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  • Australian Labor Party Senator for SA
  • Shadow Minister for Trade (Senate) (since 10 Nov 2020)
    Shadow Minister for International Development and the Pacific (Senate) (since 10 Nov 2020)
    Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (since 10 Nov 2020)
    Shadow Minister for Defence (Senate) (since 10 Nov 2020)
    Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs (since 6 Dec 2017)
    Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (since 18 Oct 2013)
  • Became a Senator on 1 July 2002 — Federal election
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Voting record (from They Vote For You)

How Penny Wong voted on key issues since 2006:

  • Voted moderately for same sex marriage. votes
  • Has never voted on tobacco plain packaging. votes
  • Voted moderately for a carbon price. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing scrutiny of asylum seeker management. votes
  • Voted moderately against government administered paid parental leave. votes
  • Voted strongly for increasing trade unions' powers in the workplace. votes
  • Voted moderately for the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against implementing refugee and protection conventions. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing competition in bulk wheat export. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against recognising local government in the Constitution. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against temporary protection visas. votes
  • Voted moderately against voluntary student union fees. votes
  • Voted moderately against increasing or removing the debt limit. votes
  • Voted strongly for a minerals resource rent tax . votes
  • Voted moderately for increasing protection of Australia's fresh water. votes
  • Voted moderately for regional processing of asylum seekers. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing marine conservation. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against unconventional gas mining. votes
  • Voted moderately against restricting foreign ownership. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing investment in renewable energy. votes
  • Voted very strongly against privatising government assets. votes
  • Voted very strongly for stem cell research. votes
  • Voted moderately against more scrutiny of intelligence services & police. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing Aboriginal land rights. votes
  • Voted moderately for increasing funding for university education. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against decreasing the private health insurance rebate. votes
  • Voted strongly against increasing the age pension. votes
  • Voted strongly for extending government benefits to same-sex couples. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing protection of Aboriginal heritage sites. votes
  • Voted very strongly for increasing availability of abortion drugs. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against live animal exports. votes
  • Voted moderately for carbon farming. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against decreasing availability of welfare payments. votes
  • Has never voted on re-approving/ re-registering agvet chemicals. votes
  • Voted moderately for the Intervention in the Northern Territory. votes
  • Voted very strongly against an emissions reduction fund. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing funding for road infrastructure. votes
  • Voted moderately against increasing restrictions on gambling. votes
  • Voted strongly against increasing beef import standards. votes
  • Voted moderately for increasing fishing restrictions. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against encouraging Australian-based industry. votes
  • Voted moderately for uranium export. votes
  • Voted moderately for increasing surveillance powers. votes
  • Voted very strongly for increasing consumer protections. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing public access to government data. votes
  • Voted strongly for an NBN (using fibre to the premises). votes
  • Voted very strongly for a federal inquiry into Queensland government administration. votes
  • Has never voted on offshore processing of asylum seekers. votes
  • Voted moderately against increasing freedom of political communication. votes
  • Voted moderately against decreasing ABC and SBS funding. votes

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RSS feed Most recent appearances in parliament

Committees: Treaties Committee; Report (2 Sep 2021)

“[by video link] Thank you to Senator Urquhart for making sure I got the call; I appreciate that. I wish to take note of the report by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, or JSCOT, on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, and there are particular aspects of the report that I would like the Senate to note. They are the committee's considerations and recommendations in relation...”

Motions: Australia, New Zealand and United States Security Treaty: 70th Anniversary (1 Sep 2021)

“[by video link] I'm pleased to speak on behalf of the opposition and join Minister Payne in supporting this motion to celebrate and commemorate the 70th anniversary of the ANZUS treaty. In the days ahead much attention will be focused on what conclusions are to be drawn from the 20-year war in Afghanistan that came to an end this week, but, whatever may be said on that debate, what is beyond...”

Statements: Prime Minister (1 Sep 2021)

“[by video link] We all know Mr Morrison is shameless when it comes to spin, but his most shameless spin yet is that he is the one who offers Australia a pathway to reopening, when he is the one most responsible for us not being open. His failure to order enough vaccines, his failure to roll out the vaccine, and his failure to build fit-for-purpose national quarantine facilities to stop the...”

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  • Has spoken in 105 debates in the last year — well above average amongst Senators.
  • People have made 10 comments on this Senator's speeches — well above average amongst Senators.
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  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 2351 times in debates — well above average amongst Senators. (Why is this here?)

Register of Interests (What's this?)

Penny Wong's latest interest statementPDFLast updated: 29 Jul 2020