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  • Liberal Party Senator for Tasmania
  • Minister for Regional Health in the Senate (since 8 Oct 2021)
    Minister for Health and Aged Care in the Senate (since 8 Oct 2021)
    Minister for Sport (since 22 Dec 2020)
    Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services (since 22 Dec 2020)
  • Became a Senator on 4 February 2002 — unknown
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Voting record (from They Vote For You)

How Richard Colbeck voted on key issues since 2006:

  • Voted consistently against same-sex marriage equality. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against tobacco plain packaging. votes
  • Voted almost always against a carbon price. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing scrutiny of asylum seeker management. votes
  • Voted almost always for government administered paid parental leave. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing trade unions' powers in the workplace. votes
  • Voted generally against the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. votes
  • Voted consistently against implementing refugee and protection conventions. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing competition in bulk wheat export. votes
  • Has never voted on recognising local government in the Constitution. votes
  • Voted consistently for temporary protection visas. votes
  • Voted consistently for voluntary student union fees. votes
  • Voted generally for increasing or removing the Government debt limit. votes
  • Voted almost always against a minerals resource rent tax . votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing protection of Australia's fresh water. votes
  • Voted generally for regional processing of asylum seekers. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing marine conservation. votes
  • Voted consistently for unconventional gas mining. votes
  • Voted almost always against restricting foreign ownership. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing investment in renewable energy. votes
  • Voted consistently for privatising government assets. votes
  • Voted almost always for stem cell research. votes
  • Voted generally against more scrutiny of intelligence services & police. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing Aboriginal land rights. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing funding for university education. votes
  • Voted consistently against 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 almost always for increasing availability of abortion drugs. votes
  • Voted consistently for live animal export. votes
  • Voted consistently against carbon farming. votes
  • Voted almost always for decreasing availability of welfare payments. votes
  • Voted consistently against re-approving/ re-registering agvet chemicals. votes
  • Voted almost always for the Intervention in the Northern Territory. votes
  • Voted consistently for an emissions reduction fund. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing funding for road infrastructure. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing restrictions on gambling. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing beef import standards. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing fishing restrictions. votes
  • Voted generally against encouraging Australian-based industry. votes
  • Voted consistently for uranium export. votes
  • Voted almost always for increasing surveillance powers. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing consumer protections. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing access under Freedom of Information law. votes
  • Voted consistently against an NBN (using fibre to the premises). votes
  • Voted consistently against a federal inquiry into Queensland government administration. votes
  • Voted consistently for offshore processing for people seeking asylum in Australia. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing freedom of political communication. votes
  • Voted consistently for storing all citizens' telecommunications data for access by government agencies. votes
  • Voted consistently against requiring a warrant to access citizens’ telecommunications records. votes
  • Voted consistently for decreasing ABC and SBS funding. votes
  • Voted generally against tighter means testing of family payments . votes
  • Voted consistently for deregulating undergraduate university fees. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing accessibility of government data and documents. votes
  • Voted almost always against removing children from immigration detention. votes
  • Voted consistently for funding the national school chaplaincy program. votes
  • Voted consistently against landholders' right to say no to mining and gas exploration. votes
  • Voted almost always against building Australia’s new submarine fleet in South Australia. votes
  • Voted consistently for giving apprentices access to a $20,000 loan. votes
  • Voted almost always against protecting whales within Australian waters. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing the diversity of media ownership. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing support for community radio and TV. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing indexation of HECS-HELP debts. votes
  • Voted consistently for charging postgraduate research students fees. votes
  • Voted almost always against decreasing the gender pay gap. votes
  • Voted consistently against greater public scrutiny of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing transparency of the China-Australia relationship. votes
  • Voted generally for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. votes
  • Voted consistently against requiring Parliamentary approval of military deployments. votes
  • Voted almost always against treating government action on climate change as a matter of urgency. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing transparency of big business by making information public. votes
  • Has never voted on making Australians working overseas repay their student debts. votes
  • Voted consistently against letting environmental groups challenge the legality of certain government decisions. votes
  • Voted almost always for revoking citizenship of dual nationals involved with terrorism offences by the minister. votes
  • Voted consistently against 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 almost always against using natural resource wealth for the benefit of all Australians. votes
  • Voted consistently for Senate electoral reform. votes
  • Voted almost always against protecting whistleblowers. votes
  • Voted consistently against a fast transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. votes
  • Voted generally against stopping tax avoidance or aggressive tax minimisation. votes
  • Voted consistently against ending illegal logging. votes
  • Voted consistently against protecting threatened forest and bushland habitats. votes
  • Voted consistently against a Royal Commission into banking. votes
  • Voted consistently against 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
  • Voted consistently for removing parallel import restrictions for books. votes
  • Voted generally against local community consultation on infrastructure projects. votes
  • Voted consistently against maintaining or increasing CSIRO funding. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing funding for legal aid. votes
  • Has never voted on buffer zones around abortion clinics. votes
  • Voted almost always for putting welfare payments onto cashless debit cards (or indue cards) on a temporary basis as a trial. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against a publicly accessible foreign ownership register for agricultural land. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against speeding things along in Parliament (procedural). votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against suspending the rules to allow a vote to happen (procedural). votes
  • Voted consistently against high speed rail on the east coast. votes
  • Voted consistently against federal action on public housing. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing housing affordability. votes
  • Voted generally against ending immigration detention on Nauru. votes
  • Voted consistently for imprisoning immigration detention workers who record or reveal information from their work. votes
  • Voted generally 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 consistently against public transport. votes
  • Voted consistently against strengthening gun control laws. votes
  • Voted consistently against the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). votes
  • Voted consistently against protecting citizens' privacy. votes
  • Voted consistently for an Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). votes
  • Voted almost always for increasing scrutiny of unions. votes
  • Voted generally for Preventative Detention Orders (PDOs). votes
  • Voted consistently against more scrutiny of the Australian Defence Force. votes
  • Voted generally for Continuing Detention Orders (CDOs). votes
  • Voted almost always for increasing investment in the coal industry. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against a Free Trade Agreement with China. votes
  • Voted consistently against banning all investment in cluster munitions. votes
  • Voted consistently against doctor-initiated medical transfers for asylum seekers. votes
  • Voted consistently for changing the wording of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. votes
  • Voted consistently for getting rid of Sunday and public holiday penalty rates. votes
  • Voted almost always for giving approval for mining in the Liverpool Plains. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing access to medicinal cannabis products. votes
  • Voted consistently against a Royal Commission into Violence and Abuse against People with Disability. votes
  • Voted consistently against criminalising "revenge porn". votes
  • Voted generally against closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. votes
  • Voted consistently for Adani's proposed Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin. votes
  • Voted consistently against equal treatment for all couples. votes
  • Voted consistently against refugee family reunification. votes
  • Voted consistently for a citizenship test. votes
  • Voted consistently for privatising government services. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing federal government support for childcare. votes
  • Voted consistently against government action on animal & plant extinctions. votes
  • Voted consistently for turning back asylum boats when possible. votes
  • Has never voted on universal access to abortion services. votes
  • Voted consistently against expanding Medicare-funded dental care. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing the Newstart Allowance rate. votes
  • Voted consistently against an inquiry into the Iraq War. votes
  • Voted generally against the Paris Climate Agreement. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing eligibility requirements for Australian citizenship. votes
  • Voted almost always for making more water from Murray-Darling Basin available to use. votes
  • Voted consistently for privatising the ABC. votes
  • Voted almost always for targeting foreign interference in Australia. votes
  • Voted generally for a declared area offence. votes
  • Voted consistently against legalising euthanasia. votes
  • Voted consistently against stopping former ministers from taking lobbying positions within five years. votes
  • Voted generally against promoting multiculturalism. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing legal protections for LGBTI people. votes
  • Voted generally for nuclear energy. votes
  • Voted consistently for prioritising religious freedom. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing political transparency. votes
  • Voted consistently against a travel ban on people from certain countries. votes
  • Voted consistently for MacMines' proposed China Stone coal mine in the Galilee Basin. votes
  • Voted consistently for a combined Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia. votes
  • Voted consistently for political interference in research funding. votes
  • Voted almost always against protecting Australian sovereignty in trade agreements. votes
  • Voted consistently against pill testing. votes
  • Voted consistently against legalising pepper spray. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing government support for the dairy industry. votes
  • Voted consistently against ending Governor-General allowances for serious misconduct. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against transgender rights. votes
  • Voted almost always against community right to say no to nuclear waste disposal sites. votes
  • Voted consistently for Australia's timber industry. votes
  • Voted consistently for reducing personal income tax. votes
  • Voted consistently against for increasing the Youth Allowance rate. votes
  • Voted consistently for Temporary Exclusion Orders. votes
  • Voted consistently against making the cashless debit card program voluntary. votes
  • Voted almost always against banning new thermal coal mines. votes
  • Voted generally against reducing air pollution. votes
  • Voted consistently for an independent NDIS assessment process. votes
  • Voted consistently against investing in climate science. votes
  • Voted consistently against building community climate change resilience. votes
  • Voted almost always for offshore oil mining. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing funding for vocational education. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing access to the JobKeeper Payment. votes
  • Voted consistently against assisting the Arts sector through the coronavirus pandemic. votes
  • Voted consistently for mandatory minimum sentences for certain offences. votes
  • Voted consistently against paid parental leave equality for stay-at-home mums and dads. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing funding for public schools. votes
  • Voted consistently against a Royal Commission into Robodebt. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing state and territory environmental approval powers. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing the cost of humanities degrees. votes
  • Voted consistently for the Murray Darling Basin Plan. votes
  • Voted consistently against assisting Australians trying to return from overseas. votes
  • Voted consistently against extending Jobkeeper Payment. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing protections for franchisees. votes
  • Voted consistently against an independent inquiry into Attorney-General Christian Porter. votes
  • Voted almost always against a constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice in parliament. votes
  • Voted generally against implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing support for the Australian film and TV industry. votes
  • Voted consistently against building dedicated quarantine facilities (COVID-19). votes
  • Voted consistently against treating the COVID vaccine rollout as a matter of urgency. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing workplace protections for women. votes
  • Voted consistently for putting welfare payments onto cashless debit cards (or indue cards) on an ongoing basis. votes

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Questions without Notice: COVID-19: Vaccination (30 Nov 2021)

“It is really quite disappointing that the Labor Party try to confuse the omicron circumstance right now with the proposals that are being developed for the vaccination program for five- to 12-year-olds. The Labor Party are trying to drive fear into the Australian community with questions they don't— Opposition senators interject ing— They're not interested in the answer, quite...”

Questions without Notice: COVID-19: Vaccination (30 Nov 2021)

“Senator Gallagher has just demonstrated what happens when you have a pre-prepared question and you don't listen to the answer to the first question. I indicated a number of times during my answer to the first question that, while the processes are being undertaken for the approval or otherwise of a vaccination program for children aged five to 12, arrangements are being put in place to ensure...”

Questions without Notice: COVID-19: Vaccination (30 Nov 2021)

“I would invite the opposition to listen to my answer, because I did say during my answer that has just had a point of order taken on it—possibly just for the point of interruption rather than taking a point of order—that we would ensure while that process was occurring that we would have supplies available for us in time to commence a vaccination program for children aged five to...”

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  • Has spoken in 73 debates in the last year — above average amongst Senators.
  • People have made 2 comments on this Senator's speeches — above average amongst Senators.
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  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 745 times in debates — well above average amongst Senators. (Why is this here?)

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