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  • Former Independent Representative for Indi
  • Left House of Representatives on 18 May 2019 — retired
  • Entered House of Representatives on 7 September 2013 — Federal election

Voting record (from They Vote For You)

How Cathy McGowan voted on key issues since 2006:

  • Voted consistently for a carbon price. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing scrutiny of asylum seeker management. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing trade unions' powers in the workplace. votes
  • Voted consistently for implementing refugee and protection conventions. votes
  • Voted consistently against temporary protection visas. votes
  • Voted almost always for increasing or removing the Government debt limit. votes
  • Voted generally against a minerals resource rent tax . votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing protection of Australia's fresh water. votes
  • Voted consistently against regional processing of asylum seekers. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing marine conservation. votes
  • Voted consistently for unconventional gas mining. votes
  • Voted consistently against restricting foreign ownership. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing investment in renewable energy. votes
  • Voted consistently for privatising government assets. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing Aboriginal land rights. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing funding for university education. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing the price of subsidised medicine. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing the age pension. votes
  • Voted generally against decreasing availability of welfare payments. votes
  • Voted almost always for an emissions reduction fund. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing funding for road infrastructure. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing restrictions on gambling. votes
  • Voted consistently against encouraging Australian-based industry. votes
  • Voted consistently for decreasing ABC and SBS funding. votes
  • Voted generally against tighter means testing of family payments . votes
  • Voted consistently against deregulating undergraduate university fees. votes
  • Voted consistently for removing children from immigration detention. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing the diversity of media ownership. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing indexation of HECS-HELP debts. votes
  • Voted consistently against charging postgraduate research students fees. votes
  • Voted generally against 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 generally for Senate electoral reform. votes
  • Voted consistently against stopping tax avoidance or aggressive tax minimisation. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing funding for legal aid. votes
  • Voted almost always 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 a mixture of for and against suspending the rules to allow a vote to happen (procedural). votes
  • Voted almost always for letting all MPs or Senators speak in Parliament (procedural). votes
  • Voted consistently against strengthening gun control laws. votes
  • Voted consistently for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). votes
  • Voted almost always for a same-sex marriage plebiscite. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing the initial tax rate for working holiday makers to 19%. votes
  • Voted consistently for an Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). votes
  • Voted consistently for 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 a mixture of for and against getting rid of Sunday and public holiday penalty rates. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against reducing the corporate tax rate. votes
  • Voted consistently for the Coalition's new schools funding policy ("Gonski 2.0"). votes
  • Voted consistently against requiring every native title claimant to sign land use agreements. votes
  • Voted consistently against a Royal Commission into Violence and Abuse against People with Disability. votes
  • Voted consistently against drug testing welfare recipients. votes
  • Voted consistently against a citizenship test. votes
  • Voted consistently against privatising government services. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing the Medicare Levy to pay for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. votes
  • Voted consistently against turning back asylum boats when possible. votes
  • Voted consistently against civil celebrants having the right to refuse to marry same-sex couples. 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 almost always for making more water from Murray-Darling Basin available to use. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing penalties for breach of data. votes
  • Voted consistently for a combined Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing government support for the dairy industry. votes

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RSS feed Most recent appearances in parliament

Statements on Indulgence: Valedictory (4 Apr 2019)

“on indulgence: hello, everybody, and thank you for coming. Six years ago, when I rose to make my first speech, the gallery was full. My community was engaged, supportive and present. Today, as I rise to make my last speech, it's much the same. Back then, I quoted Margaret Mead: 'Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever...”

Statements on Indulgence: Valedictory (4 Apr 2019)

“Yes, the work is unfinished. On climate change, we haven't been able to do as much as we wanted in this space, but we did manage to save the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, ARENA, and we did manage to save the Clean Energy Finance Corporation—that infrastructure that was so important and was going to be done away with. But climate change and its mitigation remain serious issues in...”

Questions without Notice: National Disability Insurance Scheme (3 Apr 2019)

“My question is to the Prime Minister. My community, at recent NDIS forums in Wangaratta, Wodonga and Benalla, raised concerns of ongoing delays in access to services and equipment and about the process for signing off on draft plans. Last night's budget revealed a significant underspend in NDIS funding. This is disappointing when there is such need, particularly in rural and regional...”

More of Cathy McGowan's recent appearances

Numbers

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  • Has spoken in 49 debates in the last year — above average amongst Representatives.
  • People have made 0 comments on this Representative's speeches — below average amongst Representatives.
  • This Representative's speeches are understandable to an average 17–18 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
  • 5 people are tracking whenever this Representative speaks.
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 323 times in debates — average amongst Representatives. (Why is this here?)