How Anthony Albanese voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should allow live animal export and place minimal restrictions on it

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16th Aug 2012, 9:59 AM – Representatives Private Members' Business - Live Animal Exports - Condemn Minister's decision

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Liberal MP Warren Entsch,(Read Mr Entsch's explanation of his motion and the associated debate here. ) which means it was rejected. This motion was:

That this House:

(1) notes the profound financial impact on graziers and associated businesses by the Government's decision to ban live cattle exports to Indonesia on 7 June 2011;(Learn more about the ban on live animal exports to Indonesia on Lateline. )

(2) acknowledges that due to Government maladministration:

(a) the criteria outline in the Business Assistance Payments program offered to affected graziers and businesses contained ambiguous wording and was confusing for applicants;(Read more about this assistance program here.)

(b) Centrelink staff who advised on applications for the Business Assistance Payments program offered inaccurate advice to eligible applicants; and

(c) applicants who met the criteria missed the deadline for the program because they were misinformed about their eligibility; and

(3) condemns the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry for:

(a) refusing to extend the Business Assistance Payments program to assist affected farmers and businesses who experienced financial losses as a direct result of the live export ban; and

(b) his poor handling of the issue, which has led to financial losses in the cattle industry.


No Yes Not passed by a small majority

How "voted consistently 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 0 0 0
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 1 0 10
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 0 10

*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 / 10 = 0.0%.

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