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  • Former Australian Conservatives Senator for SA
  • Changed party from Liberal Party on 7 Feb 2017
  • Became a Senator on 4 May 2006 — unknown
  • Left Senate on 20 January 2020 — Resigned

Voting record (from They Vote For You)

How Cory Bernardi 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 almost always 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 consistently 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 consistently against a minerals resource rent tax . votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing protection of Australia's fresh water. votes
  • Voted generally for regional processing of asylum seekers. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing marine conservation. votes
  • Voted almost always for unconventional gas mining. votes
  • Voted consistently against restricting foreign ownership. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing investment in renewable energy. votes
  • Voted consistently for privatising government assets. votes
  • Voted consistently against stem cell research. votes
  • Voted generally 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 almost always against increasing protection of Aboriginal heritage sites. votes
  • Voted generally for live animal export. votes
  • Voted generally against carbon farming. votes
  • Voted generally for 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 consistently for increasing funding for road infrastructure. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing restrictions on gambling. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing beef import standards. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing fishing restrictions. votes
  • Voted almost always against encouraging Australian-based industry. votes
  • Voted consistently for uranium export. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing surveillance powers. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing consumer protections. votes
  • Voted generally against 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
  • Voted generally for 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 generally against requiring a warrant to access citizens’ telecommunications records. votes
  • Voted consistently for decreasing ABC and SBS funding. votes
  • Voted generally for tighter means testing of family payments . votes
  • Voted consistently 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 consistently for funding the national school chaplaincy program. votes
  • Voted almost always against landholders' right to say no to mining and gas exploration. votes
  • Voted consistently against building Australia’s new submarine fleet in South Australia. votes
  • Voted consistently for giving apprentices access to a $20,000 loan. votes
  • Voted generally against protecting whales within Australian waters. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing the diversity of media ownership. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing support for community radio and TV. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing indexation of HECS-HELP debts. votes
  • Voted consistently for charging postgraduate research students fees. votes
  • Voted consistently against decreasing the gender pay gap. votes
  • Voted almost always against greater public scrutiny of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing transparency of the China-Australia relationship. votes
  • Voted generally for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. votes
  • Voted consistently against requiring Parliamentary approval of military deployments. votes
  • Voted generally against treating government action on climate change as a matter of urgency. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing transparency of big business by making information public. votes
  • Has never voted on making Australians working overseas repay their student debts. votes
  • Voted consistently against letting environmental groups challenge the legality of certain government decisions. votes
  • Has never voted on revoking citizenship of dual nationals involved with terrorism offences by the minister. votes
  • Voted almost always against restricting donations to political parties. votes
  • Voted almost always against creating a federal Anti-Corruption Commission. votes
  • Voted almost always against withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. votes
  • Voted consistently against using natural resource wealth for the benefit of all Australians. votes
  • Voted generally for Senate electoral reform. votes
  • Voted generally against protecting whistleblowers. votes
  • Voted almost always against a fast transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. votes
  • Voted generally against stopping tax avoidance or aggressive tax minimisation. votes
  • Voted consistently against ending illegal logging. votes
  • Voted almost always against protecting threatened forest and bushland habitats. votes
  • Voted generally against a Royal Commission into banking. votes
  • Voted generally against a review of parliamentary entitlements. votes
  • Voted generally against the use of strong encryption technologies. votes
  • Voted generally for increasing parliamentary entitlements for current MPs and Senators. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing the foreign aid budget to 0.7% of Gross National Income. votes
  • Voted consistently for removing parallel import restrictions for books. votes
  • Voted consistently against local community consultation on infrastructure projects. votes
  • Voted consistently against maintaining or increasing CSIRO funding. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing funding for legal aid. votes
  • Voted consistently against buffer zones around abortion clinics. votes
  • Voted almost always for putting welfare payments onto cashless debit cards (or indue cards) on a temporary basis as a trial. votes
  • Voted generally for a publicly accessible foreign ownership register for agricultural land. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and 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 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 generally against putting a time limit on immigration detention. votes
  • Voted generally against ending immigration detention on Manus Island. votes
  • Voted consistently against protecting the Great Barrier Reef. votes
  • Voted almost always against public transport. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing the price of tobacco. votes
  • Has never voted on a national redress scheme for institutional abuse survivors. votes
  • Has never voted on strengthening gun control laws. votes
  • Voted generally against the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against protecting citizens' privacy. votes
  • Has never voted on a same-sex marriage plebiscite. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing the initial tax rate for working holiday makers to 19%. votes
  • Voted consistently for an Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). votes
  • Voted generally for increasing scrutiny of unions. votes
  • Has never voted on Preventative Detention Orders (PDOs). votes
  • Has never voted on increasing the passenger movement charge ('PMC'). votes
  • Voted almost always against more scrutiny of the Australian Defence Force. votes
  • Has never voted on 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 generally for a Free Trade Agreement with China. votes
  • Voted consistently against banning all investment in cluster munitions. votes
  • Voted generally against changing the date of Australia Day. votes
  • Voted almost always against doctor-initiated medical transfers for asylum seekers. votes
  • Voted consistently for getting rid of the Gold Travel Pass. votes
  • Voted generally for changing the wording of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. votes
  • Voted consistently for getting rid of Sunday and public holiday penalty rates. votes
  • Voted consistently for reducing the corporate tax rate. votes
  • Voted consistently for the Coalition's Youth Jobs PaTH. votes
  • Voted almost always against the Coalition's new schools funding policy ("Gonski 2.0"). votes
  • Has never voted on technology neutral emission reduction targets. votes
  • Voted consistently against requiring every native title claimant to sign land use agreements. votes
  • Voted generally for giving approval for mining in the Liverpool Plains. votes
  • Voted consistently against making sanitary items GST-free. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing access to medicinal cannabis products. votes
  • Voted generally against a Royal Commission into Violence and Abuse against People with Disability. votes
  • Voted almost always against criminalising "revenge porn". votes
  • Voted consistently against closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. 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 a mixture of for and against drug testing welfare recipients. votes
  • Voted generally against equal treatment for all couples. votes
  • Voted generally against refugee family reunification. votes
  • Voted consistently for a citizenship test. votes
  • Voted almost always for privatising government services. votes
  • Voted generally for a review of our representatives' eligibility. votes
  • Voted generally 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 generally for civil celebrants having the right to refuse to marry same-sex couples. votes
  • Voted consistently against universal access to abortion services. votes
  • Voted almost always against expanding Medicare-funded dental care. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing the Newstart Allowance rate. votes
  • Voted almost always against an inquiry into the Iraq War. votes
  • Voted consistently against the Paris Climate Agreement. votes
  • Voted generally for making more water from Murray-Darling Basin available to use. votes
  • Voted consistently for privatising the ABC. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against targeting foreign interference in Australia. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing penalties for breach of data. votes
  • Voted almost always for a declared area offence. votes
  • Voted consistently against legalising euthanasia. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against stopping former ministers from taking lobbying positions within five years. votes
  • Voted consistently against promoting multiculturalism. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing legal protections for LGBTI people. votes
  • Voted consistently for nuclear energy. votes
  • Voted consistently for prioritising religious freedom. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing political transparency. votes
  • Has never voted on a travel ban on people from certain countries. votes
  • Voted consistently for MacMines' proposed China Stone coal mine in the Galilee Basin. votes
  • Voted consistently for political interference in research funding. votes
  • Voted generally against protecting Australian sovereignty in trade agreements. votes
  • Voted almost always against pill testing. votes
  • Voted almost always for legalising pepper spray. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing government support for the dairy industry. votes
  • Has never voted on ending Governor-General allowances for serious misconduct. votes
  • Voted consistently against transgender rights. votes
  • Voted almost always against community right to say no to nuclear waste disposal sites. votes
  • Voted consistently for Australia's timber industry. votes
  • Has never voted on reducing personal income tax. votes
  • Voted consistently for for increasing the Youth Allowance rate. votes
  • Voted consistently for Temporary Exclusion Orders. votes
  • Voted consistently against making the cashless debit card program voluntary. votes
  • Has never voted on banning new thermal coal mines. votes
  • Voted consistently against reducing air pollution. votes
  • Voted consistently against investing in climate science. votes
  • Voted consistently against building community climate change resilience. votes
  • Voted consistently for offshore oil mining. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing funding for vocational education. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing funding for public schools. votes
  • Voted consistently against a constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice in parliament. votes
  • Voted generally for implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. votes

Read about how the voting record is decided.

RSS feed Most recent appearances in parliament

Parliamentary Representation: Valedictory (4 Dec 2019)

“A month or so ago I turned 50 and my mother gave me my secondary school reports. To be frank, reading them only highlighted just how incredible it is that I am actually a senator at all. The teachers' comments were basically code for 'Your son is an opinionated pain in the backside.' Not much has changed, some might think. It was clear that I was a rebel of sorts, albeit I didn't have much of...”

Questions without Notice: Socialism (4 Dec 2019)

“This is a very specific question, so I ask the minister to be directly relevant to it. Is the minister aware of any senator who stands approximately six feet five inches tall and has devoted their political career to rallying against socialism and Marxism? If so, what would he say to that senator right now?”

Questions without Notice: Socialism (4 Dec 2019)

“I note the minister mentioned socialism, and I remind him that socialism's close comrade is Marxism, which, paradoxically, uses divisive identity politics as a means to reduce social cohesion and to overthrow capitalism. Minister, what is the government doing to save Australians from the Marxist agenda?”

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  • Has spoken in 64 debates in the last year — above average amongst Senators.
  • People have made 6 comments on this Senator's speeches — well above average amongst Senators.
  • 22 people are tracking whenever this Senator speaks.
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 628 times in debates — well above average amongst Senators. (Why is this here?)