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Lambie puts housing on tax cut talk agenda

Crossbench Senator Jacqui Lambie continues to hold out against the government's tax cuts plan. (AAP)

Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie says she hasn't come to a final position on the Morrison government's tax cut legislation, but fears for the poor in her state.

Crossbench senator Jacqui Lambie is holding out against the government's $158 billion tax cuts, putting poverty on her agenda.

"There is no way in good conscience I can vote for substantial tax cuts without making sure that the people who so desperately need a roof over their heads aren't left to go without," she said in a statement on Wednesday.

She said she was yet to come to a final decision on the matter, which the government wants to pass on Thursday.

"People in Tassie are doing it tough and for them $1k in their back pocket now will give them some immediate relief," she said.

"But there are thousands of Tasmanians who are on the pension, Newstart and don't earn enough money to pay tax, and they don't see any benefit from a tax cut."

However, indicating an area where she might be willing to trade, Senator Lambie said there were thousands of Tasmanians waiting for public housing while the commonwealth government continued to demand the state pay $157 million in social housing debt.

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