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Sean Edwards, former Senator

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  • Former Liberal Party Senator for SA
  • Became a Senator on 1 July 2011 — Federal election
  • Left Senate on 9 May 2016 — unknown

Voting record (from They Vote For You)

How Sean Edwards voted on key issues since 2006:

  • Voted consistently against same-sex marriage equality. votes
  • Voted consistently against tobacco plain packaging. votes
  • Voted consistently against a carbon price. votes
  • Voted generally against increasing scrutiny of asylum seeker management. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing trade unions' powers in the workplace. votes
  • Voted generally against implementing refugee and protection conventions. votes
  • Has never voted on recognising local government in the Constitution. votes
  • Voted generally 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 consistently against a minerals resource rent tax . votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing protection of Australia's fresh water. votes
  • Voted consistently for regional processing of asylum seekers. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing marine conservation. votes
  • Voted almost always for unconventional gas mining. 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 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 almost always against increasing protection of Aboriginal heritage sites. votes
  • Voted consistently for live animal export. votes
  • Voted consistently against carbon farming. votes
  • Voted generally for decreasing availability of welfare payments. votes
  • Voted consistently against re-approving/ re-registering agvet chemicals. votes
  • Voted consistently 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 consistently against increasing restrictions on gambling. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing fishing restrictions. votes
  • Voted generally against encouraging Australian-based industry. votes
  • Voted consistently for uranium export. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing surveillance powers. votes
  • Voted almost always against increasing access under Freedom of Information law. votes
  • Voted consistently against an NBN (using fibre to the premises). votes
  • Voted almost always against a federal inquiry into Queensland government administration. votes
  • Has never voted on offshore processing for people seeking asylum in Australia. votes
  • Voted generally 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 generally 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 consistently 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 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 consistently against decreasing the gender pay gap. votes
  • Voted consistently against greater public scrutiny of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. votes
  • Voted consistently for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. votes
  • Voted consistently against requiring Parliamentary approval of military deployments. votes
  • Voted consistently 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
  • Voted consistently for making Australians working overseas repay their student debts. votes
  • Voted consistently against letting environmental groups challenge the legality of certain government decisions. votes
  • Voted consistently 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 consistently against using natural resource wealth for the benefit of all Australians. votes
  • Voted consistently for Senate electoral reform. votes
  • Voted generally 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 almost always against protecting threatened forest and bushland habitats. votes
  • Voted consistently against a Royal Commission into banking. votes
  • Voted almost always against the use of strong encryption technologies. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing the foreign aid budget to 0.7% of Gross National Income. votes
  • Voted consistently 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
  • Voted consistently against buffer zones around abortion clinics. votes
  • Voted consistently for putting welfare payments onto cashless debit cards (or indue cards) on a temporary basis as a trial. votes
  • Voted almost always 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 federal action on public housing. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing housing affordability. votes
  • Voted consistently against ending immigration detention on Nauru. votes
  • Voted consistently for imprisoning immigration detention workers who record or reveal information from their work. votes
  • Voted consistently against putting a time limit on immigration detention. votes
  • Voted consistently against ending immigration detention on Manus Island. votes
  • Voted consistently 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 almost always against protecting citizens' privacy. votes
  • Voted consistently for an Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC). votes
  • Voted generally for increasing scrutiny of unions. votes
  • Has never voted on Preventative Detention Orders (PDOs). votes
  • Voted consistently against more scrutiny of the Australian Defence Force. votes
  • Voted consistently for increasing investment in the coal industry. votes
  • Voted consistently for a Free Trade Agreement with China. votes
  • Voted consistently against banning all investment in cluster munitions. votes
  • Voted consistently for getting rid of Sunday and public holiday penalty rates. votes
  • Voted consistently for giving approval for mining in the Liverpool Plains. votes
  • Voted consistently for Adani's proposed Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin. votes
  • Voted consistently against refugee family reunification. votes
  • Voted consistently against government action on animal & plant extinctions. votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against turning back asylum boats when possible. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing the Newstart Allowance rate. votes
  • Voted consistently for making more water from Murray-Darling Basin available to use. votes
  • Voted consistently for a declared area offence. votes
  • Voted consistently for nuclear energy. votes
  • Voted consistently against increasing political transparency. votes
  • Voted consistently against protecting Australian sovereignty in trade agreements. votes
  • Has never voted on community right to say no to nuclear waste disposal sites. votes
  • Voted consistently for Australia's timber industry. votes
  • Voted consistently against for increasing the Youth Allowance rate. votes
  • Voted consistently against reducing air pollution. votes
  • Voted consistently for offshore oil mining. votes

Read about how the voting record is decided.

Most recent appearances in parliament

Questions without Notice: Budget (4 May 2016)

“Mr President, I ask a further supplementary question. Is the minister aware of any alternative approaches, and what would their effect be on jobs and growth?”

Questions without Notice: Budget (4 May 2016)

“Mr President, I ask a supplementary question. I ask the minister how the government is encouraging small businesses to invest and employ more Australians?”

Questions without Notice: Budget (4 May 2016)

“My question is to the Minister for Finance, the Minister representing the Treasurer, Senator Cormann. Can the minister update the Senate on the government's plan for jobs and growth in our economy?”

More of Sean Edwards's recent appearances

Numbers

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  • Has spoken in 66 debates in the last year — below average amongst Senators.
  • People have made 2 comments on this Senator's speeches — average amongst Senators.
  • 3 people are tracking whenever this Senator speaks.
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 184 times in debates — below average amongst Senators. (Why is this here?)