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Helen Coonan, former Senator

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  • Former Liberal Party Senator for NSW
  • Became a Senator on 1 July 1996 — Federal election
  • Left Senate on 22 August 2011 — Resigned

Voting record (from They Vote For You)

How Helen Coonan voted on key issues since 2006:

  • Voted a mixture of for and against same-sex marriage equality. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing scrutiny of asylum seeker management. votes
  • Voted consistently for government administered paid parental leave. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing trade unions' powers in the workplace. votes
  • Voted generally 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 voluntary student union fees. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing protection of Australia's fresh water. votes
  • Has never voted on regional processing of asylum seekers. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing marine conservation. votes
  • Voted almost always against restricting foreign ownership. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing investment in renewable energy. votes
  • Voted generally for privatising government assets. votes
  • Has never voted on stem cell research. votes
  • Voted generally for more scrutiny of intelligence services & police. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing Aboriginal land rights. votes
  • Voted almost always 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
  • Has never voted on increasing protection of Aboriginal heritage sites. votes
  • Voted almost always for increasing availability of abortion drugs. votes
  • Has never voted on live animal export. votes
  • Has never voted on carbon farming. votes
  • Voted generally for the Intervention in the Northern Territory. votes
  • Voted almost always for increasing beef import standards. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing fishing restrictions. votes
  • Has never voted on encouraging Australian-based industry. votes
  • Voted generally for uranium export. votes
  • Voted almost always for increasing surveillance powers. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing consumer protections. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing access under Freedom of Information law. votes
  • Voted consistently against an NBN (using fibre to the premises). votes
  • Has never voted on offshore processing for people seeking asylum in Australia. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing freedom of political communication. votes
  • Has never voted on requiring a warrant to access citizens’ telecommunications records. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing accessibility of government data and documents. votes
  • Has never voted on removing children from immigration detention. votes
  • Voted consistently for funding the national school chaplaincy program. votes
  • Has never voted on protecting whales within Australian waters. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing the diversity of media ownership. votes
  • Has never voted on decreasing the gender pay gap. votes
  • Voted almost always against treating government action on climate change as a matter of urgency. 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
  • Has never voted on creating a federal Anti-Corruption Commission. votes
  • Has never voted on 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
  • Voted generally against protecting threatened forest and bushland habitats. votes
  • Voted generally against a review of parliamentary entitlements. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and 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 for removing parallel import restrictions for books. votes
  • Has never voted on local community consultation on infrastructure projects. votes
  • Has never voted on maintaining or increasing CSIRO funding. votes
  • Voted generally against speeding things along in Parliament (procedural). votes
  • Voted consistently for suspending the rules to allow a vote to happen (procedural). votes
  • Has never voted on high speed rail on the east coast. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing housing affordability. votes
  • Has never voted on protecting the Great Barrier Reef. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against public transport. votes
  • Has never voted on protecting citizens' privacy. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing investment in the coal industry. votes
  • Has never voted on banning all investment in cluster munitions. votes
  • Has never voted on closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. votes
  • Voted generally against 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 against government action on animal & plant extinctions. votes
  • Has never voted on making more water from Murray-Darling Basin available to use. votes
  • Has never voted on promoting multiculturalism. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing political transparency. votes
  • Voted almost always for 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 almost always against implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. votes

Read about how the voting record is decided.

Most recent appearances in parliament

Parliamentary Representation: Valedictories (22 Aug 2011)

“I thank all senators for their courtesy and their graciousness. I certainly wish the Senate all the very best in the important deliberations that will be before all of you. As I said before, it is with great regret that I made my decision, but I do thank the Senate very much and wish everybody very well for the future.”

Matters of Public Importance: Gillard Government (22 Aug 2011)

“The time for the discussion has expired.”

Matters of Public Importance: Gillard Government (22 Aug 2011)

“We will now return to the matter of public importance.”

More of Helen Coonan's recent appearances

Numbers

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  • Has spoken in 14 debates in the last year — well below average amongst Senators.
  • People have made 2 comments on this Senator's speeches — above average amongst Senators.
  • 8 people are tracking whenever this Senator speaks.
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 407 times in debates — well above average amongst Senators. (Why is this here?)