How Michelle Landry voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase funding for the vocational education sector, which includes TAFEs, apprenticeships and traineeships

Division Michelle Landry Supporters vote Division outcome

10th Jun 2020, 7:12 PM – Representatives National Skills Commissioner Bill 2020 - Second Reading - Keep second reading motion unchanged

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The majority voted in favour of keeping unchanged the original second reading motion, which is "that the bill be read for a second time" (parliamentary jargon for agreeing with the main idea of the bill).

The MP for Sydney Tanya Plibersek had proposed to amend this motion with the text below.

Amendment text

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

"whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House notes that the Government:

(1) has damaged and neglected Australia's vocational education and training system, cutting over $3 billion from TAFE and training;

(2) is presiding over a disastrous decline in apprenticeships and traineeships; and

(3) is failing to work with employers, unions and TAFEs to rebuild Australia's world-class vocational education system".

absent No Passed by a small majority

10th Feb 2020, 7:10 PM – Representatives Student Identifiers Amendment (Enhanced Student Permissions) Bill 2019 - Second Reading - Support vocational education

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The majority voted against an amendment to the usual second reading motion, which is "that the bill be read for a second time". Reading a bill for a second time is parliamentary jargon for agreeing with the main idea of the bill.

Amendment text

"whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House notes that, under the Coalition Government, Australia's vocational education and training system is failing kids, workers, businesses and the economy, as demonstrated by presiding over a skills crisis where:

(1) 150,000 apprentices and trainees have been lost;

(2) more than $3 billion has been cut from TAFE and training;

(3) the Government has short-changed TAFE and training by nearly $1 billion; and

(4) our regions have been left behind while unemployment increases".

No Yes Not passed by a small majority

10th Feb 2020, 5:46 PM – Representatives Trade Support Loans Amendment (Improving Administration) Bill 2019 - Second Reading - Support vocational education

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The majority voted against an amendment to the usual second reading motion, which means it failed.

Motion text

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

"whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House notes that the Government has failed students, workers, business and the economy by:

(1) presiding over a national shortage in skilled tradespeople, noting that the number of Australians doing an apprenticeship or traineeship is lower today than it was a decade ago;

(2) failing to tackle falling completion rates, as there are more people dropping out of apprenticeships and traineeships than finishing them; and

(3) cutting TAFE and training by over $3 billion and short-changing vocational education by nearly $1 billion".

No Yes Not passed by a small majority

24th Oct 2019 – Representatives Education Legislation Amendment (Tuition Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2019 and two others - Second Reading - State of TAFE and universities

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The majority voted against an amendment to the usual second reading motion, which is that the bills be read for a second time (parliamentary jargon for agreeing with the main idea of the bills). The amendment was introduced by Cooper MP Ged Kearney (Labor).

Amendment text

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

"whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House notes that:

(1) the Government has:

(a) damaged the quality of Australia's world-class higher education and vocational training system;

(b) cut funding to TAFE and training;

(c) let apprentice numbers fall; and

(d) presided over a national shortage in skilled tradespeople; and

(2) Australians deserve excellent TAFEs and universities and the Government has gutted both

No Yes Not 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 0 0 0
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 3 0 30
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 1 1 2
Total: 1 32

*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 = 1 / 32 = 3.1%.

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