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Brett Mason, former Senator

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  • Former Liberal Party Senator for Queensland
  • Became a Senator on 1 July 1999 — Federal election
  • Left Senate on 15 April 2015 — Resigned

Voting record (from They Vote For You)

How Brett Mason voted on key issues since 2006:

  • Voted generally against same-sex marriage equality. votes
  • Voted consistently against tobacco plain packaging. votes
  • Voted consistently against a carbon price. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing scrutiny of asylum seeker management. votes
  • Voted almost always for government administered paid parental leave. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing trade unions' powers in the workplace. votes
  • Voted almost always against the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. votes
  • Voted almost always against implementing refugee and protection conventions. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing competition in bulk wheat export. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against recognising local government in the Constitution. votes
  • Voted consistently for temporary protection visas. votes
  • Voted consistently for voluntary student union fees. votes
  • Voted generally for increasing or removing the Government debt limit. votes
  • Voted generally against a minerals resource rent tax . votes
  • Voted generally against increasing protection of Australia's fresh water. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against regional processing of asylum seekers. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing marine conservation. votes
  • Voted generally for unconventional gas mining. votes
  • Voted generally against restricting foreign ownership. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing investment in renewable energy. votes
  • Has never voted on privatising government assets. votes
  • Has never voted on stem cell research. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against more scrutiny of intelligence services & police. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing Aboriginal land rights. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing funding for university education. votes
  • Voted consistently against decreasing the private health insurance rebate. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing the age pension. votes
  • Voted consistently against extending government benefits to same-sex couples. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing protection of Aboriginal heritage sites. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing availability of abortion drugs. votes
  • Voted generally for live animal export. votes
  • Voted consistently against carbon farming. votes
  • Has never voted on decreasing availability of welfare payments. votes
  • Voted consistently against re-approving/ re-registering agvet chemicals. votes
  • Voted almost always for the Intervention in the Northern Territory. votes
  • Voted consistently for an emissions reduction fund. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing funding for road infrastructure. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing restrictions on gambling. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing beef import standards. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing fishing restrictions. votes
  • Voted generally for encouraging Australian-based industry. votes
  • Voted consistently for uranium export. votes
  • Voted generally for increasing surveillance powers. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing consumer protections. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing access under Freedom of Information law. votes
  • Voted consistently against an NBN (using fibre to the premises). votes
  • Voted consistently against a federal inquiry into Queensland government administration. votes
  • Has never voted on offshore processing for people seeking asylum in Australia. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing freedom of political communication. votes
  • Voted generally for storing all citizens' telecommunications data for access by government agencies. votes
  • Voted consistently against requiring a warrant to access citizens’ telecommunications records. votes
  • Voted generally for decreasing ABC and SBS funding. votes
  • Has never voted on tighter means testing of family payments . votes
  • Voted generally for deregulating undergraduate university fees. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing accessibility of government data and documents. votes
  • Voted almost always against removing children from immigration detention. votes
  • Voted generally for funding the national school chaplaincy program. votes
  • Voted generally against landholders' right to say no to mining and gas exploration. votes
  • Has never voted on building Australia’s new submarine fleet in South Australia. votes
  • Voted consistently for giving apprentices access to a $20,000 loan. votes
  • Has never voted on protecting whales within Australian waters. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing the diversity of media ownership. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing support for community radio and TV. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing indexation of HECS-HELP debts. votes
  • Has never voted on charging postgraduate research students fees. votes
  • Voted consistently against decreasing the gender pay gap. votes
  • Voted consistently against greater public scrutiny of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against requiring Parliamentary approval of military deployments. votes
  • Voted almost always against treating government action on climate change as a matter of urgency. votes
  • Voted consistently against revoking citizenship of dual nationals involved with terrorism offences by the minister. votes
  • Voted almost always against restricting donations to political parties. votes
  • Has never voted on creating a federal Anti-Corruption Commission. votes
  • Has never voted on withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. votes
  • Has never voted on using natural resource wealth for the benefit of all Australians. votes
  • Voted generally against protecting whistleblowers. votes
  • Voted almost always against a fast transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. votes
  • Has never voted on stopping tax avoidance or aggressive tax minimisation. votes
  • Voted consistently against ending illegal logging. votes
  • Voted generally against protecting threatened forest and bushland habitats. votes
  • Voted generally against a review of parliamentary entitlements. votes
  • Has never voted on the use of strong encryption technologies. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing parliamentary entitlements for current MPs and Senators. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing the foreign aid budget to 0.7% of Gross National Income. votes
  • Has never voted on removing parallel import restrictions for books. votes
  • Voted generally against local community consultation on infrastructure projects. votes
  • Voted generally against maintaining or increasing CSIRO funding. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing funding for legal aid. votes
  • Voted consistently for a publicly accessible foreign ownership register for agricultural land. votes
  • Voted generally against speeding things along in Parliament (procedural). votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against suspending the rules to allow a vote to happen (procedural). votes
  • Has never voted on high speed rail on the east coast. votes
  • Voted consistently against federal action on public housing. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing housing affordability. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against ending immigration detention on Nauru. votes
  • Has never voted on putting a time limit on immigration detention. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against ending immigration detention on Manus Island. votes
  • Voted generally against protecting the Great Barrier Reef. votes
  • Voted generally against public transport. votes
  • Voted consistently against strengthening gun control laws. votes
  • Voted consistently against the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). votes
  • Voted almost always against protecting citizens' privacy. votes
  • Voted consistently for an Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing scrutiny of unions. votes
  • Has never voted on Preventative Detention Orders (PDOs). votes
  • Has never voted on more scrutiny of the Australian Defence Force. votes
  • Voted almost always for increasing investment in the coal industry. votes
  • Has never voted on banning all investment in cluster munitions. votes
  • Has never voted on getting rid of Sunday and public holiday penalty rates. votes
  • Voted consistently for giving approval for mining in the Liverpool Plains. votes
  • Voted consistently against closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. votes
  • Voted consistently for Adani's proposed Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin. votes
  • Voted consistently against equal treatment for all couples. votes
  • Voted consistently against refugee family reunification. votes
  • Has never voted on a citizenship test. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing federal government support for childcare. votes
  • Voted consistently against government action on animal & plant extinctions. votes
  • Voted consistently for turning back asylum boats when possible. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing the Newstart Allowance rate. votes
  • Voted almost always for making more water from Murray-Darling Basin available to use. votes
  • Has never voted on a declared area offence. votes
  • Voted consistently against promoting multiculturalism. votes
  • Voted consistently for nuclear energy. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing political transparency. votes
  • Voted generally for Australia's timber industry. votes
  • Voted consistently against for increasing the Youth Allowance rate. votes
  • Has never voted on reducing air pollution. votes
  • Voted consistently against investing in climate science. votes
  • Voted almost always for implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. votes

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Most recent appearances in parliament

Parliamentary Representation: Valedictory (26 Mar 2015)

“This is the last time I will have the honour of addressing the Australian Senate. While of course I am very sad to be leaving, the overwhelming sense I have is one of gratitude and thanks—sincere thanks to have been given the greatest honour and the greatest privilege of my life, to sit with my colleagues in this place. I still come in here and look around—it is not that I am not...”

Parliamentary Representation: Valedictory (26 Mar 2015)

“You are right, Leader, to say 'Hear, hear!' All my colleagues respected Arthur much more than they respected me. Every time people came into the office they were never after me, they were always after Arthur. Arthur's story is really Australia's achievement. He came to Australia from pre-Solidarity Poland as a 16-year-old, and he could not say a word of English—although he did tell me...”

Questions without Notice: Legal Aid (26 Mar 2015)

“Mr President, I ask a further supplementary question. Will the Attorney-General tell the Senate what further steps the government is taking to put legal assistance on a sustainable footing for the future?”

More of Brett Mason's recent appearances

Numbers

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  • Has spoken in 23 debates in the last year — well below average amongst Senators.
  • People have made 2 comments on this Senator's speeches — average amongst Senators.
  • 17 people are tracking whenever this Senator speaks.
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 318 times in debates — average amongst Senators. (Why is this here?)