How Gladys Liu voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should address the causes and consequences of climate change as a matter of urgency by, for example, lowering emissions and investing in science and technology

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22nd Jul 2019, 9:26 PM – Representatives Future Drought Fund Bill 2019 - Second Reading - Climate crisis

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by the MP for Melbourne Adam Bandt (Greens), which means it failed. The motion would have amended an earlier motion introduced by Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon.

Motion text

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


(3) notes that the Bureau of Meteorology has said:

(a) the current drought in the Murray Darling Basin is the most severe in 120 years of records; and

(b) that climate change is a significant cause of the severity of the drought; and

(4) calls on the Government to recognise that we are in the middle of a climate crisis, which has implications for droughts in this country".

No Yes Not passed by a small majority

How "voted consistently 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 1 0 10
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 0 10

*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 / 10 = 0.0%.

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