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Mark Furner, former Senator

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  • Former Australian Labor Party Senator for Queensland
  • Became a Senator on 1 July 2008 — Federal election
  • Left Senate on 30 June 2014 — retired

Voting record (from They Vote For You)

How Mark Furner voted on key issues since 2006:

  • Voted consistently 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 consistently against implementing refugee and protection conventions. votes
  • Voted consistently for recognising local government in the Constitution. votes
  • Voted generally against temporary protection visas. votes
  • Voted almost always against voluntary student union fees. votes
  • Voted generally 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 generally for unconventional gas mining. votes
  • Voted consistently against restricting foreign ownership. votes
  • Voted generally for increasing investment in renewable energy. votes
  • Voted consistently against more scrutiny of intelligence services & police. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing Aboriginal land rights. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing funding for university education. votes
  • Voted consistently for decreasing the private health insurance rebate. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing the age pension. votes
  • Voted consistently against extending government benefits to same-sex couples. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing protection of Aboriginal heritage sites. votes
  • Voted generally for live animal export. votes
  • Voted generally for carbon farming. votes
  • Voted generally for decreasing availability of welfare payments. votes
  • Voted generally for re-approving/ re-registering agvet chemicals. votes
  • Voted generally for the Intervention in the Northern Territory. votes
  • Voted consistently against 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 almost always for encouraging Australian-based industry. votes
  • Voted generally for uranium export. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing surveillance powers. votes
  • Voted generally 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 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 consistently against increasing accessibility of government data and documents. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against removing children from immigration detention. votes
  • Voted generally against 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 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 consistently against treating government action on climate change as a matter of urgency. votes
  • Voted generally for restricting donations to political parties. votes
  • Voted consistently against creating a federal Anti-Corruption Commission. votes
  • Voted consistently 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 consistently against protecting whistleblowers. votes
  • Voted consistently 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
  • Has never voted on a review of parliamentary entitlements. votes
  • Voted consistently against the use of strong encryption technologies. votes
  • Voted consistently 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 consistently against local community consultation on infrastructure projects. 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 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 consistently against protecting the Great Barrier Reef. votes
  • Has never voted on public transport. votes
  • Voted consistently against strengthening gun control laws. votes
  • Voted consistently 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 equal treatment for all couples. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing federal government support for childcare. votes
  • Voted consistently 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 generally for increasing political transparency. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against Australia's timber industry. votes

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Most recent appearances in parliament

Motions: Budget (26 Jun 2014)

“I rise this afternoon to make a contribution in respect to this notice of motion of the government's budget being an affront with Australia's sense of fairness. In doing so I would like to respond to Senator Eggleston's remarks in some regard. I do wish him well in his future; he has been in the Senate for a long period of time and is a very learned senator from Western Australia. I would...”

Motions: Budget (26 Jun 2014)

“Order! Senator Polley, you should refer to the Prime Minister in the correct title.”

Committees: Membership (26 Jun 2014)

“Order! The President has received letters from party leaders requesting changes in the membership of various committees.”

More of Mark Furner's recent appearances

Numbers

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  • Has spoken in 40 debates in the last year — average amongst Senators.
  • People have made 2 comments on this Senator's speeches — average amongst Senators.
  • 6 people are tracking whenever this Senator speaks.
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 190 times in debates — average amongst Senators. (Why is this here?)