Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Palmer United Party Senator Jacqui Lambie's speech in the Senate considered by Standing Committee of Privileges

Palmer United Party Senator Jacqui Lambie rose to her feet in the Australian Senate and revealed the substance of a rather strange letter she wrote to Prime Minister Abbott calling for a Royal Commission into the Tasmanian management of indigenous affairs'

She also revealed that her staff taped a telephone call from a person she characterized as a "whistleblower". 

On 2 October 2014 Senator Lambie found out that voters have a right to hit back when unsubstantiated claims are made them in the Senate.

Australian Senate Standing Committee of Privileges 158th Report, 2 October 2014:

1.1  On 1 October  2014 the President of the Senate, Senator the Honourable Stephen Parry, received a submission from Ms Heather Sculthorpe, Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre Inc., seeking redress under the resolution of the Senate of 25 February 1988 relating to the protection of persons referred to in the Senate (Privilege Resolution 5).

1.2 The submission referred to a speech made by Senator Lambie in the Senate on 23 September 2014. The President accepted the submission and referred it to the Committee of Privileges.

1.3 The committee met on 2 October 2014 and resolved to recommend that the response be incorporated in Hansard without change. In considering the submission, the committee did not find it necessary to confer with the person making the submission.

1.4 The committee draws attention to paragraph 5(6) of the resolution which requires that, in considering a submission under this resolution and reporting to the Senate, the committee shall not consider or judge the truth of any statements made in the Senate or in the submission.

1.5 The committee recommends:
That a response by Ms Heather Sculthorpe, in the terms specified at Appendix 1, be incorporated in Hansard.
Senator the Honourable Jacinta Collins

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