How Ged Kearney voted compared to someone who believes that Members of Parliament (MPs) and Senators should vote to speed things along by supporting motions to 'put the question' (known as 'closure' or 'gag' motions), which require Parliament to immediately vote on a question rather than debating it any further

Division Ged Kearney Supporters vote Division outcome

21st Feb 2019, 12:31 PM – Representatives Future Drought Fund Bill 2018, Future Drought Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2018 - Second Reading - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to speed things along. In parliamentary jargon, they voted in favour of the motion "That the question be now put." This means that the debate on the question will end so the House can vote on it immediately.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

12th Feb 2019, 6:05 PM – Representatives Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018 - Consideration of Senate Message - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to put the question. In other words, they voted in favour of speeding things along.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

12th Feb 2019, 5:34 PM – Representatives Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018 - Consideration of Senate Message - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of putting the question. In other words, they voted in favour of speeding things along by voting on the motion now rather than debating any further.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

6th Dec 2018, 1:04 PM – Representatives Treasury Laws Amendment (Prohibiting Energy Market Misconduct) Bill 2018 - Second Reading - Speed thing along

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The majority voted against a motion to speed things along. In parliamentary jargon, they voted:

That the question be now put.

Motion like these stop debate and force the House to vote on the relevant motion immediately.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

5th Dec 2018, 5:05 PM – Representatives Treasury Laws Amendment (Prohibiting Energy Market Misconduct) Bill 2018 - Second Reading - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to put the question. These types of motions are known as gagging motions because they end debate and force the House to vote on the question under discussion, which in this case was on whether to delay debate on this bill until later.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

5th Dec 2018, 11:31 AM – Representatives Resolutions of the Senate - Live Animal Exports; Consideration of Senate Message - Speed things along

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The majority voted against a motion to speed things along. In parliamentary jargon, the motion was:

That the question be now put.

Because the majority voted against this, the debate on this matter could continue.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

26th Jun 2018, 4:51 PM – Representatives Taxation Administration Amendment (Corporate Tax Entity Information) Bill 2018 - First Reading - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of speeding things along by stopping debate and voting on the question immediately. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to 'put the question'.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

21st Jun 2018, 10:10 AM – Representatives Treasury Laws Amendment (Personal Income Tax Plan) Bill 2018 - Consideration of Senate Message - Put the motion

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to put the question. In other words, they wanted to speed things along.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

21st Jun 2018, 9:42 AM – Representatives Treasury Laws Amendment (Personal Income Tax Plan) Bill 2018 - Consideration of Senate Message - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of of a motion "that the amendments be considered immediately". In other words, they voted to speed things along.

No Yes Passed by a small majority

21st Jun 2018, 9:36 AM – Representatives Treasury Laws Amendment (Personal Income Tax Plan) Bill 2018 - Consideration of Senate Message - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to 'put the question'. In other words, they voted to end discussion and vote on the question immediately.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

18th Jun 2018, 12:59 PM – Representatives Treasury Laws Amendment (Axe the Tampon Tax) Bill 2018 - First Reading - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to "put the question". In other words, they voted to end debate on whether to postpone debate on this bill and vote immediately on that question.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

How "voted 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 3 150 150
MP voted against policy 34 0 1700
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 1 0 10
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 150 1860

*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 = 150 / 1860 = 8.1%.

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