How Michael Sukkar voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase the tax rate for working holiday visa holders so that they are taxed at a rate of 19% on every dollar earned up to $37,000

Division Michael Sukkar Supporters vote Division outcome

24th Nov 2016, 4:51 PM – Representatives Income Tax Rates Amendment (Working Holiday Maker Reform) Bill 2016 - Consideration of Senate Message - Reject Senate amendments

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The majority voted in favour of not making the amendments proposed in the Senate.

The Senate must now decide whether or not to insist on these amendments.

Read more about the proposed amendments.

What do these bills do?

This bill is part of a series of bills to change the income tax arrangements 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.

For visa holders earning up to $37,000, the bills propose to apply a tax rate of 19%.

Read more about the bills in the bills digest.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

24th Nov 2016 – Representatives Income Tax Rates Amendment (Working Holiday Maker Reform) Bill 2016 - Consideration of Senate Message - Accept amendment

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The majority voted against making the amendments proposed in the Senate.

Read more about the proposed amendments.

What do these bills do?

This bill is part of a series of bills to change the income tax arrangements 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.

For visa holders earning up to $37,000, the bills propose to apply a tax rate of 19%.

Read more about the bills in the bills digest.

No No (strong) Not passed by a small majority

How "voted very strongly for" is worked out

The MP's votes count towards a weighted average where the most important votes get 50 points, less important votes get 10 points, and less important votes for which the MP was absent get 2 points. In important votes the MP gets awarded the full 50 points for voting the same as the policy, 0 points for voting against the policy, and 25 points for not voting. In less important votes, the MP gets 10 points for voting with the policy, 0 points for voting against, and 1 (out of 2) if absent.

Then, the number gets converted to a simple english language phrase based on the range of values it's within.

No of votes Points Out of
Most important votes (50 points)      
MP voted with policy 2 100 100
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 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 100 100

*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 = 100 / 100 = 100%.

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