How John Alexander voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should reduce the corporate (or company) tax rate for all corporations (not just for small business)

Division John Alexander Supporters vote Division outcome

27th Mar 2017, 4:00 PM – Representatives Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan) Bill 2016 - Second Reading - Agree with the bill's main idea

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The majority voted to agree with the main idea of the bill, which means the House of Representatives can now discuss it in more detail. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read the bill for a second time.

What is the bill's main idea?

According to the bill's homepage, the main purpose of the bill is to reduce the rate of corporate (or company) tax rate. First for small businesses and then for all corporate tax entities.

More information is available in the bills digest.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

27th Mar 2017 – Representatives Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan) Bill 2016 - Second Reading - Don't agree with the bill's main idea

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Labor MP Chris Bowen, which means it failed. The motion asked the House of Representatives to refused to agree to the bill's main idea. In parliamentary jargon, the motion asked the House to refuse to read the bill for a second time.

Motion text

That all the words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

“the House declines to give the bill a second reading as the:

(1) Government has failed on fiscal policy, tripling the deficit and increasing net debt by $100 billion, and putting our hard-earned and coveted triple A credit rating at risk;

(2) Prime Minister and the Treasurer have failed to deliver the economic leadership that this country needs and deserves; and

(3) Government’s plan to give a $50 billion tax cut to big business is not affordable in the current fiscal and economic circumstances.”

What does the bill do?

According to the bill's homepage, the main purpose of the bill is to reduce the rate of corporate (or company) tax rate. First for small businesses and then for all corporate tax entities.

More information is available in the bills digest.

No No Not passed by a small majority

27th Mar 2017 – Representatives Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan) Bill 2016 - Third Reading - Pass the bill

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The majority voted to pass the bill in the House of Representatives, which means it can now go to the Senate for their consideration. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read the bill for a third time.

What does the bill do?

According to the bill's homepage, the main purpose of the bill is to reduce the rate of corporate (or company) tax rate. First for small businesses and then for all corporate tax entities.

More information is available in the bills digest.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

How "voted very strongly 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 4 200 200
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 2 20 20
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 220 220

*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 = 220 / 220 = 100%.

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