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Joe Ludwig, former Senator

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  • Former Australian Labor Party Senator for Queensland
  • Became a Senator on 1 July 1999 — Federal election
  • Left Senate on 9 May 2016 — retired

Voting record (from They Vote For You)

How Joe Ludwig voted on key issues since 2006:

  • Voted generally against same-sex marriage equality. votes
  • Has never voted on tobacco plain packaging. votes
  • Voted generally for a carbon price. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing scrutiny of asylum seeker management. votes
  • Voted consistently against government administered paid parental leave. votes
  • Voted generally for increasing trade unions' powers in the workplace. votes
  • Voted generally for the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. votes
  • Voted generally for implementing refugee and protection conventions. votes
  • Voted generally for increasing competition in bulk wheat export. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against recognising local government in the Constitution. votes
  • Voted consistently against temporary protection visas. votes
  • Voted almost always against voluntary student union fees. votes
  • Voted consistently 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 almost always for regional processing of asylum seekers. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing marine conservation. votes
  • Voted almost always for unconventional gas mining. votes
  • Voted generally against restricting foreign ownership. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing investment in renewable energy. votes
  • Voted generally against privatising government assets. votes
  • Voted consistently against stem cell research. votes
  • Voted almost always against more scrutiny of intelligence services & police. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing Aboriginal land rights. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing funding for university education. votes
  • Voted generally for decreasing the private health insurance rebate. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing the age pension. votes
  • Voted generally for 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 generally for live animal export. votes
  • Voted consistently for carbon farming. votes
  • Voted generally for decreasing availability of welfare payments. votes
  • Voted consistently for re-approving/ re-registering agvet chemicals. votes
  • Voted generally for the Intervention in the Northern Territory. votes
  • Has never voted on an emissions reduction fund. votes
  • Voted almost always for increasing funding for road infrastructure. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing restrictions on gambling. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing beef import standards. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing fishing restrictions. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against encouraging Australian-based industry. votes
  • Voted generally for uranium export. votes
  • Voted almost always for increasing surveillance powers. votes
  • Voted almost always 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 consistently for a federal inquiry into Queensland government administration. votes
  • Voted consistently for offshore processing for people seeking asylum in Australia. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing freedom of political communication. votes
  • Voted consistently 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 generally against decreasing ABC and SBS funding. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against tighter means testing of family payments . votes
  • Voted consistently against deregulating undergraduate university fees. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing accessibility of government data and documents. votes
  • Voted generally for removing children from immigration detention. votes
  • Voted generally for funding the national school chaplaincy program. votes
  • Voted consistently against landholders' right to say no to mining and gas exploration. votes
  • Voted almost always for building Australia’s new submarine fleet in South Australia. votes
  • Voted consistently for giving apprentices access to a $20,000 loan. votes
  • Voted consistently against protecting whales within Australian waters. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing the diversity of media ownership. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing support for community radio and TV. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing indexation of HECS-HELP debts. votes
  • Voted consistently against charging postgraduate research students fees. votes
  • Voted generally for decreasing the gender pay gap. votes
  • Voted generally for greater public scrutiny of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. votes
  • Voted consistently for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. votes
  • Voted consistently against requiring Parliamentary approval of military deployments. votes
  • Voted generally against treating government action on climate change as a matter of urgency. votes
  • Voted generally for increasing transparency of big business by making information public. votes
  • Voted consistently for making Australians working overseas repay their student debts. votes
  • Voted consistently for letting environmental groups challenge the legality of certain government decisions. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against revoking citizenship of dual nationals involved with terrorism offences by the minister. votes
  • Voted generally 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
  • Voted a mixture of for and against using natural resource wealth for the benefit of all Australians. votes
  • Voted generally against Senate electoral reform. votes
  • Voted almost always against protecting whistleblowers. votes
  • Voted generally against 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 generally for ending illegal logging. votes
  • Voted generally against protecting threatened forest and bushland habitats. votes
  • Voted generally for 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 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
  • Voted generally against local community consultation on infrastructure projects. votes
  • Voted generally for maintaining or increasing CSIRO funding. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing funding for legal aid. votes
  • Voted consistently for buffer zones around abortion clinics. votes
  • Voted consistently for 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 generally against suspending the rules to allow a vote to happen (procedural). votes
  • Has never voted on high speed rail on the east coast. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against federal action on public housing. votes
  • Voted consistently against 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 consistently against protecting the Great Barrier Reef. votes
  • Voted generally against public transport. votes
  • Has never voted on strengthening gun control laws. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against protecting citizens' privacy. votes
  • Voted consistently against an Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing scrutiny of unions. votes
  • Has never voted on Preventative Detention Orders (PDOs). votes
  • Voted consistently against more scrutiny of the Australian Defence Force. votes
  • Voted consistently for 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 consistently for getting rid of Sunday and public holiday penalty rates. votes
  • Voted generally for giving approval for mining in the Liverpool Plains. votes
  • Voted consistently against closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. votes
  • Voted consistently for Adani's proposed Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against equal treatment for all couples. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against refugee family reunification. votes
  • Has never voted on a citizenship test. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing federal government support for childcare. votes
  • Voted generally against government action on animal & plant extinctions. votes
  • Voted consistently against turning back asylum boats when possible. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing the Newstart Allowance rate. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against making more water from Murray-Darling Basin available to use. votes
  • Has never voted on a declared area offence. votes
  • Voted consistently for promoting multiculturalism. votes
  • Voted consistently against nuclear energy. votes
  • Voted almost always for increasing political transparency. votes
  • Voted consistently against protecting Australian sovereignty in trade agreements. votes
  • Voted consistently against community right to say no to nuclear waste disposal sites. votes
  • Voted generally for Australia's timber industry. votes
  • Voted consistently against for increasing the Youth Allowance rate. votes
  • Voted consistently against reducing air pollution. votes
  • Voted consistently against investing in climate science. votes
  • Voted consistently for offshore oil mining. votes
  • Voted generally for implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. votes

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Most recent appearances in parliament

Adjournment: Valedictory (2 May 2016)

“Just shy of 17 years ago I entered this place to try and make the lives of everyday Australians that little bit better. As I prepare to leave Canberra for the last time as a senator for Queensland, I look back at the experiences I have had, both the good and the more challenging. I cannot help but be thankful for the opportunity entrusted to me by the voters of my home state. I am also...”

Bills: Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016; Second Reading (15 Mar 2016)

“Hold onto your hat, we are in for a ride with the Greens thinking it will be a wonderful day when this bill passes. Clearly, Senator Di Natale must be feeling a bit under pressure if he felt the need to make the ridiculous statement earlier about the Gillard government's agreement with the Greens back in 2010. Yes, that agreement referred to reforming and tightening political donations...”

Answers to Questions on Notice: Question Nos 2876 and 2820 (15 Mar 2016)

“This is not quite on the same question. It is to take note of the response by Senator Brandis in respect of question on notice No. 2876.”

More of Joe Ludwig's recent appearances

Numbers

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  • Has spoken in 45 debates in the last year — well below average amongst Senators.
  • People have made 5 comments on this Senator's speeches — above average amongst Senators.
  • 42 people are tracking whenever this Senator speaks.
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 1439 times in debates — well above average amongst Senators. (Why is this here?)