Jacqui Lambie sorry for 'confusion' over Hughes tributes
JACQUI Lambie is sorry.
The senator has apologised for "any confusion" caused by her calling for debate on military pay while others were paying tribute to cricketer Phillip Hughes, whose funeral will begin at lunchtime today.
Senator Lambie said she thought the condolence motion had finished, which was why she took the opportunity to call for discussion of her private bill on ADF pay.
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She said it was the first time she had moved to suspend standing orders -- the formal way of interrupting proceedings in the Senate -- so there might have been some confusion.
"I apologise to Phillip Hughes's family and friends if my misunderstanding over Senate procedure has offended them," she said.
"This must be a very difficult and sad day for them.
"The speeches given in the Senate for Phillip were magnificent and inspirational."
The senator offered her sincere sympathy and condolences to the Hughes family.
Jacqui Lambie interrupts Senate tribute to Hughes
FORMER Palmer United Senator Jacqui Lambie is being attacked on social media after she reportedly interrupted tributes for cricketer Phillip Hughes, who is being honoured at a public service in northern New South Wales today.
Senator Lambie broke into the discussion to call for a debate on her demands to have Australian Defence Force wages and entitlements increased in line with that of politicians or the CPI.
The Senate is understood to have been paying tribute to the young player who died last week.
Senator Lambie then moved to suspend other business so her ADF bill could be discussed.
After some initial surprise, the motion was backed by Labor but ultimately defeated.
When she first attempted to speak, the Sydney Morning Herald reports the government tried to deny her right to raise the motion.
She demanded the government's Senate Leader Eric Abetz give her "a fair go" and "show me some courtesy"
"This isn't about me this is about the men and women who wear the uniform."
Twitter users were unimpressed, labelling her actions as "disrespectful" and "a disgrace".
How rude and disrespectful of Jacqui Lambie to interrupt a tribute to Phillip Hughes in the Senate. #auspol— Belinda Demy-Geroe (@bdemy) December 3, 2014