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  • Former Liberal Democratic Party Senator for NSW
  • Became a Senator on 1 July 2014 — Federal election
  • Left Senate on 1 March 2019 — Resigned

Voting record (from They Vote For You)

How David Leyonhjelm voted on key issues since 2006:

  • Voted consistently for 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 consistently against increasing trade unions' powers in the workplace. votes
  • Voted generally against implementing refugee and protection conventions. votes
  • Voted consistently for temporary protection visas. votes
  • Voted consistently for voluntary student union fees. votes
  • Voted consistently against a minerals resource rent tax . votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing protection of Australia's fresh water. votes
  • Voted generally for regional processing of asylum seekers. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing marine conservation. votes
  • Voted consistently for unconventional gas mining. votes
  • Voted consistently against restricting foreign ownership. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing investment in renewable energy. votes
  • Voted consistently for privatising government assets. votes
  • Voted almost always for 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 generally against increasing protection of Aboriginal heritage sites. votes
  • Voted consistently for live animal export. votes
  • Voted consistently for decreasing availability of welfare payments. votes
  • Voted generally against an emissions reduction fund. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing funding for road infrastructure. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing restrictions on gambling. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing fishing restrictions. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against encouraging Australian-based industry. votes
  • Voted consistently for uranium export. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing surveillance powers. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing consumer protections. votes
  • Voted consistently against a federal inquiry into Queensland government administration. votes
  • Voted consistently for offshore processing for people seeking asylum in Australia. votes
  • Voted almost always for increasing freedom of political communication. votes
  • Voted consistently against storing all citizens' telecommunications data for access by government agencies. votes
  • Voted consistently for 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 consistently for deregulating undergraduate university fees. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing accessibility of government data and documents. votes
  • Voted consistently against removing children from immigration detention. votes
  • Voted consistently against landholders' right to say no to mining and gas exploration. votes
  • Voted almost always against building Australia’s new submarine fleet in South Australia. votes
  • Voted consistently for giving apprentices access to a $20,000 loan. votes
  • Voted consistently against 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
  • Voted consistently for increasing indexation of HECS-HELP debts. votes
  • Voted consistently for charging postgraduate research students fees. votes
  • Has never voted on decreasing the gender pay gap. votes
  • Voted consistently against greater public scrutiny of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing transparency of the China-Australia relationship. votes
  • Voted consistently for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. votes
  • Voted consistently for requiring Parliamentary approval of military deployments. votes
  • Voted generally against treating government action on climate change as a matter of urgency. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing transparency of big business by making information public. votes
  • Voted consistently for making Australians working overseas repay their student debts. votes
  • Voted consistently against letting environmental groups challenge the legality of certain government decisions. votes
  • Voted consistently against revoking citizenship of dual nationals involved with terrorism offences by the minister. votes
  • Voted consistently against restricting donations to political parties. votes
  • Voted consistently against creating a federal Anti-Corruption Commission. votes
  • Voted consistently against Senate electoral reform. votes
  • Voted almost always for protecting whistleblowers. votes
  • Voted generally 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 generally against protecting threatened forest and bushland habitats. votes
  • Voted almost always against a Royal Commission into banking. votes
  • Voted consistently for the use of strong encryption technologies. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing parliamentary entitlements for current MPs and Senators. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing the foreign aid budget to 0.7% of Gross National Income. votes
  • Voted consistently against maintaining or increasing CSIRO funding. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing funding for legal aid. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against buffer zones around abortion clinics. votes
  • Voted consistently for putting welfare payments onto cashless debit cards (or indue cards) on a temporary basis as a trial. votes
  • Voted consistently against 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
  • Voted consistently against federal action on public housing. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing housing affordability. votes
  • Voted generally against ending immigration detention on Nauru. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against imprisoning immigration detention workers who record or reveal information from their work. votes
  • Voted consistently against putting a time limit on immigration detention. votes
  • Voted almost always against ending immigration detention on Manus Island. votes
  • Voted consistently against protecting the Great Barrier Reef. votes
  • Voted consistently against public transport. 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
  • Voted generally against the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). votes
  • Voted consistently for 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
  • Voted consistently for an Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing scrutiny of unions. votes
  • Voted consistently against Preventative Detention Orders (PDOs). votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing the passenger movement charge ('PMC'). votes
  • Voted almost always for more scrutiny of the Australian Defence Force. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing the initial tax rate for working holiday makers to 15%. votes
  • Voted consistently against Continuing Detention Orders (CDOs). votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing investment in the coal industry. votes
  • Voted consistently for a Free Trade Agreement with China. votes
  • Voted almost always 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 consistently 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 against the Coalition's Youth Jobs PaTH. votes
  • Voted generally for 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 for making sanitary items GST-free. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing access to medicinal cannabis products. votes
  • Voted consistently against 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 consistently against refugee family reunification. votes
  • Voted consistently for privatising government services. votes
  • Voted consistently against a review of our representatives' eligibility. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and 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 consistently for civil celebrants having the right to refuse to marry same-sex couples. votes
  • Voted consistently for universal access to abortion services. votes
  • Voted consistently against expanding Medicare-funded dental care. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing the Newstart Allowance rate. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against an inquiry into the Iraq War. votes
  • Voted almost always against the Paris Climate Agreement. votes
  • Voted consistently for making more water from Murray-Darling Basin available to use. votes
  • Voted almost always for privatising the ABC. votes
  • Voted almost always against targeting foreign interference in Australia. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing penalties for breach of data. votes
  • Voted consistently against a declared area offence. votes
  • Voted consistently for legalising euthanasia. votes
  • Voted consistently 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 generally for prioritising religious freedom. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing political transparency. votes
  • Voted consistently against 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 consistently against protecting Australian sovereignty in trade agreements. votes
  • Voted consistently for pill testing. votes
  • Voted consistently for legalising pepper spray. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing government support for the dairy industry. votes
  • Voted consistently against transgender rights. votes
  • Voted consistently against community right to say no to nuclear waste disposal sites. votes
  • Voted consistently for Australia's timber industry. votes
  • Voted consistently against for increasing the Youth Allowance rate. votes
  • Voted consistently against reducing air pollution. votes
  • Voted consistently against investing in climate science. votes
  • Voted consistently for offshore oil mining. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing funding for public schools. votes
  • Voted consistently against a constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice in parliament. votes

Read about how the voting record is decided.

RSS feed Most recent appearances in parliament

Adjournment: Coalition Government (14 Feb 2019)

“I'm leaving the Senate because I seek to represent the Liberal Democrats for many years to come in the New South Wales parliament. In this, my very final speech in the Senate, I want to remind listeners that whilst our excessive government continues to do great harm, Australians still have much to celebrate. Let me outline some examples. The government's ban on low-paid work, euphemistically...”

Parliamentary Representation: Valedictory (13 Feb 2019)

“I suspect valedictory speeches are a bit like arguing with your wife: you feel it's important to have the last word! There is also the humbling thought that, if you don't sing your own praises, nobody else will. I've already given three speeches setting out what I regard as my achievements in this place. It's not a short list and I don't plan to go over it again. However, I do want to mention...”

Motions: Prevention of Violence Against Women (13 Feb 2019)

“I move: That the Senate— (a) notes: (i) recent violent crimes against numerous women, (ii) that blame for these crimes rests with the perpetrators, not the victims, (iii) that, despite all policy efforts and wishful thinking, there will always be some individual men in our community intent on violence against women, (iv) that the first duty of government is to protect citizens from...”

More of David Leyonhjelm's recent appearances

Numbers

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  • Has spoken in 108 debates in the last year — above average amongst Senators.
  • People have made 3 comments on this Senator's speeches — above average amongst Senators.
  • 10 people are tracking whenever this Senator speaks.
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 293 times in debates — average amongst Senators. (Why is this here?)