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  • Former Liberal Party Senator for Queensland
  • Became a Senator on 1 July 1990 — Federal election
  • Left Senate on 1 July 2019 — unknown

Voting record (from They Vote For You)

How Ian Macdonald voted on key issues since 2006:

  • Voted generally against same-sex marriage equality. votes
  • Voted generally against tobacco plain packaging. votes
  • Voted consistently against a carbon price. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing scrutiny of asylum seeker management. votes
  • Voted almost always 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 almost always for recognising local government in the Constitution. votes
  • Voted almost always for temporary protection visas. votes
  • Voted consistently for voluntary student union fees. votes
  • Voted generally for increasing or removing the Government debt limit. votes
  • Voted generally against a minerals resource rent tax . votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing protection of Australia's fresh water. votes
  • Voted generally for regional processing of asylum seekers. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing marine conservation. votes
  • Voted generally for unconventional gas mining. votes
  • Voted generally against restricting foreign ownership. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing investment in renewable energy. votes
  • Voted almost always for privatising government assets. votes
  • Has never voted on stem cell research. votes
  • Voted generally against more scrutiny of intelligence services & police. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing Aboriginal land rights. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing funding for university education. votes
  • Voted consistently 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
  • Voted almost always against increasing protection of Aboriginal heritage sites. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing availability of abortion drugs. votes
  • Voted consistently for live animal export. votes
  • Voted consistently against carbon farming. votes
  • Voted generally for decreasing availability of welfare payments. votes
  • Voted consistently against re-approving/ re-registering agvet chemicals. votes
  • Voted consistently for the Intervention in the Northern Territory. votes
  • Voted consistently for an emissions reduction fund. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing funding for road infrastructure. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing restrictions on gambling. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing beef import standards. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing fishing restrictions. votes
  • Voted generally against encouraging Australian-based industry. votes
  • Voted almost always for uranium export. votes
  • Voted generally for increasing surveillance powers. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing consumer protections. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing access under Freedom of Information law. votes
  • Voted consistently against an NBN (using fibre to the premises). votes
  • Voted consistently against a federal inquiry into Queensland government administration. votes
  • Has never voted on offshore processing for people seeking asylum in Australia. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing freedom of political communication. votes
  • Voted generally for storing all citizens' telecommunications data for access by government agencies. votes
  • Voted consistently against requiring a warrant to access citizens’ telecommunications records. votes
  • Voted almost always for decreasing ABC and SBS funding. votes
  • Voted generally for tighter means testing of family payments . votes
  • Voted consistently for deregulating undergraduate university fees. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing accessibility of government data and documents. votes
  • Voted almost always against removing children from immigration detention. votes
  • Voted consistently for funding the national school chaplaincy program. votes
  • Voted almost always against landholders' right to say no to mining and gas exploration. votes
  • Voted consistently against building Australia’s new submarine fleet in South Australia. votes
  • Voted consistently for giving apprentices access to a $20,000 loan. votes
  • Has never voted on protecting whales within Australian waters. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing the diversity of media ownership. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing support for community radio and TV. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing indexation of HECS-HELP debts. votes
  • Voted consistently for charging postgraduate research students fees. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against decreasing the gender pay gap. votes
  • Voted almost always against greater public scrutiny of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing transparency of the China-Australia relationship. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. votes
  • Voted consistently against requiring Parliamentary approval of military deployments. votes
  • Voted almost always against treating government action on climate change as a matter of urgency. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing transparency of big business by making information public. votes
  • Has never voted on making Australians working overseas repay their student debts. votes
  • Voted almost always against letting environmental groups challenge the legality of certain government decisions. votes
  • Voted generally for revoking citizenship of dual nationals involved with terrorism offences by the minister. votes
  • Voted almost always against restricting donations to political parties. votes
  • Voted almost always 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 consistently for Senate electoral reform. votes
  • Voted generally against protecting whistleblowers. votes
  • Voted generally against a fast transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. votes
  • Voted generally against stopping tax avoidance or aggressive tax minimisation. votes
  • Voted generally against ending illegal logging. votes
  • Voted almost always against protecting threatened forest and bushland habitats. votes
  • Voted consistently against a Royal Commission into banking. votes
  • Voted almost always against a review of parliamentary entitlements. votes
  • Voted almost always 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
  • Has never voted on removing parallel import restrictions for books. votes
  • Voted generally against local community consultation on infrastructure projects. votes
  • Voted consistently against maintaining or increasing CSIRO funding. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing funding for legal aid. votes
  • Voted consistently against buffer zones around abortion clinics. votes
  • Voted almost always for putting welfare payments onto cashless debit cards (or indue cards) on a temporary basis as a trial. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and 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 against federal action on public housing. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing housing affordability. votes
  • Voted generally against ending immigration detention on Nauru. votes
  • Has never voted on imprisoning immigration detention workers who record or reveal information from their work. votes
  • Voted consistently against putting a time limit on immigration detention. votes
  • Voted generally against ending immigration detention on Manus Island. votes
  • Voted almost always against protecting the Great Barrier Reef. votes
  • Voted almost always against public transport. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing the price of tobacco. votes
  • Voted consistently against a national redress scheme for institutional abuse survivors. votes
  • Voted generally against strengthening gun control laws. votes
  • Voted almost always against the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). votes
  • Voted generally against protecting citizens' privacy. votes
  • Voted consistently for a same-sex marriage plebiscite. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing the initial tax rate for working holiday makers to 19%. votes
  • Voted consistently for an Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing scrutiny of unions. votes
  • Voted generally for Preventative Detention Orders (PDOs). votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing the passenger movement charge ('PMC'). votes
  • Voted consistently against more scrutiny of the Australian Defence Force. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing the initial tax rate for working holiday makers to 15%. votes
  • Has never voted on Continuing Detention Orders (CDOs). votes
  • Voted almost always for increasing investment in the coal industry. votes
  • Voted consistently for a Free Trade Agreement with China. votes
  • Has never voted on banning all investment in cluster munitions. votes
  • Voted consistently against changing the date of Australia Day. votes
  • Voted consistently against doctor-initiated medical transfers for asylum seekers. votes
  • Voted consistently for getting rid of the Gold Travel Pass. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against changing the wording of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. votes
  • Voted generally for getting rid of Sunday and public holiday penalty rates. votes
  • Voted consistently for reducing the corporate tax rate. votes
  • Voted consistently for the Coalition's Youth Jobs PaTH. votes
  • Voted consistently for the Coalition's new schools funding policy ("Gonski 2.0"). votes
  • Voted consistently for 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 a mixture of for and against making sanitary items GST-free. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing access to medicinal cannabis products. votes
  • Voted almost always against a Royal Commission into Violence and Abuse against People with Disability. votes
  • Voted consistently against criminalising "revenge porn". votes
  • Has never voted on closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. votes
  • Has never voted on maintaining or increasing defence spending. votes
  • Voted almost always for Adani's proposed Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin. votes
  • Voted consistently for drug testing welfare recipients. votes
  • Voted generally against equal treatment for all couples. votes
  • Voted consistently against refugee family reunification. votes
  • Has never voted on a citizenship test. votes
  • Voted almost always for privatising government services. votes
  • Voted almost always against a review of our representatives' eligibility. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing federal government support for childcare. votes
  • Voted almost always against government action on animal & plant extinctions. votes
  • Voted consistently for turning back asylum boats when possible. votes
  • Voted consistently for civil celebrants having the right to refuse to marry same-sex couples. votes
  • Voted almost always against universal access to abortion services. votes
  • Voted almost always against expanding Medicare-funded dental care. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing the Newstart Allowance rate. votes
  • Has never voted on an inquiry into the Iraq War. votes
  • Has never voted on the Paris Climate Agreement. votes
  • Voted generally for making more water from Murray-Darling Basin available to use. votes
  • Voted consistently for privatising the ABC. votes
  • Voted generally for targeting foreign interference in Australia. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing penalties for breach of data. votes
  • Voted almost always for a declared area offence. votes
  • Voted consistently for legalising euthanasia. votes
  • Has never voted on stopping former ministers from taking lobbying positions within five years. votes
  • Voted consistently against promoting multiculturalism. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing legal protections for LGBTI people. votes
  • Voted almost always for nuclear energy. votes
  • Has never voted on prioritising religious freedom. votes
  • Voted consistently against 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 political interference in research funding. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against protecting Australian sovereignty in trade agreements. votes
  • Voted almost always against pill testing. votes
  • Has never voted on legalising pepper spray. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing government support for the dairy industry. votes
  • Has never voted on ending Governor-General allowances for serious misconduct. votes
  • Voted almost always against transgender rights. votes
  • Voted almost always against community right to say no to nuclear waste disposal sites. votes
  • Voted almost always for Australia's timber industry. votes
  • Voted consistently against for increasing the Youth Allowance rate. votes
  • Voted generally against reducing air pollution. votes
  • Voted consistently against investing in climate science. votes
  • Voted almost always for offshore oil mining. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing funding for public schools. votes
  • Voted consistently against a constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice in parliament. votes
  • Voted almost always against implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. votes

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Bills: Treasury Laws Amendment (North Queensland Flood Recovery) Bill 2019; Second Reading (3 Apr 2019)

“Obviously, I support the Treasury Laws Amendment (North Queensland Flood Recovery) Bill 2019. As most senators will know, I'm based in Townsville, I live in Ayr and I treat Northern Queensland as my electorate. I'm very, very familiar with the cattle industry, the pastoral industry, in western Queensland, stretching from Charters Towers out to Mount Isa and beyond Camooweal to the border....”

Questions without Notice: Take Note of Answers: Budget, Economy (3 Apr 2019)

“I can only thank the senator for his commentary about cartoons in newspapers. It shows how much the Labor Party have got to attack in the wonderful budget. Madam Deputy President, tomorrow night you're going to be subjected to what will be called an alternative budget by the alternative government. It will be full of lies, mistruths and misconstructions. Let me just warn anyone who might be...”

Questions without Notice: Budget (3 Apr 2019)

“Again I thank the minister for that and appreciate his advice about how we've helped farmers in need. But we're a government, I know, that looks to the future, and I ask the minister: how is the government securing the future of our farmers and, through them, of our nation as a whole?”

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Numbers

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  • Has spoken in 83 debates in the last year — well above average amongst Senators.
  • People have made 11 comments on this Senator's speeches — well above average amongst Senators.
  • 15 people are tracking whenever this Senator speaks.
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 1657 times in debates — well above average amongst Senators. (Why is this here?)