How David Coleman voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase investment in renewable energy technologies

Division David Coleman Supporters vote Division outcome

14th Sep 2016, 11:17 AM – Representatives Budget Savings (Omnibus) Bill 2016 - Consideration in Detail - Maintain Australian Renewable Energy Agency funding

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The majority voted against a motion to delete Schedule 5 from the bill, which means it was unsuccessful and that Schedule 5 will remain in the bill.

What does this schedule do?

The purpose of Schedule 5 is to reduce funding to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. According to the bills digest, this:

giv[es] effect to the Government’s policy to discontinue providing grants for renewable energy research and development in favour of a limited new loans and equity investment scheme known as the Clean Energy Innovation Fund

Motion text

(1) Schedule 5, page 18 (lines 1 to 7), omit the Schedule.

No Yes Not passed by a large majority

1st Sep 2014, 8:05 PM – Representatives Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Repeal) Bill 2014 — Second Reading — Criticise abolition of ARENA

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Labor MP Mark Butler, which means that it was rejected.

The motion criticised the government's plan to abolish the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). However, it did not go so far as to decline to give the bill a second reading. When the House gives a bill a second reading, it means that the majority of the House agrees with the main idea of the bill.

Background to the bill

The bill was introduced to abolish the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), which is an independent agency that was established in 2012 to manage the government's renewable energy programs. It has two objectives:

  • to improve the competitiveness of renewable energy technologies; and
  • to increase the supply of renewable energy in Australia.
No Yes Not passed by a small majority

1st Sep 2014 – Representatives Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Repeal) Bill 2014 - Second Reading - Read a second time

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to read the bill for a second time. This means that the majority agree with the main idea of the bill and that the members can now discuss it in more detail.

Background to the bill

The bill was introduced to abolish the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA),(Read more about ARENA on the organisation's website.) which is an independent agency that was established in 2012 to manage the government's renewable energy programs. It has two objectives:

  • to improve the competitiveness of renewable energy technologies; and
  • to increase the supply of renewable energy in Australia.
Yes No Passed by a small majority

14th Jul 2014, 5:52 PM – Representatives Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2014 — Consideration in Detail — Restore funding to ARENA

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The majority voted against a motion "that the amendments moved by the member for Melbourne (Greens MP Adam Bandt) be agreed to", which means that they were rejected.

Mr Bandt explained that the amendments were introduced to restore funding to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency ('ARENA'),(Read Mr Bandt's full explanation of his amendments here. ) which is an independent agency that was set up to manage the government's renewable energy programs. The Liberal Government has announced plans to axe ARENA as part of its budget.(Read more about the Government's plant to axe ARENA here on ABC News. )

Background to the bills

The Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2014 and related bills were introduced to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, which was introduced by the Australian Labor Party while in government. The Coalition described the mechanism as a “carbon tax” and removing it was a key policy platform during the 2013 election.(You can read more about the Coalition's policy to remove the carbon price here. )

The carbon pricing mechanism commenced on 1 July 2012.(For more information on the carbon pricing mechanism and how it works, please see the Clean Energy Regulator’s website. ) It is an emissions trading scheme that puts a price on carbon emissions. It applies to “liable entities” (a group that includes companies that emit a high level of greenhouse gases). Initially the price of carbon is fixed by the mechanism but from 1 July 2015 the price will be set by the market, though the Labor Government did announce plans to bring this forward to 1 July 2014 just before they were defeated by the Coalition in the 2013 election.

This is the third time that this package of bills have been introduced. The first time, they were rejected in the Senate during the third reading stage.(See that division here. ) The second time, they were rejected in the Senate during the committee stage.(See that division here. Read more about this second rejection of this package of bills on ABC News here or on the World Today here.)

The bills included in this package are the following:

No Yes Not passed by a small majority

27th Mar 2014, 1:09 PM – Representatives Clean Energy Finance Corporation (Abolition) Bill 2013 [No. 2] - Third Reading - Read a third time

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to read the bill for a third time.(Read more about the stages a bill must pass through here. )

This means that the majority agreed to pass the bill in the House and that it will now be sent to the Senate for their consideration.

Background

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (Abolition) Bill 2013 (No. 2) was introduced after the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (Abolition) Bill 2013 was rejected in the Senate last year.(See that division here.)

The bill has been introduced to abolish the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, which was created by the previous Labor Government with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Bill 2012. It is a fund dedicated to investing in renewable energy generation.

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Yes No Passed by a small majority

How "voted very strongly against" is worked out

The MP's votes count towards a weighted average where the most important votes get 50 points, less important votes get 10 points, and less important votes for which the MP was absent get 2 points. In important votes the MP gets awarded the full 50 points for voting the same as the policy, 0 points for voting against the policy, and 25 points for not voting. In less important votes, the MP gets 10 points for voting with the policy, 0 points for voting against, and 1 (out of 2) if absent.

Then, the number gets converted to a simple english language phrase based on the range of values it's within.

No of votes Points Out of
Most important votes (50 points)      
MP voted with policy 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 5 0 50
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 0 50

*Pressure of other work means MPs or Senators are not always available to vote – it does not always indicate they have abstained. Therefore, being absent on a less important vote makes a disproportionatly small difference.

Agreement score = MP's points / total points = 0 / 50 = 0.0%.

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