How Phillip Thompson voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should give the private sector control over running and managing its services (such as public welfare and health services)

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11th Sep 2019, 1:14 PM – Representatives Migration Amendment (Streamlining Visa Processing) Bill 2019 - Second Reading - Stop privatisation

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The majority voted against a motion to amend the usual second reading motion, which is "that the bill be read a second time". Agreeing to read a bill for a second time is the same as agreeing with the main idea of the bill.

Motion text

That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

"whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House:

(1) notes that the Government's plan to privatise Australia's visa system will lead to:

(a) cuts to services, increased risk of visa fraud, worker exploitation, and data security breaches; and

(b) the loss of around 2,000 jobs Australia-wide; and

(2) urges the Government to stop its privatisation of Australia's visa system".

No No 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 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 1 10 10
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 10 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 = 10 / 10 = 100%.

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