How Greg Hunt voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase investment in renewable energy technologies

Division Greg Hunt Supporters vote Division outcome

14th Sep 2016, 11:17 AM – Representatives Budget Savings (Omnibus) Bill 2016 - Consideration in Detail - Maintain Australian Renewable Energy Agency funding

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The majority voted against a motion to delete Schedule 5 from the bill, which means it was unsuccessful and that Schedule 5 will remain in the bill.

What does this schedule do?

The purpose of Schedule 5 is to reduce funding to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. According to the bills digest, this:

giv[es] effect to the Government’s policy to discontinue providing grants for renewable energy research and development in favour of a limited new loans and equity investment scheme known as the Clean Energy Innovation Fund

Motion text

(1) Schedule 5, page 18 (lines 1 to 7), omit the Schedule.

No Yes Not passed by a large majority

1st Sep 2014, 8:05 PM – Representatives Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Repeal) Bill 2014 — Second Reading — Criticise abolition of ARENA

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Labor MP Mark Butler, which means that it was rejected.

The motion criticised the government's plan to abolish the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). However, it did not go so far as to decline to give the bill a second reading. When the House gives a bill a second reading, it means that the majority of the House agrees with the main idea of the bill.

Background to the bill

The bill was introduced to abolish the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), which is an independent agency that was established in 2012 to manage the government's renewable energy programs. It has two objectives:

  • to improve the competitiveness of renewable energy technologies; and
  • to increase the supply of renewable energy in Australia.
absent Yes Not passed by a small majority

1st Sep 2014 – Representatives Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Repeal) Bill 2014 - Second Reading - Read a second time

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to read the bill for a second time. This means that the majority agree with the main idea of the bill and that the members can now discuss it in more detail.

Background to the bill

The bill was introduced to abolish the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA),(Read more about ARENA on the organisation's website.) which is an independent agency that was established in 2012 to manage the government's renewable energy programs. It has two objectives:

  • to improve the competitiveness of renewable energy technologies; and
  • to increase the supply of renewable energy in Australia.
absent No Passed by a small majority

14th Jul 2014, 5:52 PM – Representatives Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2014 — Consideration in Detail — Restore funding to ARENA

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The majority voted against a motion "that the amendments moved by the member for Melbourne (Greens MP Adam Bandt) be agreed to", which means that they were rejected.

Mr Bandt explained that the amendments were introduced to restore funding to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency ('ARENA'),(Read Mr Bandt's full explanation of his amendments here. ) which is an independent agency that was set up to manage the government's renewable energy programs. The Liberal Government has announced plans to axe ARENA as part of its budget.(Read more about the Government's plant to axe ARENA here on ABC News. )

Background to the bills

The Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2014 and related bills were introduced to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, which was introduced by the Australian Labor Party while in government. The Coalition described the mechanism as a “carbon tax” and removing it was a key policy platform during the 2013 election.(You can read more about the Coalition's policy to remove the carbon price here. )

The carbon pricing mechanism commenced on 1 July 2012.(For more information on the carbon pricing mechanism and how it works, please see the Clean Energy Regulator’s website. ) It is an emissions trading scheme that puts a price on carbon emissions. It applies to “liable entities” (a group that includes companies that emit a high level of greenhouse gases). Initially the price of carbon is fixed by the mechanism but from 1 July 2015 the price will be set by the market, though the Labor Government did announce plans to bring this forward to 1 July 2014 just before they were defeated by the Coalition in the 2013 election.

This is the third time that this package of bills have been introduced. The first time, they were rejected in the Senate during the third reading stage.(See that division here. ) The second time, they were rejected in the Senate during the committee stage.(See that division here. Read more about this second rejection of this package of bills on ABC News here or on the World Today here.)

The bills included in this package are the following:

No Yes Not passed by a small majority

27th Mar 2014, 1:09 PM – Representatives Clean Energy Finance Corporation (Abolition) Bill 2013 [No. 2] - Third Reading - Read a third time

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to read the bill for a third time.(Read more about the stages a bill must pass through here. )

This means that the majority agreed to pass the bill in the House and that it will now be sent to the Senate for their consideration.

Background

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (Abolition) Bill 2013 (No. 2) was introduced after the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (Abolition) Bill 2013 was rejected in the Senate last year.(See that division here.)

The bill has been introduced to abolish the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, which was created by the previous Labor Government with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Bill 2012. It is a fund dedicated to investing in renewable energy generation.

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Yes No Passed by a small majority

30th May 2012, 7:18 PM – Representatives Clean Energy Finance Corporation Bill 2012 - Second Reading - Read a second time

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to read the bill for a second time.

This means that the majority of Members of Parliament (MPs) agree with the main idea of the bill, which was to establish the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

Now the bill can be discussed in greater detail. However, in this case, the House subsequently agreed to a motion to read the bill for a third time without further division. This means that the bill is passed in the House and will now be sent to the Senate for their consideration.

Background to the bill

The bill was introduced to establish the Clean Energy Finance Corporation as a body corporate and establish the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Special Account.(Learn more about the Clean Energy Finance Corporation on Radio National Breakfast. ) The development and managing of this account is referred at as the 'investment mandate'.(Read more about the investment mandate here. See also the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Investment Mandate Direction 2013 here.) Its purpose is to invest strategically in renewable energy, low emissions and energy efficiency projects and technologies in Australia.

References

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

17th Aug 2009, 9:10 PM – Representatives Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill 2009 and related bills - Consideration in Detail - Coalition amendments

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The majority voted against a series of amendments introduced by Liberal MP Greg Hunt. This means that the amendments will not be proceeding.

Briefly, Hunt MP explained that the amendments would have done the following:(You can read his whole explanation here. )

  • "a full and complete decoupling of the energy intensive sector from the emissions trading scheme"
  • "ensure that the 35½ thousand gigawatt hours of new energy carries with it a 90 per cent exemption for the aluminium sector, because it is perhaps the most energy-intensive and trade-exposed sector of all"
  • "guarantee security for the food processing sector"
  • "ensure that a loophole in relation to the heat pump sector is dealt with"
  • "achieve a target of 8,875 gigawatt hours by 2020, or exactly one-quarter of the 35,500 gigawatt hours of additional energy contained in this bill as the new and additional renewable energy target ... [and] ensure that that quarter ... is reserved for the emerging technologies"

Background to the bills

These three bills were introduced as a package to separate the existing Renewable Energy Target (RET) scheme into two parts: the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET) and the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES).(Read more about the RET scheme here and here. ) This split recognises the difference in scale between the household and industrial sectors.

The RET scheme was first introduced by the Howard Government in 2001 with the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Bill 2000. It supports renewable energy by requiring large buyers of electricity to source a greater percentage of electricity from renewable sources.(Read more about this original bill in its bills digest (1.5 MB).)

The three bills are:

References

Yes No Not passed by a small majority

20th Jun 2006, 6:11 PM – Representatives Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill 2006 - Second Reading - Stand as part of the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion "That the words proposed to be omitted ... stand part of the question". This is a procedural motion that was put after Labor MP Anthony Albanese introduced a motion to omit and replace the words following "That".

Because the majority voted 'aye' in favour of this procedural motion, the original motion that Mr Albanese wanted to amend remains in its original form. The original motion was: "That this bill be now read a second time".(Read more about the stages that a bill must pass through here. )

Background to the bill

The bill was introduced to:

  • enhance market transparency and business certainty;
  • increase opportunities for bioenergy and solar technologies;
  • encourage innovation through recognising emerging renewable electricity generation technologies; and
  • make administrative amendments in relation to the operation of the Mandatory Renewable Energy Target scheme.(Read more about the bill in the bills digest (200 KB).)

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absent Yes Passed by a small majority

How "voted very strongly against" is worked out

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

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

No of votes Points Out of
Most important votes (50 points)      
MP voted with policy 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 1 0 50
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 4 0 40
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 3 3 6
Total: 3 96

*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 = 3 / 96 = 3.1%.

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