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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.
- Questions without Notice: COVID-19: Lockdowns (2 Sep 2021)
“My question is to the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister said, 'Ultimately, everything is a state matter.' Is it the states or is it the Prime Minister who is responsible for half the country being in lockdown because of his quarantine and vaccine failures?”
- Statements by Members: Canberra Electorate: COVID-19 (2 Sep 2021)
“As everyone here in this chamber and building knows, Canberra, my home town, has been in lockdown since 12 August. My community knows how dangerous this delta strain of COVID-19 is and it is doing the right thing to help limit the spread of this virus. What started with an index case a few weeks ago has grown to a cluster of over 250 active cases, with 13 cases in hospital. When providing...”
- Condolences: Gallacher, Senator Alexander McEachian (Alex) (1 Sep 2021)
“Alex Gallacher was born in New Cumnock, a small coalmining village in East Ayrshire, a village that, despite its name, dates back to the 13th century, with connections to William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Rabbie Burns. A few miles down the road lived Keir Hardie, a founder of the UK Labour Party and a giant of the trade union movement. While organising in Ayrshire for the miners union,...”
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- Has spoken in 27 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.
- 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") 43 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?)