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John Watson, former Senator

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  • Former Liberal Party Senator for Tasmania
  • Became a Senator on 1 July 1978 — Federal election
  • Left Senate on 30 June 2008 — retired

Voting record (from They Vote For You)

How John Watson voted on key issues since 2006:

  • Voted very strongly against same sex marriage. votes
  • Voted very strongly against increasing scrutiny of asylum seeker management. votes
  • Voted very strongly against government administered paid parental leave. votes
  • Voted very 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
  • Voted very strongly against increasing protection of Australia's fresh water. votes
  • Voted very strongly against increasing marine conservation. votes
  • Voted very strongly against restricting foreign ownership. votes
  • Voted very strongly against increasing investment in renewable energy. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against privatising government assets. votes
  • Voted strongly against stem cell research. votes
  • Voted very strongly against more scrutiny of intelligence services & police. votes
  • Voted strongly against decreasing the private health insurance rebate. votes
  • Voted very strongly against increasing the age pension. votes
  • Voted very strongly against extending government benefits to same-sex couples. votes
  • Voted very strongly against increasing protection of Aboriginal heritage sites. votes
  • Voted moderately for increasing availability of abortion drugs. votes
  • Voted very strongly for the Intervention in the Northern Territory. votes
  • Voted very strongly against increasing fishing restrictions. votes
  • Voted very strongly for encouraging Australian-based industry. votes
  • Voted very strongly for uranium export. votes
  • Voted moderately for increasing surveillance powers. votes
  • Voted very strongly against increasing freedom of political communication. votes

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Most recent appearances in parliament

Valedictory: (26 Jun 2008)

“The incorporated speech read as follows— It is a rare event to farewell a retiring Senator who has served more than twelve years here but is leaving us still short of her fortieth birthday, but this week we must do this for Senator Natasha Stott-Despoja. When Senator Stott-Despoja arrived here at the tender age of just 26, she reminded me of my own daughter Fiona. The blond hair, bright...”

Questions without Notice: Higher Education (26 Jun 2008)

“My question is directed to Senator the Hon. Kim Carr, representing the Minister for Education. As a result of special coalition funding, the University of Tasmania was able to lift the proportion of Tasmanians with bachelor’s degrees or above from 11 to 15 per cent. Will the government live up to its rhetoric about the education revolution so that, in the case of the University of...”

Questions without Notice: Higher Education (26 Jun 2008)

“Mr President, I ask a supplementary question. Will the government properly index the Commonwealth Grants Scheme so that universities can cover their increasing cost of education in future years and, further, will the government agree to fully fund research under the national competitive research arrangements?”

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