Palmer dismisses Lambie over Remembrance Day Coalition snub

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Clive Palmer has slammed a campaign by Senator Jacqui Lambie encouraging people to turn their backs on Coalition politicians at Remembrance Day services, calling for respect.

The Tasmanian Senator has urged the public to turn their backs on any Coalition politicians speaking at Remembrance Day commemorations, as a protest against a wage offer made to Australian Defence Force members.

"This Remembrance Day I invite all Australians, including our Veterans, to turn their backs on Government members if they are silly enough to give speeches, pretending that they care for our military families," she said.

“Their actions regarding defence pay clearly show that they don’t care or they are cowards.”

Mr Palmer took to Twitter on Monday to dismiss her action, urging instead for respect.

"All Australians, particularly politicians, should show the utmost respect on Remembrance Day," he posted.
"It is never a day for political actions."

In China, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has marked Remembrance Day by saying the Great War forged Australia’s identity.

Mr Abbott will remain in Beijing for the ongoing APEC summit, but has urged Australians to mark the occasion.
In a statement, Mr Abbott said Remembrance Day marked 96 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the Great War.

"It was sacrifice on a stupendous scale," he said.

"At 11am, wherever we are, Australians will fall silent. We pause to remember the suffering and loss that has occurred in all wars, for we are a country of memory, as well as memorials.

"Today, we will remember the courage, achievements, pain and loss of all who have served in our name and we draw strength from their memory."

In Canberra, former prime minister John Howard will deliver the national ceremony speech outside the Australian War Memorial.

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