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  • Australian Labor Party Senator for Tasmania
  • Shadow Assistant Minister to the Leader (Tasmania) (since 6 Dec 2017)
    Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare (Senate) (since 6 Dec 2017)
    Shadow Minister for Ageing and Mental Health (Ageing) (since 6 Dec 2017)
    Shadow Assistant Minister for Ageing (since 6 Dec 2017)
  • Became a Senator on 1 July 2005 — Federal election
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Voting record (from They Vote For You)

How Helen Polley voted on key issues since 2006:

  • Voted very strongly against same sex marriage. votes
  • Voted very strongly for tobacco plain packaging. votes
  • Voted moderately for a carbon price. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing scrutiny of asylum seeker management. votes
  • Voted moderately against government administered paid parental leave. votes
  • Voted strongly for increasing trade unions' powers in the workplace. votes
  • Voted moderately for the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. votes
  • Voted moderately for implementing refugee and protection conventions. votes
  • Voted very strongly for increasing competition in bulk wheat export. votes
  • Voted very strongly for recognising local government in the Constitution. votes
  • Voted strongly against temporary protection visas. votes
  • Voted strongly against voluntary student union fees. votes
  • Voted moderately against increasing or removing the debt limit. votes
  • Voted strongly for a minerals resource rent tax . votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing protection of Australia's fresh water. votes
  • Voted moderately for regional processing of asylum seekers. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing marine conservation. votes
  • Voted moderately for unconventional gas mining. votes
  • Voted moderately against restricting foreign ownership. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing investment in renewable energy. votes
  • Voted strongly against privatising government assets. votes
  • Voted very strongly against stem cell research. votes
  • Voted moderately against more scrutiny of intelligence services & police. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing Aboriginal land rights. votes
  • Voted moderately against increasing funding for university education. votes
  • Voted strongly for decreasing the private health insurance rebate. votes
  • Voted very strongly against increasing the age pension. votes
  • Voted very strongly for extending government benefits to same-sex couples. votes
  • Voted strongly against increasing protection of Aboriginal heritage sites. votes
  • Voted very strongly against increasing availability of abortion drugs. votes
  • Voted moderately for live animal exports. votes
  • Voted very strongly for carbon farming. votes
  • Voted moderately for decreasing availability of welfare payments. votes
  • Voted moderately for re-approving/ re-registering agvet chemicals. votes
  • Voted very strongly for the Intervention in the Northern Territory. votes
  • Has never voted on an emissions reduction fund. votes
  • Voted strongly for increasing funding for road infrastructure. votes
  • Voted strongly against increasing restrictions on gambling. votes
  • Voted very strongly against increasing beef import standards. votes
  • Voted moderately for increasing fishing restrictions. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against encouraging Australian-based industry. votes
  • Voted moderately for uranium export. votes
  • Voted moderately for increasing surveillance powers. votes
  • Voted moderately for increasing consumer protections. votes
  • Voted strongly against increasing public access to government data. votes
  • Voted very strongly for an NBN (using fibre to the premises). votes
  • Has never voted on a federal inquiry into Queensland government administration. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against offshore processing of asylum seekers. votes
  • Voted moderately against increasing freedom of political communication. votes
  • Voted very strongly against decreasing ABC and SBS funding. votes

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RSS feed Most recent appearances in parliament

Statements by Senators: Aged Care (14 Nov 2018)

“I can't count the number of times that I've spoken in this place about the Abbott-Turnbull-and-now-Morrison governments' pathetic record on ageing and aged care. They have broken every single promise they've ever made to older Australians, and I will keep coming into this chamber, time after time, to remind them that they gave commitments to older Australians. We had the current Prime...”

Bills: My Health Records Amendment (Strengthening Privacy) Bill 2018; In Committee (14 Nov 2018)

“I would just like to confirm that Labor will be supporting these amendments, even though I moved the amendment for a 12-month period earlier. We do feel that 12 months is the preferred length of time to manage trust and security issues and so that the Australian people fully understand. In light of the fact that our amendment was not supported, we will be supporting these amendments because...”

Bills: My Health Records Amendment (Strengthening Privacy) Bill 2018; In Committee (14 Nov 2018)

“by leave—I move opposition amendments (1) and (2) on sheet 8556: (1) Clause 3, page 2 (after line 11), at the end of the clause, add: Note: The provisions of the My Health Records (National Application) Rules2017 amended or inserted by this Act, and any other provisions of those rules, may be amended or repealed by rules made under section 109 of the My Health Records Act 2012 (see...”

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  • Has spoken in 62 debates in the last year — below average amongst Senators.
  • People have made 0 comments on this Senator's speeches — average amongst Senators.
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  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 531 times in debates — above average amongst Senators. (Why is this here?)