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Jacqui Lambie to register party, seeks candidates for next Tasmanian election

Senator Jacqui Lambie is looking for "people with at least half a spine" to stand for her party in the next state election.
Senator Jacqui Lambie may have been undone by Section 44. Photo: ABC News / Matt Roberts
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Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie has confirmed she will field candidates under her own political party, the Jacqui Lambie Network (JLN), at the next Tasmanian election.

Senator Lambie said she had applied to the Tasmanian Electoral Commission to register the JLN this week, and had provided more than the 100 signatures required to support the application.

She said there had been a lot of interest from people wanting to stand as JLN candidates and she would begin sorting through the applicants.

The party is running advertisements in newspapers calling for candidates.

“If anyone wants the opportunity, and they think they can make a difference in Tasmania, and they actually have half a spine on them, then please stand up, and have a shot at this.”

She said she hoped to run a full ticket in all five state seats, but would focus the JLN campaign on the seats of Lyons, Braddon and possibly Bass.

“There should be no reason if we had the right candidates that we couldn’t snatch one or two seats in Braddon alone.”

Polling analyst Kevin Bonham said Senator Lambie’s JLN would divert votes away from the major parties.

“Those are the seats where she had the greatest success at the federal poll, so it is not surprising that they would be the ones where she would be trying for at the election,” he said.

But Mr Bonham said the JLN would need to field high profile candidates to pose a real threat.

“I don’t think people are going to get elected to Parliament just because they are endorsed by Jacqui Lambie,” he said.

Denison Independent Andrew Wilkie is yet to decide if he will endorse candidates in the state election, including Kristie Johnston, who is yet to confirm whether she will run.

“There are now as many as two seats up for grabs in Denison and it may well be the pivotal seat at the next state election,” Mr Bonham said.