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Sandy Macdonald, former Senator

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  • Former National Party Senator for NSW
  • Became a Senator on 1 July 1993 — Federal election
  • Left Senate on 30 June 2008 — retired

Voting record (from They Vote For You)

How Sandy Macdonald voted on key issues since 2006:

  • Voted consistently against same-sex marriage equality. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing scrutiny of asylum seeker management. votes
  • Has never voted on government administered paid parental leave. votes
  • Voted consistently against implementing refugee and protection conventions. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing competition in bulk wheat export. votes
  • Voted consistently against recognising local government in the Constitution. votes
  • Voted consistently for voluntary student union fees. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing protection of Australia's fresh water. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing marine conservation. votes
  • Voted consistently against restricting foreign ownership. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing investment in renewable energy. votes
  • Voted consistently for privatising government assets. votes
  • Voted consistently against stem cell research. votes
  • Voted consistently against more scrutiny of intelligence services & police. votes
  • Voted almost always against decreasing the private health insurance rebate. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing the age pension. votes
  • Voted generally against extending government benefits to same-sex couples. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing protection of Aboriginal heritage sites. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing availability of abortion drugs. votes
  • Voted generally for the Intervention in the Northern Territory. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing fishing restrictions. votes
  • Has never voted on encouraging Australian-based industry. votes
  • Voted consistently for uranium export. votes
  • Voted generally for increasing surveillance powers. 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 increasing accessibility of government data and documents. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing the diversity of media ownership. votes
  • Voted consistently against decreasing the gender pay gap. votes
  • Has never voted on treating government action on climate change as a matter of urgency. votes
  • Voted consistently against 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 protecting whistleblowers. votes
  • Voted almost always against a fast transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. votes
  • Has never voted on 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 for increasing parliamentary entitlements for current MPs and Senators. votes
  • Voted generally against local community consultation on infrastructure projects. votes
  • Voted consistently against maintaining or increasing CSIRO funding. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing housing affordability. votes
  • Has never voted on protecting the Great Barrier Reef. votes
  • Voted consistently against public transport. votes
  • Voted consistently against protecting citizens' privacy. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing investment in the coal industry. votes
  • Voted consistently against closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. votes
  • Has never voted on equal treatment for all couples. votes
  • Has never voted on a citizenship test. votes
  • Has never voted on increasing federal government support for childcare. votes
  • Voted consistently against government action on animal & plant extinctions. votes
  • Voted consistently for making more water from Murray-Darling Basin available to use. votes
  • Voted consistently against promoting multiculturalism. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing political transparency. votes
  • Voted consistently for Australia's timber industry. votes
  • Voted consistently against for increasing the Youth Allowance rate. votes
  • Voted consistently against investing in climate science. votes
  • Voted consistently against implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. votes

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Most recent appearances in parliament

Committees: Treaties Committee; Report (19 Jun 2008)

“On behalf of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, I present report No. 92 of the committee, Treaty tabled on 4 June 2008, andmove: That the Senate take note of the report. Report No. 92 contains the recommendation by the committee that binding treaty action be taken in relation to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This convention will promote,...”

Questions without Notice: Zimbabwe (18 Jun 2008)

“My question is to the Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator Evans. Minister, can you inform the Senate of what measures the government has taken to send Australian election observers to Zimbabwe, to assist with the monitoring of the second round of presidential elections on 27 June, either individually or as part of the international community? If the government has not made...”

Valedictory: (17 Jun 2008)

“We were on holidays together.”

More of Sandy Macdonald's recent appearances

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