Independent Senator Jacquie Lambie says her new party the Jacqui Lambie Network (JLN) will lobby for cuts to foreign aid and will ensure Sharia Law isn’t introduced in Australia.
Appearing on Sky News on Tuesday morning, Senator Lambie said she created the party to help people “get up in that Senate and protect battlers”.
Sky News presenter Keiran Gilbert probed the Tasmanian politician on her policy to ban Sharia Law in Australia, adding there was no possibility of it being introduced.
Senator Lambie said she was “getting on the front foot”.
“I just want to make sure that it’s quite loud and clear that when it comes to Sharia law there is no room in this country for Sharia law,” she said.
“Many Australians have a concern that’s why I’ve stipulated that in those policies.”
Sharia law is the body of Islamic law, and has punishments like lashings and hand amputation for crimes such as theft and pre-marital sex.
The former Palmer United Party Senator, who spectacularly quit in November after a falling out with Clive Palmer, said she wanted foreign aid to be cut by 50 per cent so money could be spent in “our own backyard first”.
“We’re talking about deregulating universities and putting university fees up for children around the country and only spending 0.6 per cent of GDP on it,” she said.
“I want to know why we aren’t spending one per cent [of GDP] on our kids because they are our future.”
When asked by Mr Gilbert how she came up with the 50 per cent cut to foreign aid, Senator Lambie said she wanted to introduce a national trade and apprenticeship scheme, and that it would cost money.
The Tasmanian politician is known for her controversial policies, including the re-introduction of the death penalty in Australia, as well as a widespread ban on halal certification.