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  • Australian Labor Party Representative for Bean
  • Former Australian Labor Party Senator for ACT
  • Entered the Senate on 23 May 2018 — Federal election
  • Entered House of Representatives on 18 May 2019 — Federal election
  • Left Senate on 11 April 2019 — Resigned
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Voting record (from They Vote For You)

How David Smith voted on key issues since 2006:

  • Voted very strongly for tobacco plain packaging. votes
  • Voted very strongly against a carbon price. votes
  • Voted strongly for increasing scrutiny of asylum seeker management. votes
  • Voted very strongly for increasing trade unions' powers in the workplace. votes
  • Voted very strongly for implementing refugee and protection conventions. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing protection of Australia's fresh water. votes
  • Voted moderately for increasing marine conservation. votes
  • Voted very strongly for unconventional gas mining. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing investment in renewable energy. votes
  • Voted strongly against more scrutiny of intelligence services & police. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing funding for university education. votes
  • Voted very strongly against live animal exports. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against decreasing availability of welfare payments. votes
  • Voted very strongly against increasing restrictions on gambling. votes
  • Voted very strongly for increasing fishing restrictions. votes
  • Voted very strongly for encouraging Australian-based industry. votes
  • Voted very strongly for increasing surveillance powers. votes
  • Voted very strongly for increasing consumer protections. votes
  • Voted moderately against increasing freedom of political communication. votes
  • Voted moderately against decreasing ABC and SBS funding. votes

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RSS feed Most recent appearances in parliament

Private Members' Business: Charitable Organisations (7 Dec 2020)

“I wish to thank Dr Leigh, the member for Fenner, for bringing forward this motion and, more broadly, for his excellent work on the not-for-profit sector and how we can continue to build better communities. I also thank Senator Catryna Bilyk for her leadership and commitment to sensible, overdue reform in the charities sector. In this time of COVID, many throughout the nation were and are in...”

Private Members' Business: Charitable Organisations (7 Dec 2020)

“I second the motion and reserve my right to speak.”

Matters of Public Importance: Pensions and Benefits (3 Dec 2020)

“US President Harry Truman used to have a sign on his desk saying 'The buck stops here'. If the Prime Minister had a sign on his desk, it would say 'I don't hold a hose'. In fact, no-one in this government holds a hose on anything or appears to care about the consequences of either maladministration or inaction. That callous indifference to consequence was on show again for all to hear in...”

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Numbers

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  • Has spoken in 29 debates in the last year — well below average amongst Representatives.
  • Has spoken in 11 debates in the last year — well below average amongst Senators.
  • People have made 0 comments on this Representative's speeches — below average amongst Representatives.
  • People have made 0 comments on this Senator's speeches — average amongst Senators.
  • This Representative's speeches are understandable to an average 17–18 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") 28 times in debates — well below average amongst Representatives. (Why is this here?)
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 11 times in debates — well below average amongst Senators. (Why is this here?)

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