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Robert Simms, former Senator

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  • Former Australian Greens Senator for SA
  • Became a Senator on 22 September 2015 — unknown
  • Left Senate on 9 May 2016 — unknown

Voting record (from They Vote For You)

How Robert Simms voted on key issues since 2006:

  • Voted consistently for increasing scrutiny of asylum seeker management. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing trade unions' powers in the workplace. votes
  • Voted consistently against voluntary student union fees. votes
  • Voted consistently against regional processing of asylum seekers. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing marine conservation. votes
  • Voted consistently against unconventional gas mining. votes
  • Voted consistently for restricting foreign ownership. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing investment in renewable energy. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing Aboriginal land rights. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing protection of Aboriginal heritage sites. votes
  • Voted consistently against live animal export. votes
  • Voted generally for encouraging Australian-based industry. votes
  • Voted consistently against storing all citizens' telecommunications data for access by government agencies. votes
  • Voted consistently for requiring a warrant to access citizens’ telecommunications records. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing accessibility of government data and documents. votes
  • Voted consistently for landholders' right to say no to mining and gas exploration. votes
  • Voted consistently for building Australia’s new submarine fleet in South Australia. votes
  • Voted consistently for greater public scrutiny of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. votes
  • Voted consistently against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. votes
  • Voted consistently for treating government action on climate change as a matter of urgency. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against increasing transparency of big business by making information public. votes
  • Voted consistently against making Australians working overseas repay their student debts. votes
  • Voted consistently for letting environmental groups challenge the legality of certain government decisions. votes
  • Voted consistently against revoking citizenship of dual nationals involved with terrorism offences by the minister. votes
  • Voted consistently for restricting donations to political parties. votes
  • Voted consistently for creating a federal Anti-Corruption Commission. votes
  • Voted consistently for Senate electoral reform. votes
  • Voted consistently for a fast transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against stopping tax avoidance or aggressive tax minimisation. votes
  • Voted consistently for a Royal Commission into banking. votes
  • Voted consistently for the use of strong encryption technologies. votes
  • Voted consistently for buffer zones around abortion clinics. votes
  • Voted generally against putting welfare payments onto cashless debit cards (or indue cards) on a temporary basis as a trial. votes
  • Voted consistently for speeding things along in Parliament (procedural). votes
  • Voted consistently for suspending the rules to allow a vote to happen (procedural). votes
  • Voted consistently for public transport. votes
  • Voted consistently for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). votes
  • Voted consistently against an Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing investment in the coal industry. votes
  • Voted consistently against a Free Trade Agreement with China. votes
  • Voted consistently against giving approval for mining in the Liverpool Plains. votes
  • Voted consistently against Adani's proposed Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing the Newstart Allowance rate. votes
  • Voted consistently for protecting Australian sovereignty in trade agreements. votes
  • Voted consistently for community right to say no to nuclear waste disposal sites. votes
  • Voted consistently against for increasing the Youth Allowance rate. votes
  • Voted consistently for reducing air pollution. votes
  • Voted consistently against offshore oil mining. votes
  • Voted almost always against implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. votes

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Most recent appearances in parliament

Motions: Australian Christian Lobby (4 May 2016)

“I move: That the Senate— (a) acknowledges that the Australian Christian Lobby does not represent most Christians in this country and are nothing more than a fringe group; (b) condemns the Treasurer (Mr Morrison) for attending the Australian Christian Lobby National Conference on 23 April 2016; and (c) calls on the Prime Minister (Mr Turnbull) to reject the Australian Christian Lobby's...”

Motions: Australian Christian Lobby (4 May 2016)

“The motion I am moving today seeks to expose the Australian Christian Lobby for what they are: an extremist fringe organisation that does not represent the views of a majority of Christians in this country. Honourable senators interjecting— I hear members of the Liberal and Labor parties heckling me. Well, of course, they have been running a protection racket for the ACL for a very long...”

Bills: Social Services Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2015; Second Reading (4 May 2016)

“I rise to speak on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2015. Further to the comments made by my colleague Senator Siewert, I seek to look at the implications of what is being proposed here for students. In particular, I look at schedule 3 of this bill, which amends the determination of the full-time study requirement for a student to be eligible for...”

More of Robert Simms's recent appearances

Numbers

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  • Has spoken in 47 debates in the last year — well below average amongst Senators.
  • People have made 0 comments on this Senator's speeches — below average amongst Senators.
  • 1 person is tracking whenever this Senator speaks.
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 44 times in debates — well below average amongst Senators. (Why is this here?)