How Fiona Phillips 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 Fiona Phillips Supporters vote Division outcome

18th Jun 2020, 9:50 AM – Representatives Motions - Automotive Industry - Do not suspend the usual procedural orders

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to disagree with the motion introduced by Kennedy MP Bob Katter, which means the motion wasn't passed and was unsuccessful.

Motion text

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

That the House:

(1) notes that:

(a) on the 17th February 2020 General Motors announced the retirement of the Holden Brand in Australia; and

(b) the Government's free trade agreements have destroyed our Australian manufacturing industry;

(2) acknowledges that the Government must build our way out of a COVID-19 economic depression with 'make money' projects; and

(3) calls on the Government to:

(a) support the reestablishment of an Australian car manufacturing industry with a majority Australian shareholding; and

(b) put relevant policies in place to ensure that all cars purchased by the Federal Government are made in Australia.

No No (strong) Passed by a small majority

14th May 2020, 10:11 AM – Representatives Motions - Dairy Industry - Don't let a vote happen

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The majority voted in favour of disagreeing with the motion to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - in order to let a vote happen. In other words, they voted against letting the MP for Kennedy Bob Katter (Katter's Australian Party) move his motion related to the dairy industry.

Motion text

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

That the House:

(1) notes that:

(a) on 6 May 2020 the Minister for Agriculture put out a media release titled "Time to stop milking dairy, fair go for farmers";

(b) nearly 500 dairy farmers have left the industry in the past year;

(c) the ACCC in 2018 identified that there is a market imbalance between processors and farmers;

(d) in the state of Queensland alone the number of dairy farmers has dropped from 1,305 in 2000-2001 to 356 in 2019;

(e) Australia had 12,896 dairy farms in the year 2000;

(f) in 2018 there were just 5,699 dairy farms, a reduction of 57 per cent which is likely to have increased in the last 12 months;

(g) in the North Queensland dairy area before deregulation farmers got 60.4 cents per litre, but after deregulation they got 41.1 cents;

(h) Dairy Australia's Situation and Outlook March 2020 report says dairy farmers have been impacted by the summer bushfires adding additional price pressures to their operations, including in:

(i) NSW, 32 dairy farms on the south coast and far south coast and eight on the mid coast;

(ii) North East Victoria, 35 dairy farms directly affected and 11 more operations significantly impacted;

(iii) East Gippsland in Victoria, approximately 30 dairy farms affected in the direct fire zone with varying degrees of impact, including two known to have lost major assets; and

(iv) South Australia, 12 dairy farms affected by fires prior to Christmas;

(i) Dairy Australia has also stated a range of factors weighed on economic growth last year, including geopolitical tensions, trade policy uncertainty, social unrest and stressed emerging markets and overall, growth in global output fell 0.7 per cent to 2.9 per cent, the lowest level since the 2008-09 financial crisis;

(j) the Australian Dairy Situation Analysis dated May 2019 states that Australian dairy farmers operate in a deregulated and open market, leaving them quite exposed to the product price adjustments induced by global market shocks and associated flow on impact to farm gate milk prices, which, coupled with increased volatility in the availability and pricing of key production inputs such as water and feed has undermined local farmer confidence in the long term dairy market outlook and the scope to extract reliable returns from their milk to build a longer term future; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) give more support to Australia's dairy farmers;

(b) instruct the ACCC to develop a minimum farmgate milk price;

(c) enforce the minimum farmgate milk price through the Dairy Code of Conduct; and

(d) as an interim measure, provide a mechanism for mandating the voluntary milk levy until the minimum farmgate price is established or create an offence to purchase fresh milk below the minimum price to farmers that will be set by an arbitration authority designated by the ACCC.

No No (strong) Passed by a small majority

5th Mar 2020, 3:20 PM – Representatives Motions - Prime Minister - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Grayndler MP Anthony Albanese, which means it failed. The motion would have suspended the usual procedural rules to let a vote happen, something that's known as suspending the standing orders.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

3rd Mar 2020, 3:12 PM – Representatives Motions - Prime Minister - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Grayndler MP Anthony Albanese, which means it failed. The motion would have suspended the usual procedural rules to let a vote happen, something that's known as suspending the standing orders.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

27th Feb 2020, 3:13 PM – Representatives Motions - Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Grayndler MP Anthony Albanese, which means it failed. The motion would have suspended the usual procedural rules to let a vote happen, something that's known as suspending the standing orders.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

27th Feb 2020, 9:51 AM – Representatives Motions - Prime Minister - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual rules to allow a vote to happen. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to suspend standing orders. It was introduced by Ballarat MP Catherine King (Labor).

Motion text

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

That the House:

(1) notes the Prime Minister:

(a) has taken his rorts to the streets, allocating more than 83 percent of the $3 billion Urban Congestion Fund to Liberal seats and marginal seats targeted by the Liberal Party;

(b) allocated funding to every Liberal seat that was marginal or under threat, as well as several marginal regional electorates held or targeted by the Liberal Party;

(c) did not allocate a cent to address congestion in 38 urban and regional city seats held by non-Government Members;

(d) incorrectly claimed the projects were election commitments, when the Urban Congestion Fund was established in the 2018 Budget;

(e) did not release any guidelines, did not formally call for expressions of interest, did not spend a cent from the Urban Congestion Fund in 2018-19, but did spend $17 million of government resources on pre-election advertisements telling us how good it was; and

(f) repeatedly sought to downplay and dismiss the serious allegation that his government continually spends taxpayer dollars for private political gain; and

(2) therefore calls on the Prime Minister to:

(a) correct his incorrect statement that Urban Congestion Fund projects are election commitments; and

(b) explain why his Government used taxpayer money as though it was its own personal marketing fund.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

26th Feb 2020, 5:34 PM – Representatives Statute Update (Regulations References) Bill 2020 - Third Reading - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to let a vote happen. In parliamentary jargon, they voted in favour of suspending the usual rules - known as standing orders - which means the third reading motion - the vote on whether to pass the bill - can take place "without delay".

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

26th Feb 2020, 5:00 PM – Representatives Motions - Aged Care, Morrison Government - 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. The motion was to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - to allow a vote to happen.

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:

(a) the Government is privatising the Aged Care Assessment Teams, the only part of the aged care system that is working well, before the Aged Care Royal Commission has even finished its work;

(b) the Minister representing the Minister for Aged Care won't even own up to these plans;

(c) this Government routinely prevents debate on issues of vital importance to this nation, including today's message from the Senate;

(d) the extent to which this Government is silencing debate in the House of Representatives is without precedent in the history of Federation; and

(e) this Government has not granted leave for a single urgent Opposition motion in this term of Parliament, has routinely shut down suspension of standing order motions, and even passed legislation where not a single person spoke other than the Minister; and

(2) therefore, asserts:

(a) this should be a chamber where elected representatives come together to debate; and

(b) this Government's practice of constantly silencing voices other than its own has no place in democracy.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

26th Feb 2020, 3:21 PM – Representatives Motions - Prime Minister - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Grayndler MP Anthony Albanese (Labor), which means it failed. The motion would have suspended the usual procedural rules to let a vote happen, something that's known as suspending the standing orders.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

6th Feb 2020, 3:22 PM – Representatives Motions - Prime Minister - Suspend the usual procedural rules

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Leader of the Opposition and Grayndler MP Anthony Albanese (Labor) to suspend the usual parliamentary procedural rules - known as standing orders - in order 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 the Prime Minister:

(a) is incapable of expressing regret and admitting when he is wrong;

(b )blames others and attempts to cover up his failings with false or misleading claims, including but in no way limited to the Prime Minister's:

(i) claim the response to the national bushfire crisis was a matter for the states and territories;

(ii) claim volunteer firefighters didn't need compensation because they wanted to be there;

(iii) statement that he didn't hold a hose when Australians were looking to him for national leadership in an unprecedented bushfire crisis; and

(iv) claim he had a conversation with a bushfire survivor who had lost everything when he instead forced her to shake his hand only to turn his back when she asked for help; and

(c) can't learn from his mistakes if he never admits them; and

(2) therefore, calls on the Prime Minister to put the national interest ahead of his political interest.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

6th Feb 2020, 9:54 AM – Representatives Motions - Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Hindmarsh MP Mark Butler (Labor), which means it failed. The motion was to suspend the usual parliamentary 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 Member for Hindmarsh from moving the following motion immediately—That the House:

(1) notes:

(a) New South Wales Police detectives formed Strike Force Garrad in November 2019 to investigate the creation of a fraudulent document that was disseminated by the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction as part of a political attack on the Lord Mayor of Sydney;

(b) New South Wales Police concluded "the document had to have been doctored from Canberra";

(c) the criminal investigation by New South Wales Police, encompassing the use of the fraudulent document by the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, was referred to the Australian Federal Police in December 2019;

(d) the Australian Federal Police has not concluded its assessment of the state referral;

(e) the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction has not provided a full statement to the House about the role the Minister and his office played in the creation and dissemination of a fraudulent document which gave rise to long-running, and not-yet-concluded, criminal investigations in two jurisdictions;

(f) the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction has not advised if he and/or his office has assisted the criminal investigations related to his conduct by providing statements, documents and access to data;

(g) the Prime Minister has failed to uphold his ministerial standards by failing to sack the Minister for Emissions Reduction for repeated breaches of those standards, including bringing the government and this House into disrepute by creating and/or disseminating a fraudulent document; and

(h) the Prime Minister has failed to explain why the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction holds a place in his Cabinet when the former Minister for Agriculture, Senator McKenzie, was forced to resign her place; and

(2) requires the:

(a) Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction to attend the House at any time before 1 pm today and, for a time not exceeding 10 minutes:

(i) provide a full statement to the House about his role in the creation and dissemination of a fraudulent document that targeted the Lord Mayor of Sydney;

(ii) advise how he has assisted New South Wales and Federal police in the conduct of their inquiries; and

(iii) apologise to the House for his conduct; and

(b) Prime Minister to attend the House at any time before 1.30 pm today and, for a time not exceeding 10 minutes, explain to the House why the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction is fit to serve as a Minister in his government but Senator McKenzie is not.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

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.

absent 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.

absent 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.

absent 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.

absent 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.

No 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.

Yes 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.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

27th Nov 2019, 6:36 PM – Representatives Documents - Gillard, Ms Julia Eileen, Ac; Presentation - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion moved by the Leader of the Opposition and MP for Grayndler Anthony Albanese (Labor) to suspend the usual 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 responding to the actions of the Leader of the House in tabling the letter from the Prime Minister.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

27th Nov 2019, 6:13 PM – Representatives Motions - Prime Minister - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual rules - known as standing orders - so that a vote can take place.

Yes Yes (strong) Not 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.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

27th Nov 2019, 4:42 PM – Representatives Motions - Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by the MP for Grayndler and Leader of the Opposition Anthony Albanese (Labor), which means it failed.

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) today in Question Time the Prime Minister refused to answer questions about his telephone call with the New South Wales Police Commissioner in which he discussed the instigation, nature and substance of the criminal investigation concerning the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction;

(b) the Prime Minister's account of the conversation is at odds with the account of the NSW Police Commissioner; and

(2) therefore, the House calls on the Government to table the following documents before rise tonight:

(a) the transcript of the telephone call between the Prime Minister and the New South Wales Police Commissioner on Tuesday, 26 November 2019;

(b) any briefing provided by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in relation to the call; and

(c) any notes taken by the Prime Minister, his staff or departmental officials during the call.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

27th Nov 2019, 3:15 PM – Representatives Motions - Prime Minister - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against suspending the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - to let a vote happen. This motion was introduced by Leader of the Opposition and MP for Grayndler Anthony Albanese (Labor).

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) shortly before Question Time yesterday, the NSW Police issued a statement confirming that detectives had launched Strike Force Garrad to investigate a fraudulent document used by the Minister for Emissions Reduction;

(b) the statement by the NSW Police said "as investigations are ongoing, no further information is available";

(c) despite that statement and only hours later, the Prime Minister called the NSW Police Commissioner and sought further information, later telling the Parliament they had spoken "about the instigation, the nature and the substance of their inquiries";

(d) today, Malcolm Turnbull said it would have been much better had the Prime Minister's phone call to the NSW Police Commissioner not been made because it was important the inquiry "is seen to be conducted entirely free of political influence"; and

(e) when Members of his Government were the subject of a police investigation, John Howards said "I told my colleagues that the Federal Police should be allowed to carry out this investigation without let or hindrance from me or anybody in the federal government"; and

(2) therefore resolves, the Prime Minister acted inappropriately by:

(a) calling the NSW Police Commissioner when all he had in mind was his own political interest and not the national interest; and

(b) thinking none of the usual rules of integrity and accountability apply to him.

Yes Yes (strong) Not 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.

No 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.

No 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.

Yes 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.

Yes 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.

Yes 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.

Yes 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.

Yes 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.

Yes 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

16th Sep 2019, 3:06 PM – Representatives Motions - Prime Minister - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Leader of the Opposition and Grayndler MP Anthony Albanese, which means it failed. The motion was to suspend the usual parliamentary 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:

(a) the Prime Minister has refused to sack the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction despite the Minister admitting on radio he was acting for private interests instead of the public interest and despite the Minister's clear and repeated breaches of the Prime Minister's Ministerial Standards;

(b) the Prime Minister has prevented the Member for Chisholm from providing a full statement in her own words to this House where words carry consequences and instead relied on a statement prepared by the Prime Minister's office issued outside the House;

(c) on Friday, the Prime Minister denied using the phrase "Shanghai Sam" despite using it at least 17 times, including twice in the House; and

(d) the Prime Minister's attempt to cover up his untruth on Friday with another untruth is just the latest in a long line of misdirection ad obfuscation from this Prime Minister; and

(2) therefore, condemns this Prime Minister for repeatedly abandoning any sense of integrity whenever it is politically expedient for him to do so.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

16th Sep 2019, 1:28 PM – Representatives Motions - Member for Chisholm - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual parliamentary rules - known as standing orders - to let a vote happen. It was moved by Isaacs MP Mark Dreyfus (Labor).

Motion text

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

(1) notes the confirmation from the Speaker that only in respect to statements made in the House can Members be fully held to account for their words; and

(2) therefore, calls on the Member for Chisholm to make a statement in the House at any time before 5pm, for a time not exceeding 20 minutes, which responds to:

(a) allegations sourced from within the Victorian Division of the Liberal Party about the Member's past and present associations and fundraising activities;

(b) discrepancies between the media statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office on Wednesday, 11 September 2019, in the Member's name, and both her statement of registrable interests and statements the Member made to the media just hours before the media statement was issued;

(c) questions about the Prime Minister's knowledge of the Member's past and present associations and fundraising activities; and

*(d) questions which have been raised concerning her fitness to be a Member of the Australian Parliament. *

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

12th Sep 2019, 10:01 AM – Representatives Motions - Member for Chisholm - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual parliamentary rules - known as standing orders - to let a vote happen. It was moved by Isaacs MP Mark Dreyfus (Labor).

Motion text

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

That the House:

(1) notes there are obligations for statements made by Members to the House which do not extend to statements released outside the House; and

(2) therefore, calls on the Member for Chisholm to make a statement in the House at any time before 2 pm, for a time not exceeding 20 minutes, which responds to:

(a) widespread reports in the media about the Member this week;

(b) discrepancies in the Member's public statements this week; and

(c) questions which have been raised concerning her fitness to be a Member of the Australian Parliament.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

10th Sep 2019, 3:27 PM – Representatives Motions - Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction; Attempted Censure - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Grayndler MP Anthony Albanese (Labor), which means it failed. The motion was to suspend the usual 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 Member for Grayndler from moving the following motion immediately—That the House:

(1) notes that:

(a) the only compliance investigation by the Department of Environment and Energy into alleged poisoning of critically endangered grasslands in the Monaro region relates to land owned by Jam Land Pty Limited which is itself part-owned by the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction;

(b) the Minister met with the Department of Environment and Energy and the office of the then Minister for the Environment and Energy, and now Treasurer, to discuss the listing of critically endangered grasslands while the department was investigating the alleged poisoning of the same grasslands on land owned by Jam Land;

(c) an FOI and an answer to a Question on Notice from the Department of Environment and Energy confirms the Minister has failed to declare his interest in Jam Land to the Department;

(d) the Minister has failed to declare his interests in Jam Land to the House as required by the Ministerial Standards and resolutions and standing orders of the House; and

(e) the Minister has repeatedly told the House he was representing the interests of farmers in his electorate but the Minister has admitted on ABC Radio Illawarra that he has been representing his own private interests, again in breach of the Ministerial Standards;

(2) censures the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction for repeatedly breaching the Ministerial Standards by:

(a) failing to appropriately declare his personal and pecuniary interest;

(b) using his ministerial office to advance his private interests at the expense of the public interest; and

(c) deliberately misleading the House; and

(3) therefore, calls on the Minister to resign, and if he will not, calls on the Prime Minister to immediately sack the Minister.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

1st Aug 2019, 10:01 AM – Representatives Business - Rearrangement - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual parliamentary rules - known as standing orders - to let a vote happen. It was introduced by Isaacs MP Mark Dreyfus (Labor).

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Isaacs from moving the following motion on notice standing in the name of the Member for Isaacs being called on immediately for debate and being determined by the House—That the House:

(1) notes:

(a) the Prime Minister and the Attorney-General announced on 13 December 2018 that a Commonwealth Integrity Commission would be established;

(b) on 13 December 2018, the Prime Minister said on 2GB the decision to establish a Commonwealth Integrity Commission "was something I had to resolve by the end of the year";

(c) on 26 May 2019, the Attorney-General said a Commonwealth Integrity Commission was a "priority"; and

(d) the Government has not established a Commonwealth Integrity Commission; and

(2) calls on the Government to keep its promise to establish its Commonwealth Integrity Commission.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small 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.

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

How "voted moderately 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 29 1450 1450
MP voted against policy 7 0 350
MP absent 4 100 200
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: 1550 2000

*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 = 1550 / 2000 = 78%.

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