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Mark Bishop, former Senator

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  • Former Australian Labor Party Senator for WA
  • Became a Senator on 1 July 1996 — Federal election
  • Left Senate on 30 June 2014 — retired

Voting record (from They Vote For You)

How Mark Bishop voted on key issues since 2006:

  • Voted almost always against same-sex marriage equality. votes
  • Voted consistently for tobacco plain packaging. votes
  • Voted almost always for a carbon price. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing scrutiny of asylum seeker management. votes
  • Voted consistently against government administered paid parental leave. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing trade unions' powers in the workplace. votes
  • Voted generally for 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 consistently for recognising local government in the Constitution. votes
  • Voted generally against temporary protection visas. votes
  • Voted generally against voluntary student union fees. votes
  • Voted generally for 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 a mixture of for and against increasing marine conservation. votes
  • Voted generally for unconventional gas mining. votes
  • Voted generally against restricting foreign ownership. votes
  • Voted generally for increasing investment in renewable energy. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against privatising government assets. votes
  • Voted consistently against stem cell research. votes
  • Voted consistently against more scrutiny of intelligence services & police. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing Aboriginal land rights. votes
  • Voted generally for increasing funding for university education. votes
  • Voted almost always for decreasing the private health insurance rebate. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing the age pension. votes
  • Voted consistently for extending government benefits to same-sex couples. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing protection of Aboriginal heritage sites. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing availability of abortion drugs. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against live animal export. votes
  • Voted consistently for carbon farming. votes
  • Voted consistently for decreasing availability of welfare payments. votes
  • Voted consistently for re-approving/ re-registering agvet chemicals. votes
  • Voted almost always for the Intervention in the Northern Territory. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing funding for road infrastructure. votes
  • Voted almost always 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 almost always for encouraging Australian-based industry. votes
  • Voted generally for uranium export. votes
  • Voted generally for increasing surveillance powers. votes
  • Voted almost always for increasing consumer protections. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing access under Freedom of Information law. votes
  • Voted consistently for an NBN (using fibre to the premises). votes
  • Voted almost always for offshore processing for people seeking asylum in Australia. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing freedom of political communication. votes
  • Voted consistently against requiring a warrant to access citizens’ telecommunications records. votes
  • Voted consistently against decreasing ABC and SBS funding. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing accessibility of government data and documents. votes
  • Has never voted on 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 consistently against protecting whales within Australian waters. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing the diversity of media ownership. votes
  • Voted generally for decreasing the gender pay gap. votes
  • Voted consistently against greater public scrutiny of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. 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
  • Has never voted on revoking citizenship of dual nationals involved with terrorism offences by the minister. votes
  • Voted generally for restricting donations to political parties. votes
  • Voted consistently against creating a federal Anti-Corruption Commission. votes
  • Voted almost always against withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. votes
  • Voted consistently against using natural resource wealth for the benefit of all Australians. votes
  • Voted almost always against protecting whistleblowers. votes
  • Voted almost always against a fast transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. votes
  • Voted consistently 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 consistently against a review of parliamentary entitlements. votes
  • Has never voted on the use of strong encryption technologies. votes
  • Voted generally 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
  • Has never voted on removing parallel import restrictions for books. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against local community consultation on infrastructure projects. votes
  • Voted almost always against maintaining or increasing CSIRO funding. votes
  • Voted consistently against a publicly accessible foreign ownership register for agricultural land. votes
  • Voted generally for speeding things along in Parliament (procedural). votes
  • Voted consistently 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 consistently against increasing housing affordability. votes
  • Voted consistently against ending immigration detention on Nauru. votes
  • Voted consistently against putting a time limit on immigration detention. votes
  • Voted consistently 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
  • Has never voted on strengthening gun control laws. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against protecting citizens' privacy. votes
  • Voted consistently against an Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing scrutiny of unions. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing investment in the coal industry. votes
  • Voted consistently against banning all investment in cluster munitions. votes
  • Voted consistently against closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. votes
  • Voted generally for equal treatment for all couples. votes
  • Has never voted on a citizenship test. votes
  • Voted almost always 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
  • Voted consistently for promoting multiculturalism. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing political transparency. votes
  • Voted generally for Australia's timber industry. votes
  • Voted consistently against for increasing the Youth Allowance rate. votes
  • Voted consistently against investing in climate science. votes
  • Voted consistently against implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. votes

Read about how the voting record is decided.

Most recent appearances in parliament

Committees: Economics References Committee; Report (26 Jun 2014)

“I present the report of the Economics References Committee on the performance of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, together with the Hansard record of proceedings and documents presented to the committee. Ordered that the report be printed. by leave—I move: That the Senate take note of the report. The tabling of this report represents the end of a year-long review of...”

Questions without Notice: Defence (26 Jun 2014)

“Mr President, I rise on a point of order. The minister has received three questions from Senator Xenophon that go to the efficiency and effectiveness of the DMO. Apart from mentioning a first-principles review, he has explicitly refused to identify and answer the issues raised by Senator Xenophon. They are important matters. You should direct Senator Johnston to attend to them in the last 21...”

Questions without Notice: Budget (25 Jun 2014)

“Mr President, I have a further supplementary question for Minister Nash. Minister, won't increasing upfront costs deter patients from seeking early diagnosis and make our health system less sustainable?”

More of Mark Bishop's recent appearances

Numbers

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  • Has spoken in 18 debates in the last year — well below average amongst Senators.
  • People have made 0 comments on this Senator's speeches — below average amongst Senators.
  • 3 people are tracking whenever this Senator speaks.
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 222 times in debates — average amongst Senators. (Why is this here?)