Senate Forum

Jacqui Lambie, Nick Xenophon and David Leyonhjelm
Press Club Senate Forum.
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm
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Jacqui LambieSenator Jacqui Lambie was born on the North West Coast of Tasmania, a mother of 2 boys who served as a soldier in the Australian Defence Force between 1989-2000. She was subsequently injured and became a passionate campaigner for veterans.

Jacqui’s interests include serving the less fortunate in our community, be they disadvantaged through injury or illness, poverty or circumstance.

Jacqui has worked as a membership ambassador for the Burnie Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and is involved in the RSL and the Rotary Club of Somerset. She has organised north-west Tasmanian blue light discos for youngsters, and is passionate about youth intervention services.

Indigenous acknowledgement and respect for Australia’s Aboriginal traditional owners is a cultural cornerstone for Jacqui who traces her family history over six generations to the celebrated Aboriginal chieftain of the Tasmania east coast, Mannalargenna.

Nick XenaphonSenator Nick Xenophon ran a small suburban legal practice in Adelaide before entering parliament.

Nick stood for the SA upper house in the 1997 State election on a ‘No Pokies’ platform and was elected.

Re-elected in 2006 to State Parliament, he decided to run federally for the Senate in the 2007 election.

Since starting in the Senate in July 2008, he has fought on key issues for SA.

Nick believes the most important part of his job is speaking up for people who might not otherwise have a voice.

David LeyonhjelmDavid Leyonhjelm is the Liberal Democratic Party’s Senator for NSW.

He has had an interest in politics since the early 1970s when, as a member of Young Labor, he worked on the It’s Time campaign to help end military conscription. The following decade he joined the Liberal Party in an effort to promote economic freedom, resigning in 1996 in disgust at John Howard’s extremist gun laws.

He joined the Shooters Party in 1992 (while in the Liberal Party), became the party’s Chairman in 1999 and managed the successful 2003 campaign that retained the party’s NSW Legislative Council seat.

When the Shooters Party was deregistered federally just prior to the federal election in 2004, he used the Outdoor Recreation Party to run a team of shooters for the Senate and marginal NSW seats. The party’s Senate preferences helped prevent the Greens from taking the final seat.

He also managed the Liberal Democrats’ federal election campaigns in 2007, 2010 and 2013.

He has a classical liberal outlook, favouring individual choice and freedom over government intrusion.

David is married and owns an agribusiness consulting company in Sydney. A former veterinarian, he also has degrees in business and law. His sporting interest is target shooting.