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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
- Email me whenever David Smith speaks (no more than once per day)
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 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 very strongly against more scrutiny of intelligence services & police. votes
- Voted very strongly for increasing funding for university education. votes
- Voted very strongly against live animal exports. votes
- Voted strongly for 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
Read about how the voting record is decided.
- Never rebels against their party in this parliament.
- Constituency Statements: Bean Electorate (4 Dec 2019)
“As we near the end of 2019, I'd like to wish everyone across Bean a safe and happy festive season and a prosperous 2020. The electorate of Bean, stretching from the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, in the south, to the National Arboretum—but not forgetting everything in between, or Norfolk Island—is a beautiful electorate. The real beauty, though, is in the people that...”
- Statements by Members: Science (27 Nov 2019)
“I hope members and senators have taken the opportunity today to meet some of the hundreds of scientists who are here as part of the Science meets Parliament program. Australian scientists are the hit machine of scientific invention when governments back them in, from the black-box flight recorder and the bionic ear to wi-fi and the Gardasil cancer vaccine. Science meets Parliament is now in...”
- Adjournment: Workplace Relations (25 Nov 2019)
“I rise to speak tonight about a very important matter for the people of my electorate of Bean, for the Labor members of this parliament and for thousands of workers across the country, and that is the increasing disrespect and growing occurrence of abuse and sexual harassment of our hardworking retail workforce on the back of a growing number of wage theft instances across the retail sector....”
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- Has spoken in 9 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 — 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.
- 3 people are tracking whenever this Representative speaks — email me whenever David Smith speaks.
- Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 6 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?)