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  • Australian Labor Party Representative for Kingsford Smith
  • Former Australian Labor Party Senator for NSW
  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury (since 6 Dec 2017)
    Shadow Assistant Minister for an Australian Head of State (since 6 Dec 2017)
  • 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 moderately for uranium export. votes
  • Voted very strongly for increasing surveillance powers. 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

Statements by Members: Summer Holidays (6 Dec 2018)

“As parliament winds up for the year, as school students begin their holidays and Australians begin their holidays, I wish to pay tribute to and thank those who will volunteer their time over the course of these summer holidays to keep us Australians safe—in particular, our volunteer surf lifesavers, rural firefighters, volunteer firefighters and the SES, who give of their time, who...”

Bills: Treasury Laws Amendment (Prohibiting Energy Market Misconduct) Bill 2018; Second Reading (6 Dec 2018)

“The Treasury Laws Amendment (Prohibiting Energy Market Misconduct) Bill 2018 would have to be the worst, shallowest, most ill-conceived piece of legislation that I have seen in the parliament in my time as a member. Given this government's track record, that is really saying something. This legislation is rushed. It has not been recommended by any parliamentary inquiry or external inquiry to...”

Constituency Statements: Climate Change (6 Dec 2018)

“Climate change is real. Australians know that it's real. Age is no barrier to this reality. From young to old and everyone in between, the people of Australia, indeed the citizens of the world, accept the reality of human-induced climate change. At 92, Sir David Attenborough isn't urging action on climate change out of self-interest. Representing the world's people at the United Nations...”

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Numbers

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  • Has spoken in 90 debates in the last year — 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.
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  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 384 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?)