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  • Australian Labor Party Representative for Gorton
  • Shadow Minister for Defence (since 28 Jan 2021)
    Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (House) (since 28 Jan 2021)
    Shadow Minister for Home Affairs (House) (since 28 Jan 2021)
    Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs (House) (since 28 Jan 2021)
  • Entered House of Representatives on 10 November 2001 — Federal election
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Voting record (from They Vote For You)

How Brendan O'Connor voted on key issues since 2006:

  • Voted generally for same-sex marriage equality. votes
  • Voted consistently for tobacco plain packaging. votes
  • Voted consistently for a carbon price. votes
  • Voted generally for increasing scrutiny of asylum seeker management. votes
  • Voted consistently against government administered paid parental leave. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing trade unions' powers in the workplace. votes
  • Voted consistently for the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. votes
  • Voted generally for implementing refugee and protection conventions. votes
  • Voted generally for increasing competition in bulk wheat export. votes
  • Voted consistently for recognising local government in the Constitution. votes
  • Voted generally against temporary protection visas. votes
  • Voted consistently against voluntary student union fees. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing or removing the Government debt limit. votes
  • Voted almost always for a minerals resource rent tax . votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing protection of Australia's fresh water. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against regional processing of asylum seekers. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing marine conservation. votes
  • Voted consistently against unconventional gas mining. votes
  • Voted consistently for restricting foreign ownership. votes
  • Voted almost always for increasing investment in renewable energy. votes
  • Voted consistently against privatising government assets. votes
  • Voted consistently for stem cell research. votes
  • Has never voted on more scrutiny of intelligence services & police. votes
  • Voted generally for increasing Aboriginal land rights. votes
  • Voted generally for increasing funding for university education. votes
  • Voted consistently for decreasing the private health insurance rebate. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing the price of subsidised medicine. votes
  • Voted generally for increasing the age pension. votes
  • Voted consistently for extending government benefits to same-sex couples. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing availability of abortion drugs. votes
  • Voted consistently against live animal export. votes
  • Voted consistently for carbon farming. votes
  • Voted almost always against decreasing availability of welfare payments. votes
  • Voted consistently for re-approving/ re-registering agvet chemicals. votes
  • Voted consistently against the Intervention in the Northern Territory. votes
  • Voted consistently against an emissions reduction fund. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing funding for road infrastructure. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing restrictions on gambling. votes
  • Voted almost always for increasing fishing restrictions. votes
  • Voted consistently for encouraging Australian-based industry. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing consumer protections. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing access under Freedom of Information law. votes
  • Voted consistently for an NBN (using fibre to the premises). votes
  • Has never voted on decreasing ABC and SBS funding. votes
  • Voted consistently against tighter means testing of family payments . votes
  • Voted generally against deregulating undergraduate university fees. votes
  • Voted consistently for removing children from immigration detention. votes
  • Voted consistently against compensating victims of overseas terrorism since the September 11 attack. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing the diversity of media ownership. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing indexation of HECS-HELP debts. votes
  • Voted generally against charging postgraduate research students fees. votes
  • Voted consistently for treating government action on climate change as a matter of urgency. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing transparency of big business by making information public. votes
  • Voted consistently for letting environmental groups challenge the legality of certain government decisions. votes
  • Voted consistently for restricting donations to political parties. votes
  • Has never voted on creating a federal Anti-Corruption Commission. votes
  • Voted generally against Senate electoral reform. votes
  • Voted consistently for a fast transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. votes
  • Voted consistently for stopping tax avoidance or aggressive tax minimisation. votes
  • Has never voted on ending illegal logging. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing parliamentary entitlements for current MPs and Senators. votes
  • Voted consistently against a plebiscite on the carbon pricing mechanism. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing funding for legal aid. votes
  • Voted generally against putting welfare payments onto cashless debit cards (or indue cards) on a temporary basis as a trial. votes
  • Voted generally against speeding things along in Parliament (procedural). votes
  • Voted generally for suspending the rules to allow a vote to happen (procedural). votes
  • Voted generally for letting all MPs or Senators speak in Parliament (procedural). votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing housing affordability. votes
  • Voted generally for ending immigration detention on Nauru. votes
  • Voted generally for ending immigration detention on Manus Island. votes
  • Voted consistently against strengthening gun control laws. votes
  • Voted generally for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). votes
  • Voted consistently against a same-sex marriage plebiscite. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing the initial tax rate for working holiday makers to 19%. votes
  • Voted consistently against an Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing scrutiny of unions. votes
  • Voted consistently against stopping people who arrive by boat from ever coming to Australia. votes
  • Voted consistently for doctor-initiated medical transfers for asylum seekers. votes
  • Voted consistently against getting rid of Sunday and public holiday penalty rates. votes
  • Voted consistently against reducing the corporate tax rate. votes
  • Voted consistently against the Coalition's new schools funding policy ("Gonski 2.0"). votes
  • Voted consistently for requiring every native title claimant to sign land use agreements. votes
  • Voted consistently for a Royal Commission into Violence and Abuse against People with Disability. votes
  • Has never voted on drug testing welfare recipients. votes
  • Has never voted on a citizenship test. votes
  • Voted consistently against privatising government services. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing the Medicare Levy to pay for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. votes
  • Voted almost always for government action on animal & plant extinctions. votes
  • Voted consistently against turning back asylum boats when possible. votes
  • Voted generally against civil celebrants having the right to refuse to marry same-sex couples. votes
  • Voted consistently against expanding Medicare-funded dental care. votes
  • Voted consistently against greater control over items brought into immigration detention centres. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing eligibility requirements for Australian citizenship. votes
  • Voted consistently against making more water from Murray-Darling Basin available to use. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing penalties for breach of data. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing political transparency. votes
  • Voted almost always against a combined Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia. votes
  • Voted almost always against political interference in research funding. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against protecting Australian sovereignty in trade agreements. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing government support for the dairy industry. votes
  • Voted consistently for community right to say no to nuclear waste disposal sites. votes
  • Voted consistently against for increasing the Youth Allowance rate. votes
  • Has never voted on Temporary Exclusion Orders. votes
  • Voted consistently for making the cashless debit card program voluntary. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing funding for vocational education. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing access to the JobKeeper Payment. votes
  • Voted consistently for assisting the Arts sector through the coronavirus pandemic. votes
  • Voted consistently for parliament continuing to meet during the COVID-19 pandemic. votes
  • Voted consistently against banning mobiles and other devices in immigration detention. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing state and territory environmental approval powers. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing the cost of humanities degrees. votes
  • Has never voted on extending Jobkeeper Payment. votes
  • Voted consistently against implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing support for the Australian film and TV industry. votes
  • Voted consistently for building dedicated quarantine facilities (COVID-19). votes
  • Voted consistently for treating the COVID vaccine rollout as a matter of urgency. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing workplace protections for women. votes
  • Voted consistently against putting welfare payments onto cashless debit cards (or indue cards) on an ongoing basis. votes

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Questions without Notice: COVID-19: Quarantine (30 Nov 2021)

“R () (): My question is to the Prime Minister. The home affairs minister said today that we do not need purpose-built quarantine because hotel quarantine has worked very effectively. How many state borders have been closed and how many lockdowns have occurred because of the Prime Minister's reliance on hotel quarantine instead of purpose-built quarantine facilities?”

Bills: Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (Exempting Disability Payments from Income Testing and Other Measures) Bill 2021; Second Reading (30 Nov 2021)

“I'm pleased to speak on the Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (Exempting Disability Payments from Income Testing and Other Measures) Bill 2021, and I move: That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: "whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House criticises the Government for: (1) failing to increase the Totally and...”

Bills: Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020; Consideration in Detail (20 Oct 2021)

“While I rise to support the government amendments to the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020, it's clear that the government requires the splitting of this bill into two parts in order to bring forward some of the recommendations arising out of the joint standing committee's report. It's critical that we move on these issues. What the opposition has been saying...”

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  • Has spoken in 24 debates in the last year — well below average amongst Representatives.
  • People have made 2 comments on this Representative's speeches — average amongst Representatives.
  • This Representative's speeches are understandable to an average 18–19 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
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  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 548 times in debates — above average amongst Representatives. (Why is this here?)