Under the edited post, Mr Mav responded to a commenter noting he had removed a phone number, saying “facebook did not me [sic] because Jacqui … doesn’t want to be held accountable”. Senate president Slade Brockman said he would consider the matter for further investigation. Catch up on the main COVID-19 news from November 23 with a look back at our blog. One Nation out of touch on mandates: Lambie. Senator Hanson’s private members bill to scrap vaccine mandates was introduced and voted down yesterday, but five government senators crossed the floor to vote in favour of it.
“You’ve got the AFP briefing politicians about our safety, we’ve got gallows on the steps of Victoria’s parliament, and senators in this very chamber should not be facilitating any abuse.” One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts admitted the senator’s number had been inadvertently shared by Tasmanian One Nation candidate Steve Mav on Facebook. The post showed a purported text message exchange between Senator Lambie and a constituent on vaccine mandates. The post has since been removed and an edited version posted.
During debate on the bill, Senator Lambie made an impassioned speech against ending the vaccine mandates, saying it was not discriminatory to have different rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated people. “Here’s the thing: Being held accountable for your own actions isn’t called discrimination, it’s called — you wouldn’t believe — being a goddamn bloody adult,” she said yesterday. Speaking this morning, Senator Lambie said Senator Hanson and the other senators who voted for the bill were out of touch with Australians who wanted to keep themselves and their families safe.
“If they had their boots on the ground out there, to be honest, [they would realise] the majority that usually stays silent, doesn’t say too much, has had enough,” Senator Lambie said. “They’re concerned about their kids, their mothers, their fathers … there is nothing else we have on the front line. “There is nothing else that we have that’s been put in front of us that can give us a good chance of actually defeating this and keeping our health intact without losing people that are close to us.
Scott Morrison has his arm outreached while speaking at a lecturn. Two Liberals, who few in the party expected to be elected, have found themselves holding the Prime Minister’s legislative agenda just months out from an election, potentially making Scott Morrison’s job even harder. Government senators Matt Canavan, Gerard Rennick, Alex Antic, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and Sam McMahon voted in favour of Senator Hanson’s bill.
“I will not be like those people playing Russian roulette with people’s lives. I will just not do that.” Senator Lambie said people would have to “wear” the consequences of their choices and people who wanted their freedoms back were lining up to get the vaccine. “Most Australians understand that this is the only way we can beat this,” she said. The government is also now facing a revolt from one of its MPs in the House of Representatives too, with Nationals MP George Christensen threatening to withhold his vote unless the government moves to overturn vaccine mandates.
In a social media post, he said he would either lodge a conscience vote or abstain from voting until the federal government stopped state governments and private companies from introducing vaccine mandates. But Mr Christensen, who is stepping down at the upcoming election, said he would continue to support essential legislation.
Yesterday the Prime Minister acknowledged Coalition MPs’ right to cross the floor, saying: “We don’t kick people out of our party if they happen, from time to time, to disagree.” Independent MP Bob Katter has also confirmed he will follow Mr Christensen in only supporting essential government legislation Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.