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  • Australian Labor Party Senator for SA
  • Shadow Minister for Sport and Tourism (since 28 Jan 2021)
    Shadow Minister for the Arts (Senate) (since 10 Nov 2020)
    Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations (Senate) (since 10 Nov 2020)
    Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition (since 2 Jun 2019)
    Shadow Special Minister of State (since 6 Dec 2017)
  • Became a Senator on 1 July 2008 — Federal election
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Voting record (from They Vote For You)

How Don Farrell voted on key issues since 2006:

  • Voted almost always against same-sex marriage equality. votes
  • Voted generally for tobacco plain packaging. votes
  • Voted almost always for a carbon price. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing scrutiny of asylum seeker management. votes
  • Voted consistently against government administered paid parental leave. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing trade unions' powers in the workplace. votes
  • Voted generally for the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against implementing refugee and protection conventions. votes
  • Has never voted on recognising local government in the Constitution. votes
  • Voted consistently against temporary protection visas. votes
  • Voted generally against voluntary student union fees. votes
  • Voted generally against 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 against increasing marine conservation. votes
  • Voted generally for unconventional gas mining. votes
  • Voted consistently against restricting foreign ownership. votes
  • Voted generally for increasing investment in renewable energy. votes
  • Voted consistently for privatising government assets. votes
  • Voted generally against more scrutiny of intelligence services & police. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing Aboriginal land rights. votes
  • Voted generally for increasing funding for university education. votes
  • Voted consistently for decreasing the private health insurance rebate. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing the age pension. votes
  • Voted consistently against extending government benefits to same-sex couples. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing protection of Aboriginal heritage sites. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against live animal export. votes
  • Voted generally for carbon farming. votes
  • Voted generally for decreasing availability of welfare payments. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against re-approving/ re-registering agvet chemicals. votes
  • Voted generally for the Intervention in the Northern Territory. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing funding for road infrastructure. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing restrictions on gambling. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing beef import standards. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing fishing restrictions. votes
  • Voted consistently for encouraging Australian-based industry. votes
  • Voted generally for uranium export. votes
  • Voted almost always for increasing surveillance powers. votes
  • Voted generally for increasing consumer protections. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing access under Freedom of Information law. votes
  • Voted consistently for an NBN (using fibre to the premises). votes
  • Voted generally for offshore processing for people seeking asylum in Australia. votes
  • Voted generally for increasing freedom of political communication. votes
  • Voted almost always against requiring a warrant to access citizens’ telecommunications records. votes
  • Voted almost always against decreasing ABC and SBS funding. votes
  • Voted consistently against tighter means testing of family payments . votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing accessibility of government data and documents. votes
  • Voted generally against removing children from immigration detention. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against funding the national school chaplaincy program. votes
  • Voted generally against landholders' right to say no to mining and gas exploration. votes
  • Has never voted on building Australia’s new submarine fleet in South Australia. votes
  • Voted generally against protecting whales within Australian waters. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing the diversity of media ownership. votes
  • Voted generally for decreasing the gender pay gap. votes
  • Voted consistently against greater public scrutiny of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing transparency of the China-Australia relationship. votes
  • Voted consistently for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. votes
  • Voted consistently against requiring Parliamentary approval of military deployments. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against treating government action on climate change as a matter of urgency. votes
  • Voted almost always for increasing transparency of big business by making information public. votes
  • Has never voted on revoking citizenship of dual nationals involved with terrorism offences by the minister. votes
  • Voted generally against restricting donations to political parties. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against creating a federal Anti-Corruption Commission. votes
  • Voted almost always against withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. votes
  • Has never voted on using natural resource wealth for the benefit of all Australians. votes
  • Voted almost always for protecting whistleblowers. votes
  • Voted generally for a fast transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against stopping tax avoidance or aggressive tax minimisation. votes
  • Voted almost always for ending illegal logging. votes
  • Voted generally against protecting threatened forest and bushland habitats. votes
  • Voted consistently against a Royal Commission into banking. votes
  • Voted consistently against a review of parliamentary entitlements. votes
  • Voted consistently against the use of strong encryption technologies. votes
  • Voted almost always 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
  • Voted consistently for removing parallel import restrictions for books. votes
  • Voted consistently against local community consultation on infrastructure projects. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing funding for legal aid. votes
  • Has never voted on buffer zones around abortion clinics. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against 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 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
  • Voted consistently against high speed rail on the east coast. votes
  • Voted consistently for federal action on public housing. votes
  • Voted almost always for 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 generally against protecting the Great Barrier Reef. votes
  • Voted consistently against public transport. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing the price of tobacco. votes
  • Voted generally for a national redress scheme for institutional abuse survivors. votes
  • Has never voted on 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 against a same-sex marriage plebiscite. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing the initial tax rate for working holiday makers to 19%. votes
  • Voted consistently against an Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing scrutiny of unions. votes
  • Voted generally for Preventative Detention Orders (PDOs). votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing the passenger movement charge ('PMC'). votes
  • Voted almost always against more scrutiny of the Australian Defence Force. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing the initial tax rate for working holiday makers to 15%. votes
  • Voted generally for Continuing Detention Orders (CDOs). votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing investment in the coal industry. votes
  • Voted consistently 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 for doctor-initiated medical transfers for asylum seekers. votes
  • Voted consistently against getting rid of the Gold Travel Pass. votes
  • Voted consistently against changing the wording of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. votes
  • Voted consistently against getting rid of Sunday and public holiday penalty rates. votes
  • Voted consistently against reducing the corporate tax rate. votes
  • Voted generally against the Coalition's Youth Jobs PaTH. votes
  • Voted consistently against the Coalition's new schools funding policy ("Gonski 2.0"). votes
  • Voted consistently against 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 generally for increasing access to medicinal cannabis products. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against a Royal Commission into Violence and Abuse against People with Disability. votes
  • Voted consistently for criminalising "revenge porn". votes
  • Voted consistently for closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against maintaining or increasing defence spending. votes
  • Voted generally 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 consistently against equal treatment for all couples. votes
  • Voted consistently against privatising government services. votes
  • Voted generally against a review of our representatives' eligibility. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing federal government support for childcare. votes
  • Voted generally against government action on animal & plant extinctions. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against turning back asylum boats when possible. votes
  • Voted generally against civil celebrants having the right to refuse to marry same-sex couples. votes
  • Has never voted on universal access to abortion services. votes
  • Has never voted on expanding Medicare-funded dental care. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing the Newstart Allowance rate. votes
  • Voted consistently against an inquiry into the Iraq War. votes
  • Voted almost always for the Paris Climate Agreement. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing eligibility requirements for Australian citizenship. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against making more water from Murray-Darling Basin available to use. votes
  • Voted consistently against privatising the ABC. votes
  • Voted generally for targeting foreign interference in Australia. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing penalties for breach of data. votes
  • Voted generally for a declared area offence. votes
  • Voted consistently against 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
  • Voted almost always for increasing legal protections for LGBTI people. votes
  • Voted almost always against nuclear energy. votes
  • Has never voted on prioritising religious freedom. votes
  • Voted generally for increasing political transparency. votes
  • Has never voted on a travel ban on people from certain countries. votes
  • Has never voted on MacMines' proposed China Stone coal mine in the Galilee Basin. votes
  • Has never voted on a combined Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia. votes
  • Has never voted on political interference in research funding. votes
  • Voted generally for protecting Australian sovereignty in trade agreements. votes
  • Voted almost always against pill testing. votes
  • Has never voted on legalising pepper spray. votes
  • Voted almost always for increasing government support for the dairy industry. votes
  • Voted consistently against ending Governor-General allowances for serious misconduct. votes
  • Voted almost always for transgender rights. votes
  • Voted consistently against community right to say no to nuclear waste disposal sites. votes
  • Voted generally for Australia's timber industry. votes
  • Voted generally for reducing personal income tax. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against for increasing the Youth Allowance rate. votes
  • Has never voted on Temporary Exclusion Orders. votes
  • Has never voted on making the cashless debit card program voluntary. votes
  • Voted generally against banning new thermal coal mines. votes
  • Voted almost always for reducing air pollution. votes
  • Voted consistently against an independent NDIS assessment process. votes
  • Has never voted on investing in climate science. votes
  • Has never voted on building community climate change resilience. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against offshore oil mining. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing funding for vocational education. votes
  • Voted generally for increasing access to the JobKeeper Payment. votes
  • Voted generally for assisting the Arts sector through the coronavirus pandemic. votes
  • Voted consistently against mandatory minimum sentences for certain offences. votes
  • Voted consistently for paid parental leave equality for stay-at-home mums and dads. votes
  • Voted almost always for increasing funding for public schools. votes
  • Voted consistently for a Royal Commission into Robodebt. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing state and territory environmental approval powers. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing the cost of humanities degrees. votes
  • Voted almost always for the Murray Darling Basin Plan. votes
  • Voted consistently for assisting Australians trying to return from overseas. votes
  • Voted almost always for extending Jobkeeper Payment. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing protections for franchisees. votes
  • Voted generally for an independent inquiry into Attorney-General Christian Porter. votes
  • Voted consistently for a constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice in parliament. votes
  • Voted consistently for implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing support for the Australian film and TV industry. votes
  • Voted almost always for building dedicated quarantine facilities (COVID-19). votes
  • Voted almost always for treating the COVID vaccine rollout as a matter of urgency. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing workplace protections for women. votes
  • Voted consistently against putting welfare payments onto cashless debit cards (or indue cards) on an ongoing basis. votes

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RSS feed Most recent appearances in parliament

Bills: Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority Board and Other Improvements) Bill 2019; Second Reading (30 Nov 2021)

“Well, I repeated it, so that—”

Bills: Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority Board and Other Improvements) Bill 2019; Second Reading (30 Nov 2021)

“Yes. The relocation was turbulent and challenging, and it disrupted the efficiency and effectiveness of the APVMA. Basically, it's been eight long years from a tired government that should have done more for Australian farmers and regional communities. In conclusion, good regulation and good governance are essential when it comes to agvet chemicals. Again, Labor note the assurances from the...”

Bills: Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority Board and Other Improvements) Bill 2019; Second Reading (30 Nov 2021)

“No, I didn't. I said it twice. I'm sure Senator McMahon from the Northern Territory understands that I repeated it—don't you? She heard me, Mr Acting Deputy President. That's right, yes. Some people in the National Party do understand these things better than others. You wait and see, Senator McKenzie! Under this Prime Minister, there's been no action on climate change; the industry is...”

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Numbers

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  • Has spoken in 29 debates in the last year — well below average amongst Senators.
  • People have made 4 comments on this Senator's speeches — above average amongst Senators.
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  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 447 times in debates — above average amongst Senators. (Why is this here?)

Register of Interests (What's this?)

Don Farrell's latest interest statementPDFLast updated: 1 Dec 2021