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- Australian Labor Party Representative for Bean
- Former Australian Labor Party Senator for ACT
- Entered the Senate on 23 May 2018 — Federal election
- Entered House of Representatives on 18 May 2019 — Federal election
- Left Senate on 11 April 2019 — Resigned
- Email me whenever David Smith speaks (no more than once per day)
Voting record (from They Vote For You)
How David Smith voted on key issues since 2006:
- Voted very strongly for tobacco plain packaging. votes
- Voted very strongly against a carbon price. votes
- Voted strongly for increasing scrutiny of asylum seeker management. votes
- Voted very strongly for implementing refugee and protection conventions. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against increasing protection of Australia's fresh water. votes
- Voted moderately for increasing marine conservation. votes
- Voted very strongly for unconventional gas mining. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against increasing investment in renewable energy. votes
- Voted very strongly against more scrutiny of intelligence services & police. votes
- Voted very strongly for increasing funding for university education. votes
- Voted very strongly against live animal exports. votes
- Voted strongly for decreasing availability of welfare payments. votes
- Voted very strongly against increasing restrictions on gambling. votes
- Voted very strongly for increasing fishing restrictions. votes
- Voted very strongly for encouraging Australian-based industry. votes
- Voted very strongly for increasing surveillance powers. votes
- Voted very strongly for increasing consumer protections. votes
- Voted moderately against increasing freedom of political communication. votes
- Voted moderately against decreasing ABC and SBS funding. votes
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- Never rebels against their party in this parliament.
- Bills: Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2019-2020, Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2019-2020, Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2019-2020; Second Reading (11 Sep 2019)
“I rise to also speak in support of the appropriations bills. As other members in this chamber have noted, since 1975, Labor has taken a principled position in terms of supply. Governments are entitled to supply and to function effectively with distribution of revenue. Within that frame I note that these bills do include some expenditure that is supported by the opposition. In an era where...”
- Constituency Statements: 2019 International Va'a Federation World Distance Championships (10 Sep 2019)
“Today I'd like to again draw the attention of this Chamber to an all-too-forgotten part of my electorate, a piece of Bean all the way out in the Pacific: Norfolk Island. However, more specifically I'd like to acknowledge and congratulate the remarkable achievements of a young woman by the name of Ada Nebauer. Ada is the Australian Outrigger Canoe Racing Association under 16 girls national...”
- Governor-General's Speech: Address-in-Reply (1 Aug 2019)
“Let me begin by acknowledging that we meet on the most beautiful land of the Ngunawal and Ngambri people; a land I grew up on and know intimately. I pay my respects to the wise and caring elders past, present and emerging. In my time here, I will work tirelessly to ensure that this House does not simply acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians but that it actively...”
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- Has spoken in 3 debates in the last year — well below average amongst Representatives.
- Has spoken in 11 debates in the last year — well below average amongst Senators.
- People have made 0 comments on this Representative's speeches — average amongst Representatives.
- People have made 0 comments on this Senator's speeches — average amongst Senators.
- This Representative's speeches are understandable to an average 17–18 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
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- Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 3 times in debates — well below average amongst Representatives. (Why is this here?)
- Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 11 times in debates — well below average amongst Senators. (Why is this here?)