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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. votes
  • Voted strongly against increasing scrutiny of asylum seeker management. votes
  • Voted very strongly for government administered paid parental leave. votes
  • Voted very strongly against increasing trade unions' powers in the workplace. votes
  • Voted moderately against the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. votes
  • Voted strongly against implementing refugee and protection conventions. votes
  • Voted very strongly for increasing competition in bulk wheat export. votes
  • Voted very strongly against recognising local government in the Constitution. votes
  • Voted very strongly 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 strongly against increasing marine conservation. votes
  • Voted strongly against restricting foreign ownership. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing investment in renewable energy. votes
  • Voted moderately for privatising government assets. votes
  • Has never voted on stem cell research. votes
  • Voted moderately for more scrutiny of intelligence services & police. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing Aboriginal land rights. votes
  • Voted strongly against decreasing the private health insurance rebate. votes
  • Voted strongly against increasing the age pension. votes
  • Voted very strongly against extending government benefits to same-sex couples. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing protection of Aboriginal heritage sites. votes
  • Voted strongly for increasing availability of abortion drugs. votes
  • Has never voted on live animal exports. votes
  • Has never voted on carbon farming. votes
  • Voted moderately for the Intervention in the Northern Territory. votes
  • Voted strongly for increasing beef import standards. votes
  • Voted very strongly against increasing fishing restrictions. votes
  • Has never voted on encouraging Australian-based industry. votes
  • Voted moderately for uranium export. votes
  • Voted strongly for increasing surveillance powers. votes
  • Voted moderately against increasing consumer protections. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing public access to government data. votes
  • Voted very strongly against an NBN (using fibre to the premises). votes
  • Has never voted on offshore processing of asylum seekers. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing freedom of political communication. votes

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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?)