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RSS feed Matt Thistlethwaite MP, former Senator

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  • Australian Labor Party Representative for Kingsford Smith
  • Former Australian Labor Party Senator for NSW
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Financial Services (since 2 Jun 2019)
    Shadow Assistant Minister for the Republic (since 2 Jun 2019)
  • Entered the Senate on 1 July 2011 — Federal election
  • Entered House of Representatives on 7 September 2013 — Federal election
  • Left Senate on 9 August 2013 — Resigned
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Voting record (from They Vote For You)

How Matt Thistlethwaite voted on key issues since 2006:

  • Voted a mixture of for and against same sex marriage. votes
  • Voted very strongly for tobacco plain packaging. votes
  • Voted very strongly for a carbon price. votes
  • Voted moderately against increasing scrutiny of asylum seeker management. votes
  • Voted very strongly for increasing trade unions' powers in the workplace. votes
  • Voted moderately for implementing refugee and protection conventions. votes
  • Has never voted on recognising local government in the Constitution. votes
  • Voted very strongly against temporary protection visas. votes
  • Voted very strongly against voluntary student union fees. votes
  • Voted moderately against increasing or removing the debt limit. votes
  • Voted very strongly for a minerals resource rent tax . votes
  • Voted moderately against increasing protection of Australia's fresh water. votes
  • Voted strongly for regional processing of asylum seekers. votes
  • Voted strongly against increasing marine conservation. votes
  • Voted moderately for unconventional gas mining. votes
  • Voted strongly for restricting foreign ownership. votes
  • Voted moderately for increasing investment in renewable energy. votes
  • Voted very strongly against privatising government assets. votes
  • Voted very strongly against more scrutiny of intelligence services & police. votes
  • Voted very strongly for increasing Aboriginal land rights. votes
  • Voted moderately for increasing funding for university education. votes
  • Voted very strongly for decreasing the private health insurance rebate. votes
  • Voted very strongly against increasing the price of subsidised medicine. votes
  • Voted very strongly for increasing the age pension. votes
  • Voted very strongly against increasing protection of Aboriginal heritage sites. votes
  • Voted moderately for live animal exports. votes
  • Voted very strongly for carbon farming. votes
  • Voted very strongly against decreasing availability of welfare payments. votes
  • Voted very strongly for re-approving/ re-registering agvet chemicals. votes
  • Voted very strongly for the Intervention in the Northern Territory. votes
  • Voted very strongly against an emissions reduction fund. votes
  • Voted very strongly against increasing funding for road infrastructure. votes
  • Voted moderately against increasing restrictions on gambling. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing fishing restrictions. votes
  • Voted very strongly for encouraging Australian-based industry. votes
  • Voted moderately for uranium export. votes
  • Voted very strongly for increasing surveillance powers. votes
  • Voted very strongly for increasing consumer protections. votes
  • Voted moderately against increasing public access to government data. votes
  • Voted very strongly for an NBN (using fibre to the premises). votes
  • Voted very strongly for offshore processing of asylum seekers. votes
  • Voted very strongly against decreasing ABC and SBS funding. votes

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RSS feed Most recent appearances in parliament

Committees: Corporations and Financial Services Committee; Reference (13 May 2020)

“I second the amendment. This government will go for anything to avoid scrutiny around the royal commission and the implementation of the recommendations of the royal commission. What's more important to the average Australian: an inquiry into corporate litigation funders, or looking at why this government is dragging its heels and not delivering on the recommendations of the Hayne royal...”

Matters of Public Importance: Child Care (13 May 2020)

“On 20 April this year I received an email from Andrew, a local from my electorate, expressing his concern about the government's new childcare policy. It reads: 'I thought I'd let you know there is an annoying flaw in the Child Care Subsidy plan which has created a system where I cannot get any child care for my child and will probably have to quit my job to look after him. The system has...”

Questions without Notice: JobKeeper Payment (13 May 2020)

“My question is to the Prime Minister. Natalie operates a childcare centre in Maroubra in my electorate and employs eight people. Her revenue has halved since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, and only five of her employees are eligible for JobKeeper. She's had to turn away eight children so far. How are Australian mums and dads meant to go back to work if they can't get access to child...”

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Numbers

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  • Has spoken in 63 debates in the last year — well above average amongst Representatives.
  • Has spoken in 55 debates in the last year — average amongst Senators.
  • People have made 1 comment on this Representative's speeches — average amongst Representatives.
  • People have made 0 comments on this Senator's speeches — below average amongst Senators.
  • This Representative's speeches are understandable to an average 18–19 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
  • 9 people are tracking whenever this Representative speaks — email me whenever Matt Thistlethwaite speaks.
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 440 times in debates — above average amongst Representatives. (Why is this here?)
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 117 times in debates — below average amongst Senators. (Why is this here?)