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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 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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- Never rebels against their party in this parliament.
- Constituency Statements: Science meets Parliament (25 Mar 2021)
“Last Thursday, I had the privilege of meeting with some brilliant scientists and engineers through the Science meets Parliament program, hosted by Science & Technology Australia. Science meets Parliament is Australia's premier event connecting emerging STEM leaders with decision-makers, improving communication and understanding of our world-leading work across science, technology,...”
- Matters of Public Importance: Morrison Government (25 Feb 2021)
“During question time, one of the favourite responses of government ministers to dorothy dixers is to take the first 30 seconds or so to wax lyrical about the leadership of member X prior to their political career and to then expound on their leadership since they've come to this place. Sometimes it's a stretch. It's a predictable and repeated piece of theatre, even if at times you can feel...”
- Bills: Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia's Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020; Second Reading (23 Feb 2021)
“Like many Labor members of this House before me, I rise to speak in this debate to place on the record my opposition to the government amendments in the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia's Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 and why they're bad for those in the community I represent. I do that off the back of a quarter of a century working in industrial relations policy and practice...”
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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.
- 2 people are tracking whenever this Representative speaks — email me whenever David Smith speaks.
- Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 33 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?)