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Michael Forshaw, former Senator

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  • Former Australian Labor Party Senator for NSW
  • Became a Senator on 10 May 1994 — unknown
  • Left Senate on 30 June 2011 — retired

Voting record (from They Vote For You)

How Michael Forshaw voted on key issues since 2006:

  • Voted moderately against same sex marriage. votes
  • Voted moderately against increasing scrutiny of asylum seeker management. votes
  • Voted very strongly against government administered paid parental leave. votes
  • Voted very strongly for increasing trade unions' powers in the workplace. votes
  • Voted moderately for the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. votes
  • Voted moderately for implementing refugee and protection conventions. votes
  • Voted moderately for increasing competition in bulk wheat export. votes
  • Voted very strongly for recognising local government in the Constitution. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against voluntary student union fees. votes
  • Voted strongly for increasing protection of Australia's fresh water. votes
  • Voted very strongly for regional processing of asylum seekers. votes
  • Voted moderately for increasing marine conservation. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against restricting foreign ownership. votes
  • Voted moderately against increasing investment in renewable energy. votes
  • Voted strongly against privatising government assets. votes
  • Has never voted on stem cell research. votes
  • Voted very strongly against more scrutiny of intelligence services & police. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing Aboriginal land rights. votes
  • Voted moderately for decreasing the private health insurance rebate. votes
  • Voted strongly against increasing the age pension. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against extending government benefits to same-sex couples. votes
  • Voted moderately against increasing protection of Aboriginal heritage sites. votes
  • Voted moderately against increasing availability of abortion drugs. votes
  • Voted very strongly against live animal exports. votes
  • Voted strongly for the Intervention in the Northern Territory. votes
  • Voted very strongly against increasing beef import standards. votes
  • Voted very strongly for increasing fishing restrictions. votes
  • Voted very strongly for encouraging Australian-based industry. votes
  • Voted moderately for uranium export. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing surveillance powers. votes
  • Voted strongly for increasing consumer protections. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing public access to government data. votes
  • Voted very strongly for an NBN (using fibre to the premises). votes
  • Voted very strongly for offshore processing of asylum seekers. votes
  • Voted very strongly against increasing freedom of political communication. votes

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Most recent appearances in parliament

Questions without Notice: Square Kilometre Array (23 Jun 2011)

“I seek leave to make a personal explanation. Leave granted. I thought I had already made my last speech, but I have to rise today because I believe I have been very grievously misrepresented in the media. I refer particularly to an article in today's Australian by the contributing editor, Peter van Onselen. The article is titled 'Senate repainted shades of green'. In the article he refers to...”

Personal Explanations: (23 Jun 2011)

“I seek leave to make a personal explanation. Leave granted. I thought I had already made my last speech, but I have to rise today because I believe I have been very grievously misrepresented in the media. I refer particularly to an article in today's Australian by the contributing editor, Peter van Onselen. The article is titled 'Senate repainted shades of green'. In the article he refers to...”

Committees: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Joint Committee; Report (23 Jun 2011)

“I present the report of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade entitled Inquiry intoAustralia's relationship with the countries of Africa. I move: That the Senate take note of the report. I think this will be the last time I will make a formal speech in this chamber and I am particularly delighted to do it on the Joint Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee...”

More of Michael Forshaw's recent appearances

Numbers

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  • Has spoken in 0 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") 124 times in debates — below average amongst Senators. (Why is this here?)