How Greg Hunt voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should introduce the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, which is a cap-and-trade system of emissions trading introduced by the Rudd Labor Government

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11th Feb 2010, 11:11 AM – Representatives Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2010 - Second Reading - Read a second time

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The majority voted in favour of reading the bill for a second time.(Read more about the stages that a bill must pass through here. )

This means that the majority agreed with the main idea of the bill, which was to introduce a Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

There was one rebel voter in this division.(Read more about rebel voters and crossing the floor in our FAQ section. ) Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull crossed the floor to vote with the government.

Background to the bill

The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2010 was introduced with ten related bills to create the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. This is the third attempt to introduce this scheme.(Read about the previous attempts here. )

The scheme is an emission trading scheme designed to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in an effort to address climate change. It gives effect to Australia's obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.

The design of the scheme has been criticised by the business community for threatening jobs and by environmentalists for not going far enough with its emission reduction targets.(Read more about these criticisms here.)

The ten other bills are called:

References

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

16th Nov 2009, 5:49 PM – Representatives Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2009 [No. 2] - Consideration in Detail - Agree to the bill

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The majority voted in favour of a motion that the bill be agreed to.(Read more about the stages that a bill must pass through here. )

This means that the House can now decide whether to read the bill for a third time. Though note that in this case, the House subsequently agreed to read the bill for a third time without a formal division.(See the record of these votes on Open Australia here. Read more about why not all votes are decided by formal division in our FAQ section. )

Background to the bill

The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2009 (No. 2) was introduced as part of a package of six bills along with five other related bills to introduce the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. It is identical to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2009 as amended in the House of Representatives before it was negated in the Senate.(See that division here. )

The scheme is an emission trading scheme designed to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in an effort to address climate change. It gives effect to Australia's obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.

The design of the scheme has been criticised by the business community for threatening jobs and by environmentalists for not going far enough with its emission reduction targets.(Read more about these criticisms here.)

The six bills that were introduced as a package are called:

The five other related bills are called:

References

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

16th Nov 2009, 5:43 PM – Representatives Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2009 [No. 2] - Consideration in Detail - Don't apply scheme to food production

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The majority voted against an amendment introduced by Independent MP Tony Windsor. This means that the amendment was rejected.

The amendment was:

Schedule 1, item 159, page 36, after subsection (2A) (after line 27) add:

(2B) The regulations must not declare that emissions of greenhouse gas emitted in connection with the production of food are covered by the carbon pollution reduction scheme.

This amendment would have ensured that food commodities from agricultural products will not be included in the emissions trading scheme.(Read MP Windsor's full explanation of his amendment here. )

Background to the bill

The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2009 (No. 2) was introduced as part of a package of six bills along with five other related bills to introduce the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. It is identical to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2009 as amended in the House of Representatives before it was negated in the Senate.(See that division here. )

The scheme is an emission trading scheme designed to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in an effort to address climate change. It gives effect to Australia's obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.

The design of the scheme has been criticised by the business community for threatening jobs and by environmentalists for not going far enough with its emission reduction targets.(Read more about these criticisms here.)

The six bills that were introduced as a package are called:

The five other related bills are called:

References

Yes No Not passed by a small majority

16th Nov 2009, 4:40 PM – Representatives Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 [No. 2] - 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, which was to introduce the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, and the House can now consider the bill in more detail.(Read more about the stages that a bill must pass through here. )

Note that the House subsequently agreed to the bill and read it a third time.(See the record of these votes on Open Australia here. Read more about why not all votes are decided by formal division in our FAQ section. )

Background to the bill

The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 (No. 2) was introduced as part of a package of six bills along with five other related bills to introduce the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. It is identical to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 as amended in the House of Representatives before it was negated in the Senate.(See that division here. )

The scheme is an emission trading scheme designed to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in an effort to address climate change. It gives effect to Australia's obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.

The design of the scheme has been criticised by the business community for threatening jobs and by environmentalists for not going far enough with its emission reduction targets.(Read more about these criticisms here.)

The six bills that were introduced as a package are called:

The five other related bills are called:

References

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

16th Nov 2009, 4:34 PM – Representatives Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 [No. 2] - Second Reading - Defer consideration

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The majority voted in favour of a motion "That the words proposed to be omitted (Mr Turnbull’s amendment) stand part of the question." This means that Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull's amendment is unsuccessful and that the words of the motion that it tried to amend will remain unchanged.

The original motion was "That this bill be now read a second time."

Mr Turnbull's amendment was the following:

That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:“the House:

(1) believes that the Government’s proposed emissions trading scheme is flawed and in its current form will cost Australian jobs and investment, and simply export rather than reduce global greenhouse gas emissions: (2) supports the Coalition in again calling on the Government to defer consideration of this legislation, which will impose the single largest structural change to the Australian economy, until after the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit has concluded in less than 50 days time; (3) notes that as the Government remains determined to keep an utterly artificial and self-imposed deadline of this Parliamentary year and as such before the world meets to address the important issue of global action, the Coalition has proposed changes to the Government’s ETS to ensure the following critical matters are addressed: (a) that emissions-intensive trade-exposed industries remain on a level playing field with competitors in other advanced economies; (b) that agriculture is excluded from the scheme, rather than included after 2015, and farmers have access to agricultural offset credits; (c) that the impact of higher electricity prices on small businesses be moderated; (d) that the coal industry is required to reduce fugitive emissions as technically feasible, but not be unfairly financially penalised: (e) that transitional assistance to coal-fired electricity generators is sufficient to ensure that electricity supply security is maintained and the generators remain viable; and (f) that complementary measures such as voluntary action and energy efficiency are encouraged”.

Background to the bill

The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 (No. 2) was introduced as part of a package of six bills along with five other related bills to introduce the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. It is identical to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 as amended in the House of Representatives before it was negated in the Senate.(See that division here. )

The scheme is an emission trading scheme designed to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in an effort to address climate change. It gives effect to Australia's obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.

The design of the scheme has been criticised by the business community for threatening jobs and by environmentalists for not going far enough with its emission reduction targets.(Read more about these criticisms here.)

The six bills that were introduced as a package are called:

The five other related bills are called:

References

No Yes Passed by a small majority

4th Jun 2009, 11:40 AM – Representatives Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 - Consideration in Detail - Agree to the bill

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The majority voted in favour of a motion "That the bill, as amended, be agreed to."

This means that the MPs can now consider whether to read the bill for a third time and therefore pass it through House of Representatives and send it to the Senate for their consideration.(Read more about the stages that a bill must pass through here. ) In this case, the bill was subsequently read for a third time without further division.(See the Open Australia record of the third reading here. Read more about why divisions are not called on all questions in Parliament in our FAQ section. )

Background to the bill

The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 was introduced as part of a package of six bills to introduce the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.(Read more about the scheme on Wikipedia. ) This is an emission trading scheme designed to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in an effort to address climate change. The scheme gives effect to Australia's obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.

The design of the scheme has been criticised by the business community for threatening jobs and by environmentalists for not going far enough with its emission reduction targets.(Read more about these criticisms here.)

The six bills that were introduced as a package are called:

References

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

4th Jun 2009, 9:32 AM – Representatives Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 - 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.(Read more about the stages that a bill must pass through here. ) This means that the majority agreed with the main idea of the bill, which was to introduce the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. The MPs can now consider the bill in more detail.

Background to the bill

The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 was introduced as part of a package of six bills to introduce the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.(Read more about the scheme on Wikipedia. ) This is an emission trading scheme designed to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in an effort to address climate change. The scheme gives effect to Australia's obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.

The design of the scheme has been criticised by the business community for threatening jobs and by environmentalists for not going far enough with its emission reduction targets.(Read more about these criticisms here.)

The six bills that were introduced as a package are called:

References

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

4th Jun 2009, 9:27 AM – Representatives Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 - Second Reading - Defer consideration

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The majority voted in favour of a motion "That the words proposed to be omitted (Mr Turnbull’s amendment) stand part of the question." This means that Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull's amendment is unsuccessful and that the words of the motion that it tried to amend will remain unchanged.

The original motion was "That this bill be now read a second time."

Mr Turnbull's amendment was the following:

That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:—”the House defer consideration of the bill until the following have occurred:

(1) the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit at the end of this year has concluded;

(2) the Barack Obama administration in the United States has clarified its intentions in this area;

(3) the Government has referred its Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) to the Productivity Commission so that it may conduct a six-month review to: (a) assess the national, regional and industry sectoral impact of the CPRS in light of the global financial crisis; (b) assess the economic impact of the CPRS in light of other countries either not imposing a price on carbon comparable to that proposed for Australia or imposing such a price after different assumed periods of delay; and (c) conceptually and empirically examine the relative costs and benefits (including emissions reductions) of the key alternative scheme designs against the CPRS; and

(4) the Productivity Commission’s reports on these topics have been publicly released.

Background to the bill

The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 was introduced as part of a package of six bills to introduce the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.(Read more about the scheme on Wikipedia. ) This is an emission trading scheme designed to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in an effort to address climate change. The scheme gives effect to Australia's obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.

The design of the scheme has been criticised by the business community for threatening jobs and by environmentalists for not going far enough with its emission reduction targets.(Read more about these criticisms here.)

The six bills that were introduced as a package are called:

References

No 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 5 0 250
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 3 0 30
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 0 280

*Pressure of other work means MPs or Senators are not always available to vote – it does not always indicate they have abstained. Therefore, being absent on a less important vote makes a disproportionatly small difference.

Agreement score = MP's points / total points = 0 / 280 = 0.0%.

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