How Pat Conaghan 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 Pat Conaghan Supporters vote Division outcome

5th Dec 2019, 1:16 PM – Representatives Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2019 - Third Reading - Suspend usual rules to let a vote happen

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The majority voted in favour of the motion:

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

Standing orders are the usual procedural rules in Parliament.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

5th Dec 2019, 9:49 AM – Representatives Motions - Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019 - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Melbourne MP Adam Bandt (Greens), which means it failed. The motion was to suspend the usual procedural rules in order to let a vote happen.

Motion text

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

That the House:

(1) notes that:

(a) the Senate voted yesterday to support a government bill to repeal the 'Medevac' law, which was helping sick people get the medical treatment they need;

(b) Senator Lambie has repeatedly said she placed a secret condition on her support for the bill, and then told the Senate yesterday that she had secured a deal with the government which led to her voting for the repeal bill, saying 'So I put a proposal to the government, and since then we have worked together really hard to advance that proposal. We've worked to an outcome I believe we both want … As a result of that work, I'm more than satisfied that the conditions are now in place to allow medevac to be repealed.';

(c) the Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator Cormann, told the Senate the direct opposite, emphatically claiming there was no deal with Senator Lambie, saying 'Let me make the most important point up front: there is no secret deal. Let me repeat that again: there is no secret deal';

(d) the Government gagged debate on the bill, forcing the Senate to vote without knowing the full facts surrounding the agreement that Senator Lambie claims exists;

(e) the media reports today that the Prime Minister wrote a letter to Senator Lambie in relation to the passage of the bill; and

(f) this secrecy and lack of transparency from the Government fundamentally undermines trust in democracy and this Parliament; and

(2) therefore requires the Prime Minister to attend the chamber by 12 noon today to respond to Senator Lambie's statements made in the Senate yesterday, to fully explain the details of all deals, arrangements and understandings with Senator Lambie regarding the 'Medevac' repeal bill and table any associated documents or letters.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

4th Dec 2019, 6:44 PM – Representatives Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment (Sport Integrity Australia) Bill 2019 - Third Reading - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted in favour of the following motion introduced by Wright MP Scott Buchholz (Liberal):

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

Standing orders are the procedural rules of Parliament. And reading a bill for a third time is the same as passing the bill.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

4th Dec 2019, 12:24 PM – Representatives Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment (Enhancing Australia's Anti-Doping Capability) Bill 2019 - Third Reading - Suspend the usual procedural rules

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Maranoa MP David Littleproud, which means it passed. The motions was:

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

Standing orders are the usual procedural rules of Parliament.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

28th Nov 2019, 1:03 PM – Representatives Defence Service Homes Amendment Bill 2019 - Third Reading - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules (known as standing orders) so that a motion on whether to pass the bill can be voted on without delay.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

28th Nov 2019, 9:51 AM – Representatives Motions - Prime Minister - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion by the Leader of the Opposition, Grayndler MP Anthony Albanese (Labor), which means it failed. The motion would have suspended the usual procedural rules (known as standing orders) so that a vote could take place.

Motion text

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

(1) notes that:

(a) in attempting to defend a Minister who has deliberately misled the Parliament, the Prime Minister misled the Parliament;

(b) yesterday in Question Time, the Prime Minister told the House that in March 2013, a then detective in Victoria Police's fraud squad, Ross Mitchell, made a statement about former Prime Minister Julia Gillard;

(c) that statement was made word for word by radio host Ben Fordham—a fact which was clear from The Australian newspaper article dated 27 April 2013 by Hedley Thomas which reports that statement;

(d) late yesterday, the Prime Minister admitted that he had misled the Parliament but despite House of Representatives Practice being clear that a misleading of Parliament can be corrected by either making a statement to the House or writing to the Clerk of the House, the Prime Minister instead directed that letter to the Speaker be tabled by another Minister; and

(e) the Prime Minister has refused repeated calls from the Leader of the Opposition to attend the House at 9.30 am today to correct the record in the form demanded by the House; and

(2) therefore, calls on the Prime Minister to do what is required by both House of Representatives Practice and his own Ministerial Standards and immediately attend the Chamber to correct his misleading statement.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

27th Nov 2019, 7:08 PM – Representatives Health Legislation Amendment (Data-Matching and Other Matters) Bill 2019 - Third Reading - Vote without delay

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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.

Standing orders are the procedural rules of Parliament.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

27th Nov 2019, 5:12 PM – Representatives Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Income Management to Cashless Debit Card Transition) Bill 2019 - Third Reading - Speed things along

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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 usual procedural rules to speed things along.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

27th Nov 2019, 1:14 PM – Representatives Treasury Laws Amendment (Reducing Pressure on Housing Affordability Measures) Bill 2019 and another - Third Reading - Speed things along

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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 usual procedural rules to speed things along.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

27th Nov 2019, 12:24 PM – Representatives Treasury Laws Amendment (Combating Illegal Phoenixing) Bill 2019 - Third Reading - Suspend the usual procedural 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 usual procedural rules to speed things along.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

26th Nov 2019, 4:45 PM – Representatives Questions without Notice: Additional Answers - Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by the Leader of the Opposition and Grayndler MP Anthony Albanese (Labor), which means it failed. The motion was to suspend the usual procedural rules (known as standing orders) so that a vote can take place.

Motion text

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

(1) notes that:

(a) on the evening of 23 October 2019, The Guardian reported the Minister for Emissions Reduction had used incorrect figures from the City of Sydney Annual Report 2017-18 in a letter to the Lord Mayor of Sydney;

(b) on 24 October 2019, the Minister told the House "The document was drawn directly from the City of Sydney's website";

(c) despite the Minister's claim, all the evidence to date is that no such document ever existed on the website, the altered document has only ever been produced by the Minister's office and the doctored figures have only ever been used by the Minister in his official Ministerial correspondence;

(d) today, the NSW Police confirmed that it had launched Strike Force Garrad to investigate the matter;

(e) paragraph 7.1 of the Ministerial Standards make clear that it is for the Prime Minister to stand aside a Minister if that Minister becomes the subject of an official investigation of alleged illegal conduct; and

(f) in Question Time today, the Prime Minister stonewalled, ridiculed Labor for demanding the Minister for Emissions Reduction be immediately stood aside and shut down debate on the Minister’s conduct; and

(2) therefore, condemns the Prime Minister for his contempt for this Parliament and the principles of ministerial integrity and accountability.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

26th Nov 2019, 3:07 PM – Representatives Motions - Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules (known as standing orders) so that a vote on the division below could take place. This means that the vote will not happen.

Division 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:

(a) on the evening of 23 October 2019, The Guardian reported the Minister for Emissions Reduction had used incorrect figures from the City of Sydney Annual Report 2017-18 in a letter to the Lord Mayor of Sydney;

(b) on 24 October 2019, the Minister told the House "The document was drawn directly from the City of Sydney's website";

(c) despite the Minister's claim, all the evidence to date is that no such document ever existed on the website, the altered document has only ever been produced by the Minister's office and the doctored figures have only ever been used by the Minister in his official Ministerial correspondence;

(d) today, the NSW Police confirmed that it had launched Strike Force Garrad to investigate the matter; and

(e) paragraph 7.1 of the Ministerial Standards make clear that it is for the Prime Minister to stand aside a Minister if that Minister becomes the subject of an official investigation of alleged illegal conduct; and

(2) therefore, calls on the Prime Minister to do what only he can under the Ministerial Standards and immediately stand the Minister for Emissions Reduction down.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

25th Nov 2019, 12:08 PM – Representatives Private Members' Business - Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Watson MP Tony Burke, which means it failed. The motion was to suspend the usual procedural rules of Parliament (known as standing orders) so that a vote could take place.

Motion text

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

That the House:

(1) notes that:

(a) on the evening of 23 October 2019, the Guardian reported the Minister for Emissions Reduction had used incorrect figures from the City of Sydney Annual Report 2017-18 in a letter to the Lord Mayor of Sydney;

(b) the next day, the Minister told the House "The document was drawn directly from the City of Sydney's website";

(c) despite the Minister's claim, all the evidence to date is that no such document ever existed on the website, the altered document has only ever been produced by the Minister's office and the doctored figures have only ever been used by the Minister in his official ministerial correspondence; including:

(i) City of Sydney metadata which shows the Annual Report on its website has not been altered since it was published on 27 November 2018;

(ii) public archives which show the Annual Report published on the City of Sydney website contained the correct travel figures on 27 March, 20 April, 19 June and 24 October 2019;

(iii) a Daily Telegraph report that "Mr Taylor's office had sent The Daily Telegraph the altered document"; and

(iv) the draft letter the Minister's Department submitted to the Minister's office contained no travel figures at all; and

(d) deliberately misleading the Parliament is both a contempt of the Parliament and a breach of the Ministerial Standards; and

(2) therefore, calls on the Minister for Emissions Reduction to make a full and frank statement to the House before it rises tonight explaining how he has not deliberately misled the Parliament.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

24th Oct 2019, 3:18 PM – Representatives Motions - Manager of Opposition Business - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to make an exception to the usual procedural rules (known as standing orders) so that a vote can happen. This means that the vote won't take place.

Motion text

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

That the House:

(1) notes the:

(a) Prime Minister's statement in the House on Monday this week that "Whether they're politicians, journalists, public officials, anyone—there is no-one in this country who is above the law";

(b) reported provision of a forged document to The Daily Telegraph by the Minister for Emissions Reduction in an attempt to influence the public duty of the Lord Mayor of Sydney;

(c) creation and/or knowing use of a forged document in an attempt to influence a public duty is a serious indictable offence under New South Wales law punishable by up to 10 years in prison;

(d) failure to report knowledge of a serious indictable offence is also an offence under New South Wales law punishable by up to two years in prison;

(e) Minister for Emissions Reduction has failed to explain his role in, or knowledge of, the creation and/or use of a forged document used in an attempt to influence the public duty of the Lord Mayor of Sydney; and

(f) Minister has refused to give straight answers to simple questions about these crimes, as if the public has no right to know; and

(2) having regard to the foregoing, calls on the Prime Minister to ask the New South Wales Police to investigate whether the Minister for Emissions Reduction has committed a crime.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

16th Oct 2019, 3:06 PM – Representatives Motions - Economy - Suspend the usual rules

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual parliamentary rules (known as standing orders) so that a vote can happen.

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 immediately:

That the House:

(1) notes that:

(a) the International Monetary Fund has slashed its growth forecast for the Australian economy for this year by almost 20 per cent;

(b) the downgrade to Australia's growth forecast by the International Monetary Fund is four times worse than the downgrade to advanced economies;

(c) the Government has consistently ignored growing evidence that the Australian economy is floundering, including:

(i) the slowest economic growth in a decade;

(ii) the worst wages growth on record;

(iii) a record 1.9 million Australians being unemployed or underemployed;

(iv) a decline in GDP per capita last year, with flat growth in the last quarter;

(v) record levels of household debt;

(vi) consumer confidence at a four-year low;

(vii) business confidence well below average; and

(viii) sluggish productivity growth;

(d) the International Monetary Fund has called on countries, including Australia, to provide fiscal support, saying "Monetary policy cannot be the only game in town and should be coupled with fiscal support where fiscal space is available"; and

(e) the Government has no plan to address Australia's floundering economy and continues to ignore calls from the Reserve Bank of Australia and the International Monetary Fund to provide fiscal support, including by investing in infrastructure; and

(2) therefore, calls on the Prime Minister to be straight with the Australian people about Australia's floundering economy and develop a plan to stimulate economic growth, including by bringing forward infrastructure investment across the nation including in regional and rural Australia.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

15th Oct 2019, 5:12 PM – Representatives Motions - Climate Change - Suspend the usual rules

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by MP for Melbourne Adam Bandt (Greens), which means it failed. The purpose of this motion was to suspend the usual parliamentary rules (known as standing orders) so that another question could be put to the House.

Motion text

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

That the House:

(1) declares an environment and climate emergency;

(2) recognises that:

(a) the recent report of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Special Report: Global Warming of 1.5 °C, indicates that we are facing a climate emergency, and as a result, meaningful action on climate change is urgent, at home and internationally;

(b) this IPCC report has found that the world is not on track to limit global warming to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius;

(c) at a national level, England, France, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and Canada have all declared a climate emergency; and

(d) unmitigated climate change will lead to a steep increase in the severity and frequency of extreme weather events that will devastate large parts of Australia and radically impact food production, water availability, public health, infrastructure, the community and the financial system; and

(3) notes that the Government has acknowledged urgent action is required to address climate change and calls on the Government to take urgent action consistent with avoiding catastrophic climate change, the goals of the Paris Agreement and internationally accepted science.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

15th Oct 2019, 4:18 PM – Representatives Motions - Casinos - Suspend the usual rules

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A large majority voted against the motion introduced by MP for Clark Andrew Wilkie (Independent), which means it failed. This motion was to suspend the usual parliamentary rules (known as standing orders) so that another vote could take place.

Motion text

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

That the House of Representatives calls on the Australian Government to establish a Royal Commission to inquire into and report on the Australian casino industry, with particular reference to:

(1) allegations of Crown Casino's links to organised domestic and foreign crime, money laundering, tampering with poker machines, domestic violence and drug trafficking, including but not limited to:

(a) the allegations concerning Crown, raised by the Member for Denison in the House of Representatives on 18 October 2017;

(b) the Member for Clark's referral of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, and Victoria Police, to the Victorian Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission on 24 July 2019;

(c) reports by Nine newspapers and 60 Minutes in July 2019 concerning alleged criminal activity involving Crown;

(d) the Member for Clark's referral of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation to the Victorian Ombudsman on 13 August 2019;

(e) the Member for Clark's referral of Crown Perth to the Premier of Western Australia on 19 September 2019;

(f) the allegations of criminal activity provided by a driver formerly associated with Crown revealed by the Member for Clark in the House of Representatives on 30 July 2019, and again during a media event yesterday, including the failure to process inbound and outbound flights and passengers;

(g) the evidence of money laundering at Crown revealed by the ABC and the Member for Clark today;

(h) the response to these allegations, including the possibility of criminality, by relevant state and federal agencies including but not limited to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, Victoria Police, the Australian Federal Police, Border Force and the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre;

(i) the conduct of people associated directly with Crown, including the possibility of criminality and corruption; and

(j) the conduct of serving and former politicians and party officials especially relevant to Crown, including the possibility of criminality or corruption.

(2) the performance of relevant federal agencies regarding the operation of Australian casinos generally including but not limited to the Australian Federal Police, Border Force and the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre.

(3) the conduct of Australian casino owners, board members and staff generally;

(4) the conduct of serving and former politicians and party officials regarding Australian casinos generally; and

(5) any related matters.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a large majority

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.

No 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.

No 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.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority