How Anne Aly 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 Anne Aly Supporters vote Division outcome

25th Jul 2019, 3:19 PM – Representatives Motions — Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against suspending the usual procedural orders so that Watson MP Tony Burke (Labor) could move a motion (see below). In parliamentary jargon, they voted to suspend the standing orders.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Watson from moving the following motion immediately—That the House calls on the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction to immediately make a statement to the House for a period not exceeding 20 minutes explaining:

(1) why he met with Department of the Environment and Energy officials and the office of the then Minister for the Environment and Energy, and now Treasurer, in March 2017 to discuss the listing of a critically endangered grasslands while the department was investigating the alleged poisoning of the same grasslands on land he part-owned;

(2) why, and how, an officer from the compliance unit of the department responsible for the investigation was present at the March 2017 meeting;

(3) why, following the meeting, the office of the then Minister for Environment and Energy asked for advice on whether he could vary the relevant listing without the advice of the Threatened Species Scientific Committee, whether he could act against the Committee's advice and whether he could keep the reasons for the variation secret;

(4) why, despite stating that his interest in Jam Land Pty Ltd was declared in accordance with the rules, he has failed to list his indirect interest in Jam Land Pty Ltd on his Member's Statement of Registrable Interests;

(5) what declarations, if any, the Minister has made to the Department of the Environment and Energy, the office of the then Minister for the Environment and Energy and the Prime Minister about his interest in the land subject to a compliance investigation by the Department of the Environment and Energy; and

(6) how his conduct is consistent with the Statement of Ministerial Standards.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

24th Jul 2019, 9:50 AM – Representatives Motions - Pensions and Benefits - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against suspending the usual procedural rules (known as standing orders) so that MP for Rankin Jim Chalmers can move his motion.

Motion text

That so much of standing orders be suspended as would prevent the member for Rankin from moving the following motion immediately:

That the House:

(1) notes that:

(a) the Member for Hughes has called for the family home to be included in the pension assets test, meaning more retirees will be pushed off the pension, out of their homes or both;

(b) twelve members of the Government have now called for changes to the legislated increase to the superannuation guarantee;

(c) the Government has already short-changed pensioners by refusing to properly adjust deeming rates for years despite five interest rate cuts;

(d) the Government made a deal with the Greens to change the pension asset test, which meant that the pension was cut for 370,000 pensioners, with 88,000 losing their pension altogether;

(e) the Government tried to scrap the Energy Supplement for years, meaning 1.5 million pensioners would have had their payments cut;

(f) the Government has repeatedly sought to raise the pension age to 70;

(g) the Government tried to cut pension indexation in the 2014 Budget, which would have forced pensioners to live on $80 a week less within ten years; and

(h) the Government cut $1 billion from pensioner concessions in the 2014 Budget; and

(2) therefore, condemns the Government for undermining the retirement incomes of millions of Australians.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

22nd Jul 2019, 3:23 PM – Representatives Motions - Ministerial Conduct - Suspend the rules to consider a motion

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by the MP for Watson Tony Burke (Labor), which means it failed.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Watson from moving the following motion forthwith:

That the House:

(1) notes that:

(a) today, the Prime Minister provided a letter to the Senate and the House from his departmental secretary relating to the inquiry into the compliance of former ministers Christopher Pyne and Julie Bishop with the Ministerial Standards;

(b) the letter advised the Prime Minister that Ms Bishop told the secretary she had no contact with Palladium as Minister for Foreign Affairs;

(c) Ms Bishop appeared in a video filmed in her ministerial office and published on Palladium's FaceBook page on 9 June 2017 titled "Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop commends Shared Value and Palladium's Business Partnership Platform";

(d) during the period Ms Bishop was Minister for Foreign Affairs the company Palladium and its related entities entered into contracts with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade valued at over $600 million;

(e) the integrity of this Government is linked to the observance and enforcement of the Ministerial Standards; and

(f) unanswered questions remain in relation to the relationship between Ms Bishop and the departmental contractor on whose board she now sits and the rigour of the inquiry by the Prime Minister's departmental secretary; and

(2) therefore, calls on the Prime Minister to direct his departmental secretary to re-open his inquiry into former Minister Bishop.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

3rd Apr 2019, 10:03 AM – Representatives Motions - Budget - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by McMahon MP Chris Bowen (ALP), which means it failed.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the member for McMahon moving the following motion immediately:

That the House notes that:

(1) after six years of cuts and chaos under this Liberal government, Australia is doing it tough;

(b) in last night's budget, the Treasurer delivered an energy payment which left out thousands of Australians who rely on government payments, including Abstudy, Austudy, double orphan pension, Newstart allowance, parenting payment partnered, partner allowance, sickness allowance, special benefit, widow allowance, wife pension, youth allowance and veteran payment;

(c) on radio this morning, less than 24 hours after he delivered his budget, the Treasurer caved in to pressure from Labor and back flipped, saying that Australians on Newstart will now receive the energy supplement;

(d) in just a few minutes, the government will introduce legislation that now extends the payment to all the people the government had previously left out in its budget;

(e) the government's backflip has already blown an $80 million hole in the budget; and

(f) the government's budget is unravelling less than 24 hours after it was delivered; and

(2) therefore condemns this government for:

(a) six years of cuts and chaos, which has only continued in the last 24 hours; and

(b) only looking after the top end of town and treating vulnerable Australians as an afterthought.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

21st Feb 2019, 10:39 AM – Representatives Motions - Dairy Industry - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules (known as standing orders) to let a vote happen.

Motion text

That so much of standing orders be suspended as would prevent the member for Kennedy from moving the following motion immediately:

That the House:

(1)notes that:

(a)it was the National Party which deregulated the dairy industry taking the farmers income from 59c a litre down to 41c a litre;

(b)at the announcement of deregulation there were over 230 dairy farmers on the Atherton Tablelands, now there are 51;

(c)neither the ALP or LNP will introduce arbitration for farmers;

(d)for supply and demand in the free market to work there must be an unlimited number of sellers and buyers; and

(e)dairy farmers in North Queensland have only one processor to sell to and in the whole of Australia effectively only two buyers of milk—the supermarket duopoly; and

(2)therefore, condemns both sides of politics in creating misery and heartache where dairy farmers are the victims of the free market 'fundamentalists' in this House.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

21st Feb 2019, 10:02 AM – Representatives Motions - Dairy Industry - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules (known as standing orders) to let a vote happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Member for Hunter from moving the following motion forthwith—That the House:

(1) notes that:

(a) this Government is telling Australians to boycott milk produced by Australia's dairy farmers; and

(b) Australia is now the only country in the world with a Government that is telling consumers to boycott its own nation's produce; and

(2) therefore, condemns this Government for hurting Australian farmers when they are already doing it tough.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

20th Feb 2019, 3:35 PM – Representatives Motions - Government Procurement - Suspend rules to let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Rankin MP Jim Chalmers (Labor), which means MP Chalmers won't be able to introduce the motion he wanted as set out below.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the member for Rankin from moving the following motion forthwith:

That the House:

(1) notes that:

(a) yesterday, it was revealed the Finance Minister received free flights to Singapore from Helloworld, which he booked by calling the CEO of this ASX listed company directly, just before it was awarded a multimillion dollar whole-of-government contract by the Minister's own Department;

(b) today, it's been reported that US Ambassador Joe Hockey—who has a million dollar shareholding in Helloworld – helped a Helloworld subsidiary lobby for the Embassy's travel contract;

(c) the CEO of Helloworld and one of its largest shareholders Andrew Burnes is a Liberal Party heavyweight and current Liberal Party Treasurer, with connections to a number of Liberal Party politicians;

(d) the Finance Minister told Senate Estimates yesterday that he had 'a close personal relationship' with Mr Burnes;

(e) Mr Burnes was previously a colleague of the now Prime Minister during the Prime Minister's time at Tourism Australia;

(f) since being awarded Government contracts, the share price of Helloworld has skyrocketed, making shareholders like Mr Hockey and Mr Burnes rich; and

(g) this morning, it was reported that the Herald Sun asked almost all of the 82 Liberal MPs in Parliament whether they had received free travel from Helloworld, but only 14 said they had not; and

(2) therefore, calls on the Prime Minister to investigate and report to the House how far this Helloworld scandal reaches into his Government.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

6th Dec 2018, 3:32 PM – Representatives Motions - Energy - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual rules (known as standing orders) to let a vote happen. It was introduced by Labor Senator Chris Bowen, meaning it failed.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for McMahon from moving the following motion immediately—

That the House:

(1) notes:

(a) the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Governments have failed to provide a consistent energy policy for Australia;

(b) that the Government has embraced respectively, before each policy was abandoned:

(i) an emissions intensity scheme;

(ii) a clean energy target;

(iii) at least six different versions of the national energy guarantee; and

(iv) three different versions of divestment just this week,

(c) the Government's most recent attempt at forced divestment policy has been panned by experts as increasing sovereign risk, chilling investment and putting upward pressure on power prices;

(d) that the divestment policy had to be completely rewritten to remove the power to order divestiture from the Treasurer to the courts;

(e) that the legislation tabled by the Treasurer yesterday allows for the privatisation of energy assets if divestiture is forced in relation to a government owned asset;

(f) that the Treasurer and other Government ministers have continually denied this is the case despite the legislation being clear on this point;

(g) that the Member for Kennedy has moved an amendment, seconded by the Member for Dawson, which seeks to ban privatisations as part of a divestiture process, which confirms that the current bill does not; and

(2) condemns the Government for their complete failure in energy policy, their botched divestiture policy and for seeking privatisation by stealth.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

3rd Dec 2018, 12:28 PM – Representatives Motions - Morrison Government, Women in Parliament - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion moved by the Deputy Leader of the Opposition Tanya Plibersek, which means it failed.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Sydney from moving the following motion immediately—That the House:

(1) notes that the:

(a) Member for Hughes has threatened to quit the Government and move to the crossbench unless his Liberal Party preselection is protected;

(b) Prime Minister is tearing the Government apart to protect the Member for Hughes but did nothing to protect the Member for Ryan, the Member for Gilmore, Senator Gichuhi or the Member for Chisholm; and

(c) Minister for Women has said the Liberal Party is widely seen as "Homophobic, anti-women, climate change deniers"; and

(2) therefore, reprimands the Prime Minister for only ever protecting the men in his party and abandoning its women.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

29th Nov 2018, 3:13 PM – Representatives Motions - Morrison Government - Suspend rules to let vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules (known as standing orders) to let a vote happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Opposition from moving the following motion immediately:

That the House:

1. notes that since moving on Malcolm Turnbull, the Government has:

a. cancelled Parliament because it couldn't decide who was Prime Minister;

b. lost two Government Members, with at least one more on the way;

c. been forced into minority Government, which the Government previously said would create uncertainty in our economy and instability for the country;

d. created the first part-time Parliament in the history of Federation by scheduling just 10 sitting days in eight months;

e. cancelled the Treasurer's trip to the G20;

f. voted for a National Integrity Commission even though it doesn't support one;

g. voted against tougher 15 year jail sentences for corporate criminals;

h. abandoned the National Energy Guarantee – a policy which was designed by the Treasurer, which the Prime Minister promised would lead to lower electricity prices, and which the Member for Curtin still supports;

i. been described by the Minister for Women as "homophobic, anti-women, climate-change deniers"; and

j. been described by its own Prime Minister as "The Muppet Show"; and

2. therefore calls on this ramshackle, reactionary Government to stop fighting itself and start focussing on the needs of the Australian people.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

17th Oct 2018, 5:55 PM – Representatives Motions - Minister for the Environment - Let a vote happen

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The same number of representatives voted for and against the motion. As the Speaker explained:

As members would be aware, in these circumstances I issue a casting vote. Normally that vote, according to the principles, would be that the motion doesn't have a majority and the status quo remains, but I think, in line with earlier precedents, I won't exercise a casting vote because the motion is to suspend standing orders and it fails because it doesn't have an absolute majority. So we'll just declare it lost.

In other words, the motion did not succeed as it couldn't reach majority

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Watson from moving the following motion immediately—That the House:

(1) notes:

(a) in the House today, the Environment Minister categorically denied reports that last night she said to the former President of Kiribati "I know why you're here. It is for the cash. For the Pacific it's always about the cash. I have my cheque book here. How much do you want?";

(b) however, multiple sources have confirmed to journalists that the Minister did in fact say those words;

(c) the Minister also told the House today during Question Time that only "a small amount of money" could be spent on administration under the Government's almost half a billion dollar Great Barrier Reef grant and that administration costs were capped at five per cent;

(d) however, under the Government's grant agreement up to 10 per cent of the entire grant can be spent on administration by the Foundation itself and a further 10 per cent of any grant money provided to subcontractors can be spent on administration as well, which means that more than $80 million can be spent on administration; and

(e) immediately before providing this incorrect information, the Minister was handed a note by the Prime Minister which she appeared to rely on during her answer when she falsely claimed that administration costs were capped at five per cent—an amount $60 million lower than what is the case; and

(2) therefore, calls on the Environment Minister to:

(a) attend the House to correct her answers as she is required to do under the Prime Minister's Ministerial Standards; and

(b) advise the House whether any of the incorrect information she provided was as a result of the note handed to her by the Prime Minister.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

16th Oct 2018, 4:19 PM – Representatives Motions - Racism - Suspend the usual rules to allow a vote to happen

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The majority voted against a motion, which means it failed.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Watson from moving t he following motion immediately:

That the House rejects the resolution put to the Senate yesterday which included a white supremacist slogan that is also used by hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

20th Sep 2018, 12:14 PM – Representatives Motions - Minister for Home Affairs - Suspend standing orders

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules of Parliament (known as standing orders) to let a vote take place, which means the vote won't happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Melbourne from moving—That this House has no confidence in the Minister for Home Affairs.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

12th Sep 2018, 10:19 AM – Representatives Motions - Morrison Government - Suspend rules to let vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the rules to allow a vote to happen, which means the vote doesn't take place. In parliamentary jargon, they voted against suspending standing and sessional orders.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

10th Sep 2018, 9:15 PM – Representatives Motions - Morrison Government - Suspend standing orders

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual rules to let a vote happen, which means the vote won't take place. In parliamentary jargon, they voted against suspending the standing orders.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

21st Jun 2018, 10:45 AM – Representatives Motions - Taxation - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual rules (known as standing orders) to let a vote happen, which means the vote will not take place.

Motion text

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Manager of Opposition Business from moving the following motion immediately:

That the House

(1) notes that

(a) gross debt has grown to a record half a trillion dollars under this government;

(b) last night, in an act of gross incompetence, this government teamed up with Senator Pauline Hanson's One Nation to vote to support a bill which abolished all income tax rates from 2024. This is the latest act from a government consumed by chaos and incompetence which has outsourced all economic policy to Pauline Hanson's One Nation;

(c) for years One Nation has advocated flat tax. Last night the government adopted this policy and set the rate at zero;

(d) the government has also dealt with bracket creep by abolishing every single tax bracket; and

(e) the bill which was supported last night at the third reading stage by the government and One Nation will open up a budget black hole of $240 billion every single year once implemented; and

(2) condemns this government for its gross economic incompetence.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

22nd May 2018, 3:18 PM – Representatives Motions - Turnbull Government; Pauline Hanson's One Nation - Let vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual parliamentary rules (known as standing orders) to allow a vote to happen, which means the vote will not occur.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Watson from moving the following motion forthwith—That the House:

(1) notes it has been revealed today that the Government has made a secret deal with Senator Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party to give an $80 billion handout to big business but the Prime Minister won’t tell the Australian people:

(a) the details of its secret deal;

(b) the cost of its secret deal; and

(c) if its secret deal is even accounted for in the Budget;

(2) further notes that since Senator Pauline Hanson returned to the Australian Parliament, and without notice to the Australian people at the last election, this Government has:

(a) attempted to weaken race hate laws;

(b) attempted to introduce a university-level English test for citizenship; and

(c) refused to commit to putting One Nation last; and

(3) therefore, calls on this Prime Minister to stop making secret deals with One Nation and join Labor in putting One Nation last.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

8th May 2018, 4:24 PM – Representatives Motions - Economy - Suspend standing orders

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The majority voted against letting a vote happen. In parliamentary jargon, they voted against suspending standing orders (the procedural rules of Parliament) so that Labor MP Chris Bowen could move a particular motion. Since this vote was unsuccessful, Mr Bowen was not able to proceed with his motion.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for McMahon from moving the following motion forthwith—That the House:

(1) notes:

(a) before coming to office, the Coalition railed about a debt and deficit disaster;

(b) global economic conditions are the best they've been in years, with the International Monetary Fund stating "120 economies, accounting for three quarters of world GDP, have seen a pickup in growth in year-on-year terms in 2017, the broadest synchronized global growth upsurge since 2010";

(c) since this conservative Government came to office gross debt has increased to a record half a trillion dollars and is expected to be even higher in tonight's Budget with no peak in sight;

(d) net debt has doubled and is growing as a proportion of the economy more rapidly than almost every other advanced economy; and

(e) last night on 7.30, former Howard Government Treasurer, Peter Costello, said that he would be dead before the Government paid back its debt; and

(2) therefore, condemns this conservative Government for giving up on Budget repair and for its failure to address the long-term structural problems in the Budget.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

8th Feb 2018, 10:48 AM – Representatives Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan No. 2) Bill 2017 - Third Reading - Suspend standing orders

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to suspend standing orders. In other words, they voted in favour of allowing a vote to happen even though parliamentary rules would ordinarily stop it.

About the bill

The purpose of the bill is to:

progressively extend the lower 27.5 per cent corporate tax rate to all corporate tax entities by the 2023-24 financial year; and further reduce the corporate tax rate in stages so that by the 2026 27 financial year, the corporate tax rate for all entities will be 25 per cent

Read more in the bills digest.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

26th Oct 2017, 3:04 PM – Representatives Motions - Minister for Employment - Suspend the rules

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the rules (known as standing orders) to allow a vote to happen. The motion was introduced by Labor MP Tony Burke.

Motion text

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Manager of Opposition Business from moving immediately:

That the House:

(1) notes:

(a) yesterday morning, the media aired an allegation the Employment Minister's Office had leaked the raids, which allowed television crews to turn up to the raids before the police did;

(b) by midday yesterday, the Employment Minister had five times denied that her office had been involved in leaking the raids;

(c) at the Prime Minister's Question Time briefing yesterday, attended by the Employment Minister and the Senior Media Adviser who has now resigned for leaking the raids, the Prime Minister, according to the Government's account, failed to ask a single question about the involvement of the Minister's office in leaking the raids;

(d) at 6.10 pm, Alice Workman of Buzzfeed reported that journalists received a leak about the raids from the Employment Minister's office before the raids began;

(e) at 7.30 pm, after the truth had been exposed, only then did the Employment Minister finally admit that she had misled the Senate on five separate occasions; and

(f) during the utegate scandal, the now Prime Minister himself said that misleading the Parliament "is an offence that should result in the dismissal or resignation of a Minister. It is perfectly clear"; and

(2) therefore, calls on the Prime Minister to:

(a) sack the Employment Minister for breaching Ministerial Standards by repeatedly misleading the Senate; and

(b) explain to the House his involvement, his office's involvement and his Government's involvement in this serious matter where the publicly stated version of events doesn’t add up.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

25th Oct 2017, 6:00 PM – Representatives Criminal Code Amendment (Firearms Trafficking) Bill 2017 - Third Reading - Suspend the rules

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The majority voted in favour of a motion:

"That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the motion for the third reading being moved without delay."

In other words, they voted to suspend the rules to let them vote on whether to pass the bill now rather than having to wait until later.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

25th Oct 2017, 3:10 PM – Representatives Motions - Prime Minister - Suspend rules to let vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Labor MP for Watson Tony Burke to suspend the rules (known as standing orders) to let a vote happen. This means the motion failed.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Watson from moving the following motion immediately:

The House:

(1) notes:

(a) yesterday, it was revealed the Australian Federal Police (AFP) did not have the resources to investigate the importation of 1.6 tonnes of cocaine;

(b) on the very same day, the Prime Minister’s Registered Organisations Commission sent at least 25 AFP officers to look at a 10-year-old donation to GetUp;

(c) in so doing, this Government diverted police resources needed to fight drug syndicates to protect his own political interests; and

(d) that this is just the latest example of this Prime Minister’s willingness to abuse his power and debase the Office of Prime Minister; and

(2) therefore, condemns this born-to-rule Prime Minister for his grubby attacks and blatant abuses of power designed to protect his own political interests instead of protecting Australians.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

7th Sep 2017, 3:01 PM – Representatives Motions - Deputy Prime Minister - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to let a vote on the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce happen. In parliamentary jargon, they voted against a motion to suspend standing and sessional orders.

This motion was made in the context of the revelation that MP Joyce is a New Zealand citizen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Manager of Opposition Business from moving the following motion immediately—

The House:

(1) notes:

(a) this House has unanimously asked the High Court to determine if the Deputy Prime Minister was ever validly elected to Parliament;

(b) the Government refuses to release the Solicitor-General’s advice on which the entire legitimacy of this Government rests;

(c) the Government refuses to even state whether it has sought advice on the risk to a legal challenge to the Deputy Prime Minister’s ministerial decisions;

(d) significant ministerial decisions of the Deputy Prime Minister are being delayed, including decisions which would bring power prices down for Australians; and

(e) despite the current doubts over the legality of the Deputy Prime Minister’s ministerial actions, tomorrow the Prime Minister will risk the entire legitimacy of the Government by leaving the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the nation; and

(2) therefore, calls on the Prime Minister to:

(a) direct his Deputy Prime Minister to immediately stand aside; and

(b) stop abusing the trust of the Australian people by being so reckless with the leadership of the nation.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

6th Sep 2017, 3:28 PM – Representatives Questions without Notice - Economy - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against letting a vote happen. In parliamentary jargon, they voted against suspending standing orders.

The motion related to the fact that the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is a New Zealand citizen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Watson from moving the following motion immediately—The House calls on the Deputy Prime Minister to stand aside from Cabinet until doubts about his constitutional qualifications have been resolved.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

4th Sep 2017, 3:04 PM – Representatives Motions - Deputy Prime Minister - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Watson MP Tony Burke (Labor), which means it failed.

Motion text

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Watson from moving the following motion forthwith—

That the House calls on the Prime Minister to immediately stand aside the Deputy Prime Minister from Cabinet until his constitutional qualifications have been determined by the High Court.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

17th Aug 2017, 3:22 PM – Representatives Motions - Qualifications of Members - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to let a vote on Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce's New Zealand citizenship happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Watson from moving the following motion immediately—

That the House:

(1) notes:

(a) this House has unanimously asked the High Court to determine whether the Deputy Prime Minister is constitutionally qualified to be a Member of parliament and thereby to determine if the Government has a majority;

(b) the Deputy Prime Minister has admitted he was a citizen of a foreign power right up until the weekend and has already started campaigning for the New England by-election;

(c) former Minister Matt Canavan has resigned from Cabinet and will not vote in the Senate until the High Court resolves doubts about his constitutional qualifications;

(d) the Prime Minister is continuing to accept the Deputy Prime Minister’s vote in this House even though it means that victims of the banks are denied the Royal Commission they’ve been calling for and Australians continue to have their penalty rates cut; and

(e) the situation with his Deputy Prime Minister is unsustainable; and

(2) therefore, calls on the Prime Minister to:

(a) admit his continued reliance on the Deputy Prime Minister’s vote is causing real harm to the people of Australia;

(b) rule out accepting the vote of the Deputy Prime Minister while his constitutional qualifications are in doubt; and

(c) direct the Deputy Prime Minister to immediately resign from Cabinet.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

16th Aug 2017, 3:08 PM – Representatives Motions - Qualifications of Members - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to let a vote on Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce's New Zealand citizenship happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Watson from moving the following motion forthwith—

That the House:

(1) notes:

(a) on Monday, this House unanimously asked the High Court to determine whether the Deputy Prime Minister is constitutionally qualified to be a Member of Parliament;

(b) on Tuesday, the Deputy Prime Minister admitted he had been a citizen of a foreign power right up until the weekend;

(c) former Minister Matt Canavan has resigned from Cabinet and will not vote in the Senate until the High Court resolves doubts about his constitutional qualifications to be a Member of Parliament;

(d) yesterday, the Foreign Minister refused to accept that the conservative New Zealand Internal Affairs Minister was telling the truth; and

(e) this morning, on Sky News, the Foreign Minister refused to answer whether she could now work with a future New Zealand Government; and

(2) therefore, calls on the Prime Minister to:

(a) stop trashing Australia's international relations in order to distract from the crisis the Government is facing;

(b) rule out accepting the vote of the Deputy Prime Minister while his constitutional qualifications are in doubt; and

(c) direct the Deputy Prime Minister to immediately resign from Cabinet.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

15th Aug 2017, 3:15 PM – Representatives Motions - Qualifications of Members - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Watson MP Tony Burke (Labor), whcih means it failed.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Watson from moving the following motion forthwith:

That the House:

(1) notes:

(a) yesterday, this House unanimously asked the High Court to determine whether the Deputy Prime Minister is constitutionally qualified to be a Member of Parliament;

(b) yesterday, the Prime Minister claimed "The Deputy Prime Minister, is qualified to sit in this House, and the High Court will so hold" despite confirmation from the Prime Minister of New Zealand that the Deputy Prime Minister is in fact a New Zealand citizen; and

(c) today in Question Time, the Deputy Prime Minister confirmed he was a citizen of a foreign power prior to the weekend; and

(2) therefore, calls on the Prime Minister to;

(a) come clean with the Australian people and acknowledge that the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia is ineligible to hold office;

(b) rule out accepting the vote of the Deputy Prime Minister while his constitutional qualifications are in doubt; and

(c) direct the Deputy Prime Minister to immediately resign from Cabinet.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

14th Aug 2017, 5:57 PM – Representatives Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017 - Third Reading - Suspend standing orders

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to suspend the usual parliamentary rules (known as standing orders) to allow a vote to happen. In parliamentary jargon, they voted:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the motion for the third reading being moved without delay.

This means that they can now vote on whether they want to pass the bill.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

14th Aug 2017, 3:20 PM – Representatives Motions - Deputy Prime Minister - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to let a vote happen. In parliamentary jargon, they voted against suspending the standing orders, which are the procedural rules of Parliament.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the member for Watson from moving the following motion forthwith—

That the House:

(1) notes:

(a) today, this House unanimously asked the High Court to determine whether the Deputy Prime Minister is constitutionally qualified to be a Member of Parliament;

(b) the New Zealand Government has since confirmed that the Deputy Prime Minister is a New Zealand citizen despite the Prime Minister's assurance on this matter;

(c) the Government has relied on the vote of the Deputy Prime Minister to block a Royal Commission into the banks and to block amendments to legislation which would have stopped nearly 700,000 Australians from having their penalty rates cut; and

(d) the former Minister for Resources and Northern Australia resigned from Cabinet because there were doubts over his constitutional qualifications; and

(2) therefore, calls on the Prime Minister to:

(a) release any legal advice it has received about the constitutional qualifications of the Deputy Prime Minister;

(b) rule out accepting the vote of the Deputy Prime Minister while his constitutional qualifications are in doubt; and

(c) direct the Deputy Prime Minister to immediately resign from Cabinet.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

21st Jun 2017, 9:50 AM – Representatives Motions - Workplace Relations - Suspend the rules to let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Labor MP for Gorton Brendan O'Connor, which means the motion failed. The motion asked for the parliamentary rules to be suspended to let MP O'Connor move a motion related to workplace relations. Since it wasn't successful, he can't introduce that motion.

Motion text

That so much of standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the member for Gorton from moving the following motion forthwith:

That the House:

(1) notes:

(a) the horrific cases of exploitation in workplaces around the country, including at 7-Eleven;

(b) a bill to protect workers from this exploitation has passed the House and is before the Senate right now;

(c) the Prime Minister reportedly has a financial interest in 7-Eleven;

(d) the former Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson, has reportedly lobbied to water down this bill;

(e) the Government is now reportedly seeking to delay this long overdue bill until August - two years after worker exploitation at 7-Eleven was first exposed; and

(f) any further delay to this bill would deny important protection to workers from exploitation; and

(2) therefore, calls on the Prime Minister to commit to this House that this important bill to protect workers from exploitation will be passed through both Houses of Parliament before the winter adjournment.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

22nd Mar 2017, 9:52 AM – Representatives Motions - Racial Discrimination Act 1975 - Let the motion be voted on

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten, which means it was unsuccessful.

Although his motion was about the changes to the Racial Discrimination Act, the vote itself was actually on whether to let Mr Shorten MP put his motion to the vote, not on the motion itself.

The parliamentary rules (known as standing and sessional orders) don't let MPs introduce and vote on motions whenever they want to. Sometimes, they have to ask to suspend the rules to let a particular vote happen. This is what Mr Shorten MP was doing here, but he was unsuccessful.

Motion text

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Opposition from moving the following motion forthwith—That the House:

(1) notes:

(a) the Prime Minister has confirmed that his laws to water down protections against racist hate speech will be introduced into the Senate instead of the House of Representatives;

(b) this is nothing more than a cynical attempt by the Prime Minister to be able to claim to the extreme elements in his party room that his Government is taking action on section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act while hoping MPs in this Chamber can avoid having to vote on the issue; and

(c) Members of Parliament should not say one thing in Canberra but another thing to the voters in their electorates;

(2) resolves to deal with this issue today;

(3) affirms there should be no weakening of the Racial Discrimination Act by giving licence to racist hate speech; and

(4) therefore, resolves to retain section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act in its current form.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

16th Feb 2017, 9:50 AM – Representatives Motions - Native Title Amendment (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Bill 2017 - Suspend rules to let vote happen

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Tony Burke wanted to move the following motion:

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Manager of Opposition Business from moving the following motion forthwith:

That the House:

  1. notes that:

(a) yesterday, the Government introduced legislation amending the Native Title Act;

(b) the Government has had six months notice that legislation of this type might be required and has taken no action until this week; and

(c) the Leader of the House has given notice of his intention to force this bill through all stages of debate before 2 pm today;

  1. affirms the effect of the Government's approach means that Members of the House will be compelled to vote on a change to the Native Title Act without having had a chance to conduct any consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;

  2. condemns the Prime Minister for condoning a failure to consult with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the same week where he quoted the words of Chris Sarra "Do things with us, not to us"; and

  3. calls on the Government to abandon this approach and allow time for proper consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

13th Feb 2017, 12:14 PM – Representatives Motions - Housing Affordability - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by McMahon MP Chris Bowen (Labor), which means it failed.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for McMahon from moving the following motion forthwith—

That the House:

(1) notes that:

(a) ordinary Australians are being locked out of the housing market, with only one in seven homes in Australia now purchased by first home buyers;

(b) the national housing affordability crisis has worsened over the last year with house prices increasing by 16 per cent in Sydney and 12 per cent in Melbourne;

(c) the Prime Minister has worsened the housing affordability crisis by:

(i) failing to appoint a Minister for Housing;

(ii) abolishing the National Housing Supply Council;

(iii) shutting down the National Rental Affordability Scheme;

(iv) cutting funding for homelessness services; and

(v) refusing to reform Australia’s generous tax concessions that favour property investors over first home buyers; and

(d) today is the one-year anniversary of Labor’s plan to improve housing affordability by reforming negative gearing and capital gains tax – reforms which have been criticised by the Government despite the fact the Treasurer has previously argued there were “excesses” in negative gearing; and

(2) therefore, calls on the Prime Minister to act on housing affordability by adopting Labor’s plan to reform negative gearing and capital gains tax.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

1st Dec 2016, 3:23 PM – Representatives Motions - Working Holiday Maker Program - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Watson MP Tony Burke (Labor), which means it failed.

Motion text

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Manager of Opposition Business from moving the following motion forthwith:

That the House:

(1) Notes that on the backpacker tax the Prime Minister has:

(a) gone from zero per cent to 32.5 per cent;

(b) to 19 per cent;

(c) threatened 32.5 per cent;

(d) then to 15 per cent;

(e) threatened 32.5 per cent again; and

(f) been unwilling to accept the sensible compromise put forward by the Labor Party; and

(2) therefore, condemns the Prime Minister for preferring to hurt rural and regional Australia and the tourism industry with a 32.5 per cent tax rate instead of accepting a sensible compromise.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

1st Dec 2016, 9:55 AM – Representatives Motions - Taxation - Let vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by McMahon MP Chris Bowen (Labor), which means it failed.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the member for McMahon from moving the following motion forthwith.

That the House:

(1) notes that:

(a) in the Budget, the Government blindsided rural and regional Australia with an internationally uncompetitive 32.5 per cent backpacker tax;

(b) the Government dropped the rate of the backpacker tax to a still uncompetitive rate of 19 per cent;

(c) the Government again shifted the rate of the backpacker tax to 15 per cent because of a desperate deal in the Senate;

(d) the Government's desperate deal was rejected by the Senate which instead proposed a compromise of 10.5 per cent;

(e) the Government has refused to accept the Senate's sensible compromise, threatening to allow the backpacker tax to revert to its original internationally uncompetitive rate of 32.5 per cent which will harm the tourism, hospitality and agricultural industries; and

(f) only this morning, the Minister for Finance said "The deal that is on the table for the Senate is a 15 per cent rate; if it's not 15 per cent then it will be 32.5 per cent";

(2) calls on the Government to end the chaos and deal with the backpacker tax immediately by accepting the sensible compromise offered by the Senate; and

(3) therefore, suspends so much of the standing and sessional orders as would prevent order of the day No. 3 relating to the Income Tax Rates Amendment (Working Holiday Maker Reform) Bill 2016 being called on immediately.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

28th Nov 2016, 12:37 PM – Representatives Motions - Attorney-General - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Watson MP Tony Burke (Labor), which means it failed.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders and session orders be suspended as would prevent the Manager of Opposition Business from moving the following motion forthwith:

That the House:

(1) notes:

(a) revelations the Attorney-General acted against the interests of the Commonwealth by entering into a corrupt deal to give $300 million of taxpayer funds to the WA Liberal Government;

(b) the Attorney-General made this decision despite clear legal advice that the $300 million rightfully belonged to the Australian taxpayer;

(c) further revelations that other Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Cabinet have been implicated in this scandal, including the:

(i) Minister for Revenue who was named in the WA Parliament for her involvement in the scandal when she was Assistant Treasurer;

(ii) Minister for Social Services who was named in the WA Parliament for his involvement in the scandal while he was Assistant Minister to the now former Prime Minister and Member for Warringah; and

(iii) Treasurer and the Minister for Finance who have direct portfolio interest and who have not yet explained their involvement in the scandal; and

(2) therefore, calls on the Minister representing the Attorney-General, the Minister for Revenue, the Minister for Social Services, the Treasurer and the Prime Minister to attend the House and provide a full account of their offices’ involvement in this scandal.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

7th Nov 2016, 1:02 PM – Representatives Motions - Turnbull Government - Suspend standing orders

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The majority voted against suspending standing orders so that Labor MP Tony Burke could move a motion.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Watson from moving the following motion forthwith:

That the House:

(1) notes that:

(a) the Senate is today sitting while it remains unclear which Senators were validly elected under the Constitution; and

(b) the Government has not revealed how long it has known there were questions over the validity of the composition of the Senate and why it has kept this information secret from the Australian people;

(2) therefore, calls on the Prime Minister to immediately attend the Chamber to provide a full and honest account of the Government’s knowledge and involvement of the potential constitutional issues concerning the composition of the Senate;

(3) notes the chaos in the Senate has today extended to the House of Representatives, when for the first time a Government MP has seconded a private Members’ motion which condemned the Government for “short changing Australian pensioners”;

(4) congratulates the Member for Wright in joining the Minister for Revenue and the Minister for Justice in their willingness to condemn the Turnbull Government on the floor of the House; and

(5) condemns the Government for its failure to manage the Parliament where every week there is a new stumble in the House and we now know the Senate has been sitting with a cloud over whether its composition is valid under the Australian Constitution.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

20th Oct 2016, 3:00 PM – Representatives Motions - Prime Minister; Attempted Censure - Suspend standing orders

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The majority voted against a suspending the normal rules of Parliament to let Labor MP Tony Burke move a motion criticising the government and Prime Minister.

This means that MP Burke won't be able to introduce his motion.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the member for Watson from moving the following motion forthwith—

That the House:

(1) notes that today the Prime Minister has openly contradicted the claims of the former Prime Minister on the guns for votes scandal;

(2) notes that in the first 15 sitting days of the 45th Parliament:

(a) the Government became the first majority Government in more than 50 years to lose control of the House of Representatives;

(b) the Treasurer introduced legislation containing a $107 million black hole;

(c) the Senate ran out of legislation to debate;

(d) for the first time in Federation, a Government voted to condemn itself;

(e) the former Prime Minister outflanked the current Prime Minister on his left and his right;

(f) the Prime Minister was rolled by his extreme right-wing on issue after issue;

(g) the Prime Minister condoned an Attorney-General who had misled the Parliament;

(h) the Health Department refused to endorse the Prime Minister's absolute guarantee on the cost of seeing a doctor; and

(i) the Government considered trading guns for votes; and

(3) therefore, censures the Prime Minister for 15 sitting days of unprecedented chaos from a Government in disarray.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

18th Oct 2016, 4:29 PM – Representatives Motions - Gun Control - Suspend standing orders

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten, which means it was unsuccessful.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Maribyrnong from moving the following motion forthwith—That:

(1) the House notes that:

(a) this morning, there are reports the Prime Minister will do a deal on gun laws to pass the Abbott Government's industrial relations bills; and

(b) the Prime Minister has on at least five occasions just this morning refused to rule out trading away John Howard's gun laws to pass the Abbott Government's industrial relations bills; and

(2) therefore, the House resolves that it will never put the safety of Australians at risk by trading away John Howard's gun laws to pursue an Abbott Government attack on workers.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

18th Oct 2016, 3:18 PM – Representatives Motions - Gun Control - Suspend standing orders

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Motion text

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Opposition moving the following motion forthwith—That the House condemns the coalition government for being willing to trade John Howard's gun laws for votes in the Senate.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

17th Oct 2016, 8:29 PM – Representatives Treasury Laws Amendment (Working Holiday Maker Reform) Bill 2016 - Third Reading - Vote on whether to pass bill now

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to suspend the parliamentary rules so that the House can decide whether or not to pass the bill right away (rather than having to wait).

In parliamentary jargon, they voted to suspend standing orders so that they could vote on a motion to give the bill a third reading immediately.

What is this bill all about?

The bill is part of a package of four bills. It makes changes like:

  • lowering the visa application charge from $440 to $390;
  • making employers register visa holders who work for them with the Commissioner of Taxation, which lets them to withhold tax at applicable income tax rates;
  • letting the Commissioner disclose certain information to the Fair Work Ombudsman;
  • requiring the Commissioner to make an annual report on working holiday makers to give the Treasurer.

Together, the bills change the tax arrangement for working holiday visa holders. If passed, they will mean that visa holders will be taxed from the first dollar earned, rather than having the usual tax free threshold.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the motion for the third reading being moved without delay.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

12th Sep 2016, 12:22 PM – Representatives Registration of Deaths Abroad Amendment Bill 2016 - Third Reading - Suspend standing orders

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to suspend standing orders so that they could vote on whether to pass the bill immediately.

Because the motion passed, they could immediately vote on whether to pass the bill. In parliamentary jargon, they could vote to read the bill for a third time.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the motion for the third reading being moved without delay.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

How "voted 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 38 1900 1900
MP voted against policy 5 0 250
MP absent 0 0 0
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: 1900 2150

*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 = 1900 / 2150 = 88%.

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