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Chris Evans, former Senator

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  • Former Australian Labor Party Senator for WA
  • Became a Senator on 1 July 1993 — Federal election
  • Left Senate on 12 April 2013 — Resigned

Voting record (from They Vote For You)

How Chris Evans voted on key issues since 2006:

  • Voted a mixture of for and against same-sex marriage equality. votes
  • Voted consistently for tobacco plain packaging. votes
  • Voted almost always for a carbon price. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing scrutiny of asylum seeker management. votes
  • Has never voted on government administered paid parental leave. votes
  • Voted almost always for increasing trade unions' powers in the workplace. votes
  • Voted generally for the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. votes
  • Voted almost always against implementing refugee and protection conventions. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing competition in bulk wheat export. votes
  • Voted consistently for recognising local government in the Constitution. votes
  • Voted consistently against temporary protection visas. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against voluntary student union fees. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing or removing the Government debt limit. votes
  • Voted consistently for a minerals resource rent tax . votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing protection of Australia's fresh water. votes
  • Voted generally for regional processing of asylum seekers. votes
  • Voted generally for increasing marine conservation. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against unconventional gas mining. votes
  • Has never voted on restricting foreign ownership. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing investment in renewable energy. votes
  • Voted generally against privatising government assets. votes
  • Voted consistently for stem cell research. votes
  • Voted generally against more scrutiny of intelligence services & police. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing Aboriginal land rights. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing funding for university education. votes
  • Voted generally for decreasing the private health insurance rebate. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing the age pension. votes
  • Voted generally for extending government benefits to same-sex couples. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing protection of Aboriginal heritage sites. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing availability of abortion drugs. votes
  • Has never voted on live animal export. votes
  • Has never voted on carbon farming. votes
  • Voted almost always for the Intervention in the Northern Territory. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing restrictions on gambling. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing beef import standards. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing fishing restrictions. votes
  • Voted consistently for encouraging Australian-based industry. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against uranium export. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing surveillance powers. votes
  • Voted generally for increasing consumer protections. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing access under Freedom of Information law. votes
  • Has never voted on an NBN (using fibre to the premises). votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against offshore processing for people seeking asylum in Australia. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing freedom of political communication. votes
  • Voted consistently against requiring a warrant to access citizens’ telecommunications records. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing accessibility of government data and documents. votes
  • Has never voted on removing children from immigration detention. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against funding the national school chaplaincy program. votes
  • Voted consistently against protecting whales within Australian waters. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing the diversity of media ownership. votes
  • Voted consistently for decreasing the gender pay gap. votes
  • Has never voted on greater public scrutiny of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. votes
  • Voted consistently against requiring Parliamentary approval of military deployments. votes
  • Voted almost always against treating government action on climate change as a matter of urgency. votes
  • Has never voted on revoking citizenship of dual nationals involved with terrorism offences by the minister. votes
  • Voted generally for 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 almost always against protecting whistleblowers. votes
  • Has never voted on a fast transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. votes
  • Has never voted on stopping tax avoidance or aggressive tax minimisation. votes
  • Has never voted on ending illegal logging. votes
  • Has never voted on protecting threatened forest and bushland habitats. votes
  • Voted generally against a review of parliamentary entitlements. votes
  • Voted generally for 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 for local community consultation on infrastructure projects. votes
  • Has never voted on maintaining or increasing CSIRO funding. votes
  • Has never voted on a publicly accessible foreign ownership register for agricultural land. votes
  • Voted generally for speeding things along in Parliament (procedural). votes
  • Voted generally 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 increasing housing affordability. votes
  • Voted consistently against ending immigration detention on Nauru. votes
  • Voted generally against putting a time limit on immigration detention. votes
  • Voted generally against ending immigration detention on Manus Island. votes
  • Has never voted on protecting the Great Barrier Reef. votes
  • Voted consistently against public transport. votes
  • Has never voted on strengthening gun control laws. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against protecting citizens' privacy. votes
  • Has never voted on an Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). votes
  • Has never voted on increasing scrutiny of unions. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing investment in the coal industry. votes
  • Has never voted on banning all investment in cluster munitions. votes
  • Voted consistently against closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. votes
  • Has never voted on equal treatment for all couples. votes
  • Has never voted on a citizenship test. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing federal government support for childcare. votes
  • Voted almost always for government action on animal & plant extinctions. votes
  • Voted consistently against turning back asylum boats when possible. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing the Newstart Allowance rate. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against making more water from Murray-Darling Basin available to use. votes
  • Voted consistently for promoting multiculturalism. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing political transparency. votes
  • Has never voted on Australia's timber industry. votes
  • Voted consistently against for increasing the Youth Allowance rate. votes
  • Has never voted on investing in climate science. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against 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 (21 Mar 2013)

“Yes, I could have dyed it.”

Parliamentary Representation: Valedictory (21 Mar 2013)

“by leave—As you are aware, I announced when I resigned from the ministry that I would leave the Senate fairly shortly after that. As this will be my last day in the parliament—I will resign in the next few weeks—and this is my last day in the Senate, I thought I might take the opportunity to make a few remarks. I have never been one for valedictories. I have always called...”

Parliamentary Representation: Valedictory (21 Mar 2013)

“Or, like some of my colleagues, maybe wear a bit of make-up when they do their interviews. Anyway, I won't go there. I just wanted to firstly make the very strong point of what an enormous privilege it has been to serve in the Senate, and the tremendous opportunities that have been afforded me as a migrant to this country—as the son of a temporary migrant worker who settled in this...”

More of Chris Evans's recent appearances

Numbers

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  • Has spoken in 88 debates in the last year — well above average amongst Senators.
  • People have made 6 comments on this Senator's speeches — well above average amongst Senators.
  • 18 people are tracking whenever this Senator speaks.
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 1362 times in debates — well above average amongst Senators. (Why is this here?)