How David Smith voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should allow live animal export and place minimal restrictions on it

Division David Smith Supporters vote Division outcome

4th Dec 2018, 5:01 PM – Senate Documents - Live Animal Exports - Phase out

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The majority voted in favour of a motion, which means it succeeded. Motions like these don't force the Government to do as the Senate asks, but are politically influential as they represent the bill of the Senate.

Motion text


(a) the Senate calls on the Federal Government to legislate to phase-out long-haul live sheep exports; and

(b) this resolution be communicated to the House of Representatives for concurrence.

Yes No Passed by a small majority

10th Sep 2018, 11:35 AM – Senate Animal Export Legislation Amendment (Ending Long-Haul Live Sheep Exports) Bill 2018 - Third Reading - Pass the bill

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to pass the bill in the Senate. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read the bill for a third time.

What does this bill do?

This bill was introduced to:

restrict the long haul export of live sheep and lambs during the northern hemisphere summer months of July, August or September in a five year transitional period, or at any time after that period, where the voyage is by ship and of duration exceeding 10 days, and where a place in that voyage is either the Persian Gulf or the Red Sea (regardless of whether it is the final destination).

Yes No (strong) Passed by a small majority

26th Jun 2018, 4:30 PM – Senate Motions - Live Animal Exports - Compensation and orderly phase out

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Senator Derryn Hinch (Vic). Motions like these don't make any legal changes by themselves but can be politically influential since they represent the will of the Senate.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the recent suspension of Emanuel Exports export licence by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, which is an appropriate response to the company's alleged breach of its animal welfare obligations, and

(ii) that, while it is the responsibility of each exporter to ensure it meets these obligations, remedial action should not unnecessarily punish producers; and

(b) calls on the government to:

(i) ensure that the West Australian farmers contracted to Emanuel Exports are compensated during the investigation process,

(ii) in the event Emanuel Exports is found to have breached its animal welfare obligations, urge the company to compensate farmers for their economic loss,

(iii) support the development of abattoirs throughout Australia, and

(iv) provide certainty for the future of Australian sheep producers by legislating for an orderly phase-out of the sheep live export trade.

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 1 0 50
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 2 0 20
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 0 70

*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 / 70 = 0.0%.

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