Senator Jacqui Lambie calls for a “Tasmanian Republic”

Senator Jacqui Lambie calls for a “Tasmanian Republic”

17 March, 2015. 11:30

CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | Contact

Senator Jacqui Lambie
Senator Jacqui Lambie, the new voice for an Independent Tasmania.

Former Palmer United Party senator Jacqui Lambie has kicked things off with yet another controversial tirade, this time regarding her plans for an independent Tasmania.

Her “dream for Tasmania” would see the island leaving Australia as a federal state, and her leaving the Australian senateĀ as well.

In yet another shocking and confusing senate address, Lambie has been vocal in her support for an independent Tasmania – in the wake of the unsuccessful Scottish Referendum.

Lambie has cited the Scottish referendum as inspiration for the independent Tasmania movement
Lambie has cited the Scottish referendum as inspiration for the independent Tasmania movement

 

“It just goes to show, the Scots talk a big game but really don’t back it up in the voting booths. Tasmanians are different like that, we go all out.

“I guarantee if the same thing happened in Tassie… we would win our independency by a landslide”

Lambie says she has become aware of the wide-spread support among her fellow Tasmanians for independence, especially among small business people.

“They have a flag proposal and everything. This has been brewing down there for a while. I am happy to be the voice of this movement. The sooner we get our independence, the better,”

"The Tasmanian Republic Flag" - as proposed by Jacqui Lambie and her supporters
“The Tasmanian Republic Flag” – as proposed by Jacqui Lambie and her supporters

“Our convict past is an historical fact. From 1803 until 1852 we received nearly 70,000 convicts who were primarily involved in providing cheap labour for public works and were treated horrifically by the crown. We aren’t going to forget that,”

When you take into account what the British did to the Indigenous Tasmanians. It’s pretty clear why we want absolutely nothing to do with the Commonwealth down here

Lambie understands an independent Tasmania might actually see her out of a job, but claims she would gladly spend the rest of her life on the couch, if it meant her people could see the freedom they so desperately pine for.

Tasmanian Indigenous leader, Michael Mansell. While he disagrees with a lot Senator Lambie says, they both agree with the Tasmanian Republican Movement
Tasmanian Indigenous leader, Michael Mansell. While he disagrees with a lot Senator Lambie says, they both agree with the Tasmanian Republican Movement

 

Lambie believes the the over-politically correct attitude held in mainland Australia does not resonate well with Tasmanians.

“If we go independent, we’ll finally be able to run things our way”

Debates have raged online regarding whether or not this is directly related to her peculiar online activity in the last week, with many thinking she is preparing to make a dash for the role of president in an independent Tasmania.

“Obviously I’m very happy in my role as an independent senator, but if Tasmania gets the opportunity to go their own way… I’m leaving Canberra for Hobart in a second.”

The Senator has not ruled out a hostile takeover of the island state.

“Give it to us or we will take it ourselves”