How David Smith 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 David Smith Supporters vote Division outcome

2nd Apr 2019, 5:29 PM – Senate Motions - Climate Change - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Victorian Senator Janet Rice (Greens) to suspend the usual procedural rules to let a vote happen. In parliamentary jargon, they voted against suspending standing orders.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Rice from moving a motion to provide for consideration of that motion.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

14th Feb 2019, 12:44 PM – Senate Motions - Queensland Nickel - Suspend usual rules

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules (known as standing orders) so that Queensland Senator Pauline Hanson (One Nation) can introduce her motion on Queensland Nickel, which means Senator Hanson won't be able to do so.

In parliamentary jargon, they voted against the following motion:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the motion being moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

6th Dec 2018, 2:32 PM – Senate Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018 - Second Reading - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to ignore the usual procedural rules so that Senator Cory Bernardi (SA) can move an amendment. In parliamentary jargon, the motion was:

That so much of standing orders be suspended as would prevent me from moving my foreshadowed second reading amendment.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

4th Dec 2018, 5:05 PM – Senate Documents - Queensland: Abortion - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual laws (known as standing orders) to let a vote happen, which means the vote won't happen.

Because the vote related to abortion, which is considered a matter of conscience, the Liberal Party held a free vote, which is when its members can vote either way depending on their own conscience.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

26th Nov 2018, 4:23 PM – Senate Motions - Suspension of Standing Orders - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual rules, which means it failed. In parliamentary jargon, they voted against suspending standing orders. It was introduced by South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi (Australian Conservatives).

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent me moving a motion that general business notice of motion No. 1212 may be moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a large majority

17th Oct 2018, 4:23 PM – Senate Motions - Suspension of Standing Orders - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against letting Senator Fraser Anning introduce a motion about Jerusalem being Israel's capital.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent me from moving a motion that general business notice of motion no. 1141 may be moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

absent Yes (strong) Not passed by a large majority

15th Oct 2018, 3:22 PM – Senate Documents - Religious Freedom Review Expert Panel; Order for the Production of Documents - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual rules to allow a vote to happen. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to suspend the standing orders.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended, as would prevent me from moving a motion relating to consideration of a matter, namely a motion relating to an order for the production of a document.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

15th Oct 2018, 11:11 AM – Senate Motions — Suspension of Standing Orders

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual rules to allow a vote to happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Hinch from moving a motion relating to the consideration of a matter, namely a motion relating to discrimination by independent schools.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

20th Aug 2018, 4:20 PM – Senate Motions - Suspension of Standing Orders

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual rules so that a vote can happen. In parliamentary jargon:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the motion being moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

15th Aug 2018, 10:48 AM – Senate Motions - Anning, Senator Fraser; Censure - Let vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual rules to allow a vote to happen. In the usual parliamentary language, the motion was:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Australian Greens moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter; namely, a motion to give precedence to a motion relating to the censure of Senator Anning.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

25th Jun 2018, 4:53 PM – Senate Motions - Suspension of Standing Orders - Let Senator McKim introduce his motion

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The majority voted against suspending the usual procedural rules (known as standing orders) so that Greens Senator Nick McKim can introduce a motion.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Senator McKim moving a motion relating to the conduct of the business of the Senate, namely a motion to give precedence to general business notice of motion No. 878 which relates to the policy of US President Trump to forcibly separate families of people seeking asylum in the US.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a modest 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 48 2400 2400
MP voted against policy 24 0 1200
MP absent 13 325 650
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: 2725 4250

*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 = 2725 / 4250 = 64%.

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