How Ged Kearney voted compared to someone who believes that Members of Parliament (MPs) and Senators should vote to suspend standing and sessional orders (that is, the procedural rules of Parliament) so that their colleagues can introduce motions for Parliament to vote on even when the the procedural rules would prevent them from doing so

Division Ged Kearney Supporters vote Division outcome

3rd Apr 2019, 10:03 AM – Representatives Motions - Budget - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by McMahon MP Chris Bowen (ALP), which means it failed.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the member for McMahon moving the following motion immediately:

That the House notes that:

(1) after six years of cuts and chaos under this Liberal government, Australia is doing it tough;

(b) in last night's budget, the Treasurer delivered an energy payment which left out thousands of Australians who rely on government payments, including Abstudy, Austudy, double orphan pension, Newstart allowance, parenting payment partnered, partner allowance, sickness allowance, special benefit, widow allowance, wife pension, youth allowance and veteran payment;

(c) on radio this morning, less than 24 hours after he delivered his budget, the Treasurer caved in to pressure from Labor and back flipped, saying that Australians on Newstart will now receive the energy supplement;

(d) in just a few minutes, the government will introduce legislation that now extends the payment to all the people the government had previously left out in its budget;

(e) the government's backflip has already blown an $80 million hole in the budget; and

(f) the government's budget is unravelling less than 24 hours after it was delivered; and

(2) therefore condemns this government for:

(a) six years of cuts and chaos, which has only continued in the last 24 hours; and

(b) only looking after the top end of town and treating vulnerable Australians as an afterthought.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

21st Feb 2019, 10:39 AM – Representatives Motions - Dairy Industry - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules (known as standing orders) to let a vote happen.

Motion text

That so much of standing orders be suspended as would prevent the member for Kennedy from moving the following motion immediately:

That the House:

(1)notes that:

(a)it was the National Party which deregulated the dairy industry taking the farmers income from 59c a litre down to 41c a litre;

(b)at the announcement of deregulation there were over 230 dairy farmers on the Atherton Tablelands, now there are 51;

(c)neither the ALP or LNP will introduce arbitration for farmers;

(d)for supply and demand in the free market to work there must be an unlimited number of sellers and buyers; and

(e)dairy farmers in North Queensland have only one processor to sell to and in the whole of Australia effectively only two buyers of milk—the supermarket duopoly; and

(2)therefore, condemns both sides of politics in creating misery and heartache where dairy farmers are the victims of the free market 'fundamentalists' in this House.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

21st Feb 2019, 10:02 AM – Representatives Motions - Dairy Industry - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules (known as standing orders) to let a vote happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Member for Hunter from moving the following motion forthwith—That the House:

(1) notes that:

(a) this Government is telling Australians to boycott milk produced by Australia's dairy farmers; and

(b) Australia is now the only country in the world with a Government that is telling consumers to boycott its own nation's produce; and

(2) therefore, condemns this Government for hurting Australian farmers when they are already doing it tough.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

20th Feb 2019, 3:35 PM – Representatives Motions - Government Procurement - Suspend rules to let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Rankin MP Jim Chalmers (Labor), which means MP Chalmers won't be able to introduce the motion he wanted as set out below.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the member for Rankin from moving the following motion forthwith:

That the House:

(1) notes that:

(a) yesterday, it was revealed the Finance Minister received free flights to Singapore from Helloworld, which he booked by calling the CEO of this ASX listed company directly, just before it was awarded a multimillion dollar whole-of-government contract by the Minister's own Department;

(b) today, it's been reported that US Ambassador Joe Hockey—who has a million dollar shareholding in Helloworld – helped a Helloworld subsidiary lobby for the Embassy's travel contract;

(c) the CEO of Helloworld and one of its largest shareholders Andrew Burnes is a Liberal Party heavyweight and current Liberal Party Treasurer, with connections to a number of Liberal Party politicians;

(d) the Finance Minister told Senate Estimates yesterday that he had 'a close personal relationship' with Mr Burnes;

(e) Mr Burnes was previously a colleague of the now Prime Minister during the Prime Minister's time at Tourism Australia;

(f) since being awarded Government contracts, the share price of Helloworld has skyrocketed, making shareholders like Mr Hockey and Mr Burnes rich; and

(g) this morning, it was reported that the Herald Sun asked almost all of the 82 Liberal MPs in Parliament whether they had received free travel from Helloworld, but only 14 said they had not; and

(2) therefore, calls on the Prime Minister to investigate and report to the House how far this Helloworld scandal reaches into his Government.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

6th Dec 2018, 3:32 PM – Representatives Motions - Energy - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual rules (known as standing orders) to let a vote happen. It was introduced by Labor Senator Chris Bowen, meaning it failed.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for McMahon from moving the following motion immediately—

That the House:

(1) notes:

(a) the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Governments have failed to provide a consistent energy policy for Australia;

(b) that the Government has embraced respectively, before each policy was abandoned:

(i) an emissions intensity scheme;

(ii) a clean energy target;

(iii) at least six different versions of the national energy guarantee; and

(iv) three different versions of divestment just this week,

(c) the Government's most recent attempt at forced divestment policy has been panned by experts as increasing sovereign risk, chilling investment and putting upward pressure on power prices;

(d) that the divestment policy had to be completely rewritten to remove the power to order divestiture from the Treasurer to the courts;

(e) that the legislation tabled by the Treasurer yesterday allows for the privatisation of energy assets if divestiture is forced in relation to a government owned asset;

(f) that the Treasurer and other Government ministers have continually denied this is the case despite the legislation being clear on this point;

(g) that the Member for Kennedy has moved an amendment, seconded by the Member for Dawson, which seeks to ban privatisations as part of a divestiture process, which confirms that the current bill does not; and

(2) condemns the Government for their complete failure in energy policy, their botched divestiture policy and for seeking privatisation by stealth.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

3rd Dec 2018, 12:28 PM – Representatives Motions - Morrison Government, Women in Parliament - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion moved by the Deputy Leader of the Opposition Tanya Plibersek, which means it failed.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Sydney from moving the following motion immediately—That the House:

(1) notes that the:

(a) Member for Hughes has threatened to quit the Government and move to the crossbench unless his Liberal Party preselection is protected;

(b) Prime Minister is tearing the Government apart to protect the Member for Hughes but did nothing to protect the Member for Ryan, the Member for Gilmore, Senator Gichuhi or the Member for Chisholm; and

(c) Minister for Women has said the Liberal Party is widely seen as "Homophobic, anti-women, climate change deniers"; and

(2) therefore, reprimands the Prime Minister for only ever protecting the men in his party and abandoning its women.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

29th Nov 2018, 3:13 PM – Representatives Motions - Morrison Government - Suspend rules to let vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules (known as standing orders) to let a vote happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Opposition from moving the following motion immediately:

That the House:

1. notes that since moving on Malcolm Turnbull, the Government has:

a. cancelled Parliament because it couldn't decide who was Prime Minister;

b. lost two Government Members, with at least one more on the way;

c. been forced into minority Government, which the Government previously said would create uncertainty in our economy and instability for the country;

d. created the first part-time Parliament in the history of Federation by scheduling just 10 sitting days in eight months;

e. cancelled the Treasurer's trip to the G20;

f. voted for a National Integrity Commission even though it doesn't support one;

g. voted against tougher 15 year jail sentences for corporate criminals;

h. abandoned the National Energy Guarantee – a policy which was designed by the Treasurer, which the Prime Minister promised would lead to lower electricity prices, and which the Member for Curtin still supports;

i. been described by the Minister for Women as "homophobic, anti-women, climate-change deniers"; and

j. been described by its own Prime Minister as "The Muppet Show"; and

2. therefore calls on this ramshackle, reactionary Government to stop fighting itself and start focussing on the needs of the Australian people.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

17th Oct 2018, 5:55 PM – Representatives Motions - Minister for the Environment - Let a vote happen

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The same number of representatives voted for and against the motion. As the Speaker explained:

As members would be aware, in these circumstances I issue a casting vote. Normally that vote, according to the principles, would be that the motion doesn't have a majority and the status quo remains, but I think, in line with earlier precedents, I won't exercise a casting vote because the motion is to suspend standing orders and it fails because it doesn't have an absolute majority. So we'll just declare it lost.

In other words, the motion did not succeed as it couldn't reach majority

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Watson from moving the following motion immediately—That the House:

(1) notes:

(a) in the House today, the Environment Minister categorically denied reports that last night she said to the former President of Kiribati "I know why you're here. It is for the cash. For the Pacific it's always about the cash. I have my cheque book here. How much do you want?";

(b) however, multiple sources have confirmed to journalists that the Minister did in fact say those words;

(c) the Minister also told the House today during Question Time that only "a small amount of money" could be spent on administration under the Government's almost half a billion dollar Great Barrier Reef grant and that administration costs were capped at five per cent;

(d) however, under the Government's grant agreement up to 10 per cent of the entire grant can be spent on administration by the Foundation itself and a further 10 per cent of any grant money provided to subcontractors can be spent on administration as well, which means that more than $80 million can be spent on administration; and

(e) immediately before providing this incorrect information, the Minister was handed a note by the Prime Minister which she appeared to rely on during her answer when she falsely claimed that administration costs were capped at five per cent—an amount $60 million lower than what is the case; and

(2) therefore, calls on the Environment Minister to:

(a) attend the House to correct her answers as she is required to do under the Prime Minister's Ministerial Standards; and

(b) advise the House whether any of the incorrect information she provided was as a result of the note handed to her by the Prime Minister.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

16th Oct 2018, 4:19 PM – Representatives Motions - Racism - Suspend the usual rules to allow a vote to happen

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The majority voted against a motion, which means it failed.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Watson from moving t he following motion immediately:

That the House rejects the resolution put to the Senate yesterday which included a white supremacist slogan that is also used by hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

20th Sep 2018, 12:14 PM – Representatives Motions - Minister for Home Affairs - Suspend standing orders

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules of Parliament (known as standing orders) to let a vote take place, which means the vote won't happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Melbourne from moving—That this House has no confidence in the Minister for Home Affairs.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

12th Sep 2018, 10:19 AM – Representatives Motions - Morrison Government - Suspend rules to let vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the rules to allow a vote to happen, which means the vote doesn't take place. In parliamentary jargon, they voted against suspending standing and sessional orders.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

10th Sep 2018, 9:15 PM – Representatives Motions - Morrison Government - Suspend standing orders

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual rules to let a vote happen, which means the vote won't take place. In parliamentary jargon, they voted against suspending the standing orders.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

21st Jun 2018, 10:45 AM – Representatives Motions - Taxation - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual rules (known as standing orders) to let a vote happen, which means the vote will not take place.

Motion text

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Manager of Opposition Business from moving the following motion immediately:

That the House

(1) notes that

(a) gross debt has grown to a record half a trillion dollars under this government;

(b) last night, in an act of gross incompetence, this government teamed up with Senator Pauline Hanson's One Nation to vote to support a bill which abolished all income tax rates from 2024. This is the latest act from a government consumed by chaos and incompetence which has outsourced all economic policy to Pauline Hanson's One Nation;

(c) for years One Nation has advocated flat tax. Last night the government adopted this policy and set the rate at zero;

(d) the government has also dealt with bracket creep by abolishing every single tax bracket; and

(e) the bill which was supported last night at the third reading stage by the government and One Nation will open up a budget black hole of $240 billion every single year once implemented; and

(2) condemns this government for its gross economic incompetence.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

22nd May 2018, 3:18 PM – Representatives Motions - Turnbull Government; Pauline Hanson's One Nation - Let vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual parliamentary rules (known as standing orders) to allow a vote to happen, which means the vote will not occur.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Watson from moving the following motion forthwith—That the House:

(1) notes it has been revealed today that the Government has made a secret deal with Senator Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party to give an $80 billion handout to big business but the Prime Minister won’t tell the Australian people:

(a) the details of its secret deal;

(b) the cost of its secret deal; and

(c) if its secret deal is even accounted for in the Budget;

(2) further notes that since Senator Pauline Hanson returned to the Australian Parliament, and without notice to the Australian people at the last election, this Government has:

(a) attempted to weaken race hate laws;

(b) attempted to introduce a university-level English test for citizenship; and

(c) refused to commit to putting One Nation last; and

(3) therefore, calls on this Prime Minister to stop making secret deals with One Nation and join Labor in putting One Nation last.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

8th May 2018, 4:24 PM – Representatives Motions - Economy - Suspend standing orders

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The majority voted against letting a vote happen. In parliamentary jargon, they voted against suspending standing orders (the procedural rules of Parliament) so that Labor MP Chris Bowen could move a particular motion. Since this vote was unsuccessful, Mr Bowen was not able to proceed with his motion.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for McMahon from moving the following motion forthwith—That the House:

(1) notes:

(a) before coming to office, the Coalition railed about a debt and deficit disaster;

(b) global economic conditions are the best they've been in years, with the International Monetary Fund stating "120 economies, accounting for three quarters of world GDP, have seen a pickup in growth in year-on-year terms in 2017, the broadest synchronized global growth upsurge since 2010";

(c) since this conservative Government came to office gross debt has increased to a record half a trillion dollars and is expected to be even higher in tonight's Budget with no peak in sight;

(d) net debt has doubled and is growing as a proportion of the economy more rapidly than almost every other advanced economy; and

(e) last night on 7.30, former Howard Government Treasurer, Peter Costello, said that he would be dead before the Government paid back its debt; and

(2) therefore, condemns this conservative Government for giving up on Budget repair and for its failure to address the long-term structural problems in the Budget.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

How "voted moderately for" 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 33 1650 1650
MP voted against policy 9 0 450
MP absent 1 25 50
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 1675 2150

*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 = 1675 / 2150 = 78%.

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