Jacqui Lambie questions Defence officials about prospect of Ebola-infected 'suicide agents' attacking Australia

 
  Bethungra Train Controller

Jacqui Lambie should resign from Parliament if she is not going to take her job seriously, government MP Craig Laundy says, following the Palmer United senator's warning that Ebola-infected "suicide agents" could attack Australia.

Senator Lambie on Wednesday asked the Vice-Chief of the Defence Force Ray Griggs, who was appearing before Senate estimates, about the theory.

"Do you have any information to suggest that Australia's enemies could attack our country or military using the virus, for example with suicide agents who are affected with the disease, or have access to bodily fluids containing the disease, and what is your contingency plan to fight this?" Senator Lambie asked.

A diplomatic Vice-Admiral Griggs said: "I don't believe there is any evidence to suggest that that is a likely course of action".
"One of the things, senator, that we have playing to our advantage is our geographic isolation and (with) the length of time that it takes simply to get to Australia, and the life cycle of the virus, it becomes very obvious relatively quickly how sick someone is," he added.

"So I think the ability to inject someone into the country, who is not showing symptoms, would be quite difficult," he added.
Senate estimates provide parliamentarians the opportunity to grill bureaucrats about the expenditure of public funds and the implementation of policy.

The theory of a such an attack appears to have first surfaced on the internet three weeks ago on the spoof US news website The National Report.

"The plot that has been uncovered is said to involve ISIS suicide bombers who have purposefully infected themselves with the Ebola virus," the satirical site reported. "They would then synchronise their self-detonations in the populated areas of American cities."  

Fairfax Media is not suggesting Senator Lambie's questions were directly related to the fake news report.
When contacted for further comment, Senator Lambie's chief of staff demanded that any questions be emailed. When Fairfax Media requested a response be given over the phone to avoid her office leaking the response to the rest of the media as has previously occurred, the staff member hung up.

Labor backbencher Rob Mitchell said Senator Lambie's latest round of "bizarre comments" proved the Palmer United Senator appeared to "revel in the embarrassment" she regularly brings to the Senate.

"She makes Pauline Hanson look bright," said Mr Mitchell.

Mr Laundy said Senator Lambie's claim was another in a "litany of comments" including her discussion about the "size of bank accounts and private parts" that had left him "scratching his head".

The Liberal MP said he had been motivated to join Parliament because of the "lack of quality of debate" and Senator Lambie's Ebola-infected terrorist-warning had taken that to a "new low".

Mr Laundy said Senator Lambie needed to realise that the job had to be taken seriously and when parliamentarians speak "your words carry weight".

"If you're not going to take to take the job seriously, resign and put someone in who is," said Mr Laundy.
"My father has told me from a young age, if you find yourself in an environment where you don't know what's going on, shut up and listen and learn."

Mr Laundy's western Sydney electorate of Reid has a large Muslim population. He said Senator Lambie's claim that the burqa should be banned so a woman's body language can be read, and that Sharia law "involves terrorism" had serious implications.
He invited her to his electorate this Saturday when all the major mosques are planning an open day.

"Instead of shooting from the hip and being poorly briefed and having no experience in the field, come to my electorate," Mr Laundy said.

"Come and meet an imam, come and have a chat, come and ask some questions," Mr Laundy urged.


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  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Being an ex military type she would know the questions to ask.

I get the impression she is not all that impressed with the Australian military brass.
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
I suspect the military are even less impressed with her. I certainly am, she is a complete waste of taxpayer's money. She obviously has no idea of how the Ebola infection process works.

Then again, she seems to have even less of an idea of how the Australian parliamentary process works.
  QSB6.7 Chief Train Controller

Location: Going off the rails on a crazy train.
She has an axe to grind against Defence.
Read her bio.
  Johnmc Moderator

Location: Cloncurry, Queensland
Assuming that Senator Lambie was not hoodwinked by the satirical story (National Report disclaimer here: http://realorsatire.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/disclaimer.jpg) there remains the small but significant fact that the only mob that currently wishes us harm - ISIS/ISIL - is a long way away from the outbreak.  And as the chief of the defense force correctly pointed out, our location works very much in our favour.  Any attempt to deliberately use Ebola as a biological weapon would have a high failure rate.

Questions like this do very little apart from causing us to bark at shadows and live in unecessary fear.  It does have some bonuses, though.  If someone is getting harrased for wearing a burkha, now all she has to do is sneeze, and she'll be left alone Smile
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However, I am grateful for Senator Lambie, in that she has succeeded in making my own Federal Member (one Mr R.C. Katter Jr., esq), look postively erudite.
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

It's time for a discussion about whether Tasmanians should be downgraded to a Territory with only two Senators (inevitably one from each major party, cancelling out each other). The most amazing thing about this latest outburst from Senator Lambie is that she's still only the second-craziest Senator from Tasmania in office at the moment - behind the left-wing extremist Christine Milne.
  QSB6.7 Chief Train Controller

Location: Going off the rails on a crazy train.
It's time for a discussion about whether Tasmanians should be downgraded to a Territory with only two Senators (inevitably one from each major party, cancelling out each other). The most amazing thing about this latest outburst from Senator Lambie is that she's still only the second-craziest Senator from Tasmania in office at the moment - behind the left-wing extremist Christine Milne.
justapassenger

Did you forget about that turkey Wilkie?
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Did you forget about that turkey Wilkie?
QSB6.7

Wilkie still has occasional, albeit rare, bouts of sanity unlike the two females mentioned:evil:
  QSB6.7 Chief Train Controller

Location: Going off the rails on a crazy train.
Wilkie still has occasional, albeit rare, bouts of sanity unlike the two females mentioned:evil:
YM-Mundrabilla

He is spineless.  All bark and no bite.
  Aaron Minister for Railways

Location: University of Adelaide SA
It's time for a discussion about whether Tasmanians should be downgraded to a Territory with only two Senators (inevitably one from each major party, cancelling out each other).
"justapassenger"
Why stop there? Let's discuss annexing them from the country, granting them independence and removing all Tassies from the Australian Parliament for good.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
I think Clive is probably asking questions of those who vetted Lambie before she got the pre-selection nod.

She is starting to rival that redhead from Queensland that the Libs gave us.

And I agree, the Tasmanians are over represented, but that's the deal going back over a Century.
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

Why stop there? Let's discuss annexing them from the country, granting them independence and removing all Tassies from the Australian Parliament for good.
"Aaron"

We could put Tasmania on the line the next time the Bledisloe Cup is played, it would create a silver lining for the Wallabies losing yet again.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
We could put Tasmania on the line the next time the Bledisloe Cup is played
justapassenger

What! . . . and have New Zealand in trouble for intentionally throwing the game?
  RTT_Rules Dr Beeching

Location: Dubai UAE
The amount of industry Tasmania has lost in the last 20 years is amazing. With the massive loss of industry they have suffered a significant loss of working population. The West Coast and NW especially Burnie is in decline and has dropped below the nominal figure of 20,000 to claim to be a city.

The railway to Hobart survives because of two factories and should they close I seriously doubt the line will remain open longterm. The Zinc smelter in Hobart is pushing 100 years old, the paper mill at Boyer has had some close calls and the paper mills on the NW have since closed, the Burnie Mill was once a major customer of Tasrail. The Bell Bay Smelter, an irregular user of Tasrail depending on if the shipping to Bell Bay has again be cancelled will likely close before 2020 or certainly not survive its 2024 power contract at which time it will be 70 years old. The West Coast mining industry is in decline with Mt Lyell Mine a 2-3 times a week user of Tasrail again closed. Should the Roseberry mine ever close the West Coast railway line will probably close as well.

Even the vegetable processing plants are at risk of closure. And the once great logging industry is a shadow of its former self, again this was once a very major customer of Tasrail. Once deemed the savior of the economy the call centre industry took off and then partly off-shored to India. However online/mobile phone customer access to their banking and other industries is killing call centers.

I'm not confident Tasrail will survive 2020 in its current form or even at all. Yes the govt is throwing alot of money at it, but there has been comments along the way that I read as this is basically its last chance. Should Tasrail close, another heavy industry gone.

By mid 2020's we could see Tassie be almost completely de-industrialised. Nothing more than an oversized national park with some vegie's sheep and dairy filling in the gaps. Cheap retirement homes for the Melbornittes will probably continue along the Nth West Coast, especially places like Ulverstone and Penguin.

Population growth in Tasmania stopped from mid 90's to mid 2000's but has taken off in recent years, why? Oldies retiring?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasmania#mediaviewer/File:ABS-3101.0-AustralianDemographicStatistics-EstimatedResidentPopulationStatesTerritories-EstimatedResidentPopulation-Persons-Tasmania-A2060848V.svg

Meanwhile the NT is booming and Canberra has spilled over to NSW. So yes, there will be a point in time within a generation that will challenge Tassie's current status in senate will be challenged. I suspect NT and ACT will gains state hood rather than embarrass the islanders.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Population growth in Tasmania stopped from mid 90's to mid 2000's but has taken off in recent years, why?
RTT_Rules

My nephew and his missus have been reproducing? Smile
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
My nephew and his missus have been reproducing? Smile
Graham4405

Well tell them to stop!
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

What! . . . and have New Zealand in trouble for intentionally throwing the game?
"Valvegear"
Not a problem with the Wallabies, they couldn't even win a fixed match at the moment.

Cricket could present an opportunity. The sheep shaggers are master match fixers, but after a couple of Tests of getting thoroughly slapped around by Pakistan our guys would be well prepared for the challenge if they just get it into their heads that Vettori = Zulfiqar, Taylor = Misbah and so on.
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania

The railway to Hobart survives
RTT_Rules

Errrr it ends at Bridgewater. Sure the line still there but isn't in use.

the Burnie Mill was once a major customer of Tasrail.

When the clay traffic stopped, the old Pulp wasn't a major customer for Tasrail. Coal traffic was hit and miss.

And the once great logging industry is a shadow of its former self, again this was once a very major customer of Tasrail.

It was for TGR and AN Tasrail. ATN era, was hit and miss. You can blame the greenies brigade there. There is currently log traffic from South to Bell Bay.

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