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  • Former United Australia Party Senator for NSW
  • Changed party from Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party on 18 Jun 2018
  • Became a Senator on 1 July 2016 — Changed party
  • Left Senate on 1 July 2019 — unknown

Voting record (from They Vote For You)

How Brian Burston voted on key issues since 2006:

  • Voted consistently against same-sex marriage equality. votes
  • Has never voted on tobacco plain packaging. votes
  • Has never voted on a carbon price. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing scrutiny of asylum seeker management. votes
  • Voted consistently against implementing refugee and protection conventions. votes
  • Voted consistently for voluntary student union fees. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing protection of Australia's fresh water. votes
  • Voted consistently for regional processing of asylum seekers. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing marine conservation. votes
  • Voted generally for unconventional gas mining. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing investment in renewable energy. votes
  • Voted consistently for privatising government assets. votes
  • Voted generally against more scrutiny of intelligence services & police. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing Aboriginal land rights. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing funding for university education. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing protection of Aboriginal heritage sites. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against live animal export. votes
  • Voted consistently for decreasing availability of welfare payments. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing restrictions on gambling. votes
  • Voted almost always for increasing fishing restrictions. votes
  • Voted almost always for encouraging Australian-based industry. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing surveillance powers. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing consumer protections. votes
  • Voted consistently for offshore processing for people seeking asylum in Australia. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing freedom of political communication. votes
  • Has never voted on requiring a warrant to access citizens’ telecommunications records. votes
  • Voted almost always for decreasing ABC and SBS funding. votes
  • Voted consistently for tighter means testing of family payments . votes
  • Voted generally against increasing accessibility of government data and documents. votes
  • Voted generally against removing children from immigration detention. votes
  • Has never voted on landholders' right to say no to mining and gas exploration. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against protecting whales within Australian waters. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing the diversity of media ownership. votes
  • Has never voted on decreasing the gender pay gap. votes
  • Voted almost always for increasing transparency of the China-Australia relationship. votes
  • Has never voted on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. votes
  • Voted generally against treating government action on climate change as a matter of urgency. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing transparency of big business by making information public. votes
  • Voted almost always against restricting donations to political parties. votes
  • Voted generally against creating a federal Anti-Corruption Commission. votes
  • Voted almost always against a fast transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. votes
  • Voted consistently for ending illegal logging. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against protecting threatened forest and bushland habitats. votes
  • Has never voted on a Royal Commission into banking. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against the use of strong encryption technologies. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing parliamentary entitlements for current MPs and Senators. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing the foreign aid budget to 0.7% of Gross National Income. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing funding for legal aid. votes
  • Has never voted on buffer zones around abortion clinics. votes
  • Voted generally for putting welfare payments onto cashless debit cards (or indue cards) on a temporary basis as a trial. votes
  • Voted generally for 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
  • Voted almost always against federal action on public housing. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing housing affordability. votes
  • Voted consistently against ending immigration detention on Nauru. votes
  • Voted consistently for imprisoning immigration detention workers who record or reveal information from their work. votes
  • Voted consistently against ending immigration detention on Manus Island. votes
  • Voted consistently for protecting the Great Barrier Reef. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing the price of tobacco. votes
  • Voted consistently against a national redress scheme for institutional abuse survivors. votes
  • Voted consistently against strengthening gun control laws. votes
  • Has never voted on the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). votes
  • Voted generally against protecting citizens' privacy. votes
  • Voted consistently for a same-sex marriage plebiscite. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing the initial tax rate for working holiday makers to 19%. votes
  • Has never voted on Preventative Detention Orders (PDOs). votes
  • Voted generally for increasing the passenger movement charge ('PMC'). votes
  • Voted consistently against more scrutiny of the Australian Defence Force. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing the initial tax rate for working holiday makers to 15%. votes
  • Voted generally for Continuing Detention Orders (CDOs). votes
  • Voted almost always for increasing investment in the coal industry. votes
  • Voted consistently against changing the date of Australia Day. votes
  • Voted consistently against doctor-initiated medical transfers for asylum seekers. votes
  • Voted consistently for getting rid of the Gold Travel Pass. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against changing the wording of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. votes
  • Voted generally against getting rid of Sunday and public holiday penalty rates. votes
  • Voted consistently against reducing the corporate tax rate. votes
  • Voted consistently for the Coalition's Youth Jobs PaTH. votes
  • Has never voted on the Coalition's new schools funding policy ("Gonski 2.0"). votes
  • Voted consistently for technology neutral emission reduction targets. votes
  • Voted consistently against requiring every native title claimant to sign land use agreements. votes
  • Voted consistently for giving approval for mining in the Liverpool Plains. votes
  • Voted consistently against making sanitary items GST-free. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing access to medicinal cannabis products. votes
  • Voted consistently for a Royal Commission into Violence and Abuse against People with Disability. votes
  • Voted almost always against criminalising "revenge porn". votes
  • Voted consistently for maintaining or increasing defence spending. votes
  • Voted almost always for Adani's proposed Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin. votes
  • Voted consistently for drug testing welfare recipients. votes
  • Voted almost always for privatising government services. votes
  • Voted consistently for a review of our representatives' eligibility. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing federal government support for childcare. votes
  • Voted generally for government action on animal & plant extinctions. votes
  • Voted consistently for turning back asylum boats when possible. votes
  • Voted almost always for civil celebrants having the right to refuse to marry same-sex couples. votes
  • Has never voted on universal access to abortion services. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against expanding Medicare-funded dental care. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing the Newstart Allowance rate. votes
  • Voted consistently against an inquiry into the Iraq War. votes
  • Voted almost always against the Paris Climate Agreement. votes
  • Voted generally for making more water from Murray-Darling Basin available to use. votes
  • Has never voted on privatising the ABC. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against targeting foreign interference in Australia. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing penalties for breach of data. votes
  • Has never voted on a declared area offence. votes
  • Has never voted on legalising euthanasia. votes
  • Has never voted on stopping former ministers from taking lobbying positions within five years. votes
  • Has never voted on promoting multiculturalism. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing legal protections for LGBTI people. votes
  • Has never voted on nuclear energy. votes
  • Has never voted on prioritising religious freedom. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing political transparency. votes
  • Voted consistently for a travel ban on people from certain countries. votes
  • Voted consistently for MacMines' proposed China Stone coal mine in the Galilee Basin. votes
  • Voted generally for political interference in research funding. votes
  • Has never voted on protecting Australian sovereignty in trade agreements. votes
  • Voted almost always against pill testing. votes
  • Voted almost always for legalising pepper spray. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing government support for the dairy industry. votes
  • Has never voted on ending Governor-General allowances for serious misconduct. votes
  • Has never voted on transgender rights. votes
  • Has never voted on community right to say no to nuclear waste disposal sites. votes
  • Voted almost always against for increasing the Youth Allowance rate. votes
  • Has never voted on reducing air pollution. votes
  • Voted consistently against investing in climate science. votes
  • Has never voted on offshore oil mining. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing funding for public schools. votes
  • Has never voted on a constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice in parliament. votes

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Motions: Anning, Senator Fraser; Censure (3 Apr 2019)

“No. For the record, I think it should be noted that One Nation abstained from that vote.”

Statement by the President: Members of Parliament: Staff (14 Feb 2019)

“I seek leave to make a short statement. Leave is granted. Whilst I do not recall the incident of blood on the door, I now have come to the conclusion that it was myself, and I sincerely apologise for that action.”

Questions without Notice: National Security (14 Feb 2019)

“Have the King & Wood Mallesons lawyers breached the laws and rules for lawyers operating in Australian courts, and, if so, how can Australians be sure their confidential information is not being accessed by Chinese partners of King & Wood Mallesons?”

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  • Has spoken in 24 debates in the last year — well below average amongst Senators.
  • People have made 0 comments on this Senator's speeches — average amongst Senators.
  • 1 person is tracking whenever this Senator speaks.
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 42 times in debates — well below average amongst Senators. (Why is this here?)