO­ING Tas­ma­nian in­de­pen­dent sen­a­tor Jacqui Lam­bie will not throw a po­lit­i­cal cat among the pi­geons in the up­com­ing state elec­tion.

But ex­pect to see her on the cam­paign trail for the seat of Brad­don in the next fed­eral poll.

When Sen­a­tor Lam­bie’s cit­i­zen­ship dilemma first came to light, an­a­lysts were pre­dict­ing she could shake up the po­lit­i­cal land­scape in Tas­ma­nia.

But an emo­tional Sen­a­tor Lam­bie, who has re­signed from the Se­nate af­ter hav­ing it con­firmed she is a dual Bri­tish cit­i­zen, says she is not in­ter­ested in state pol­i­tics and would be wasted in Par­lia­ment in Ho­bart.

A “gut­ted” Sen­a­tor Lam­bie said she was not done with Canberra and would be “out there with her boots on” as a can­di­date in two years.

“There’s so much more I wanted to do here. I hope I get a chance to keep do­ing it,” she told the Se­nate yes­ter­day.

“But the truth is, that’s not up to me.

“I don’t know what hap­pens next. There’s a state elec­tion I’m fo­cused on and I’ll be help­ing my team do what they need to do to take the fight to some of the par­ties that have taken Tas­ma­ni­ans for granted.”

The Univer­sity of Tas­ma­nia’s Richard Herr said it made sense for Sen­a­tor Lam­bie to seek a fed­eral seat.

“She is hop­ing to get some Jacqui Lam­bie Net­work mem- bers into Tas­ma­nia’s House of Assem­bly and to lead from a higher po­si­tion,” Dr Herr said.

“It makes sense for her to seek a na­tional plat­form. To be seen as a ‘real party’, the JLN needs a fed­eral seat. That way she can ful­fil her per­sonal and po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tions and be a po­lit­i­cal force be­yond her­self.”

Sen­a­tor Lam­bie said she phoned her fa­ther, Tom, who ar­rived in Aus­tralia from Scot­land as a child — to tell him.

“I love my fa­ther to death and hope to not blame him for this,” she told the Se­nate.

“He has done noth­ing for which to apol­o­gise and he has been my strong­est sup­porter, my loud­est cheer squad and my clos­est ad­viser.”

Sen­a­tor Lam­bie en­tered Par­lia­ment af­ter the 2013 elec­tion rep­re­sent­ing Clive Palmer’s now-de­funct party be­fore quit­ting to sit as an in­de­pen­dent the fol­low­ing year.

“I’ve worked hard to be a voice for those who don’t of­ten get much of a voice in this cham­ber,” she told the Se­nate.

“Vet­er­ans fight hard for this coun­try. They shouldn’t have to fight their Govern­ment when they get back.

“Politi­cians on both sides of the House talk about help­ing those on wel­fare with­out hav- ing ever ac­tu­ally ex­pe­ri­enced what it’s like ...

“I’m proud of what I’ve achieved here. I’m proud my vote se­cured more fund­ing for Tas­ma­nian schools. I’m proud to have se­cured a fea­si­bil­ity study into ex­pand­ing Hy­dro in Tas­ma­nia. I’m proud to have won a fair pay deal for our ADF. I’m proud to have been the sin­gle vote that tor­pe­doed a sav­age pack­age of wel­fare cuts.”

The Burnie-based politi­cian will now fo­cus on get­ting JLN can­di­dates elected in the state elec­tion in March. She said the “full roll” of can­di­dates would be an­nounced soon.

“Right now I need to get back to Burnie and be around fam­ily and friends and co­work­ers. We are likely all go­ing to be out of work,” she said.

Sen­a­tor Lam­bie will also keep a close eye on what hap­pens with Jus­tine Keay’s sit­u­a­tion. The Brad­don La­bor MHR is also un­der a cit­i­zen­ship cloud and Tas­ma­nian Lib­eral sen­a­tor Eric Abetz con­tin­ues to put pres­sure on Ms Keay to clar­ify her sit­u­a­tion.

“It is a real shame that Jus­tine Keay con­tin­ues to en­gage in such a great de­cep­tion of the peo­ple of Brad­don by re­fus­ing to ei­ther re­sign or have her­self re­ferred to the High Court to draw an end to the valid ques­tions hang­ing over her, par­tic­u­larly in light of Mr Parry and Ms Lam­bie’s honourable ac­tions,” Sen­a­tor Abetz said. Loss of class act a shame

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