Jacqui bio

I became a politician because I want a better and more prosperous future – a fair go, for all Tasmanians and Australians – not just the privileged and rich.

By the grace of God and the goodwill of Tasmanians I was elected to the senate in Sept 2013, taking my seat on 1 July 2014.

It was my battle with the Government’s Department of Veterans’ Affairs that proved to me official corruption is a big problem in Australia. That battle with the Government’s DVA, gave me anger, strength, and courage to have a go at changing the Government’s unfair, corrupt political system from within Parliament.

During my two years serving in the Senate I’ve met many victims of official corruption. I’ve listened carefully to them. Read their sworn statements – and I’ve told those whistleblower stories under privilege in the Senate to shame the Government into action.

I have no doubt, that on all sides of politics, there are many corrupt individuals who use public office for private gain. I will not stand by and let those individuals ruin good peoples’ lives, or place in jeopardy Tasmania and Australia’s democratic future.

I have committed to a number of important policies I believe will make Australia better for our grandchildren. I will do everything necessary to stop the Liberal’s $650 million cuts to our Medicare bulk-billing system. Medicare co-payments and the Liberal’s $100,000 degrees will not happen while I hold the balance of power in the Senate.

Like every other Tasmanian and Australian I have had my ups and downs and life’s struggles.  As you know, like many other families, my family has been affected by the ICE scourge.  This has been a steep learning curve for me and this is why I am determined to give parents the right to involuntarily detox their children aged 17 and under.

I will always fight for better pay and entitlements for our diggers and veterans as well as delivering a gold card for all veterans who serve in war or war-like conditions. I will also fight to establish a voluntary National Service Training and Apprenticeship Scheme in our military for our young people. I’ve managed to deliver an extra $200 million for the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme while forcing reforms on our Renewable Energy Targets (RET), which saved 10,000 direct and indirect jobs in Tasmania’s heavy manufacturing industries.

I look forward to your support and input.  Together we can get more for Tasmania by strengthening our independent voice in the Senate.


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