How Kate Thwaites voted compared to someone who believes that Members of Parliament (MPs) and Senators should vote to speed things along by supporting motions to 'put the question' (known as 'closure' or 'gag' motions), which require Parliament to immediately vote on a question rather than debating it any further

Division Kate Thwaites Supporters vote Division outcome

3rd Sep 2020, 5:38 PM – Representatives Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Streamlining Environmental Approvals) Bill 2020 - Third Reading - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to put the question, which is parliamentary jargon for stopping debate on a matter and voting on it immediately.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

3rd Sep 2020, 5:34 PM – Representatives Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Streamlining Environmental Approvals) Bill 2020 - Second Reading - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of motion to put the question. In other words, they voted to speed things along by ending debate and voting on the question immediately.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

3rd Sep 2020, 5:09 PM – Representatives Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Streamlining Environmental Approvals) Bill 2020 - Second Reading - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to speed things along and vote on the question immediately. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to put the question rather than continuing to debate it.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

3rd Sep 2020, 5:04 PM – Representatives Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Streamlining Environmental Approvals) Bill 2020 - Second Reading - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to speed things along by ending debate and voting on the question immediately. In parliamentary jargon, they voted in put the question.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

1st Sep 2020, 8:06 PM – Representatives Higher Education Support Amendment (Job-Ready Graduates and Supporting Regional and Remote Students) Bill 2020 - Third Reading - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to speed things along. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to put the question.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

1st Sep 2020, 7:55 PM – Representatives Higher Education Support Amendment (Job-Ready Graduates and Supporting Regional and Remote Students) Bill 2020 - Third Reading - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to put the question, which is parliamentary jargon for speeding things along and voting on the question immediately without further debate.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

1st Sep 2020, 7:22 PM – Representatives Higher Education Support Amendment (Job-Ready Graduates and Supporting Regional and Remote Students) Bill 2020 - Second Reading - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to speed things along and vote on the question immediately. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to 'put' the question.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

1st Sep 2020, 4:55 PM – Representatives Motions - Assistant Treasurer - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to speed things along by immediately voting on the question rather than continuing to debate it. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to put the question.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

31st Aug 2020, 12:11 PM – Representatives Motions - Covid-19: Aged Care - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to speed things along. In parliamentary jargon, they voted:

That the question be now put.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

27th Aug 2020, 9:47 AM – Representatives Motions - Covid-19: Hydroxychloroquine - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to end debate and vote on the question immediately. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to put the question.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

25th Aug 2020, 4:44 PM – Representatives Motions - Covid-19: State and Territory Border Closures - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to put the question. In other words, they voted to end debate and vote on the question immediately.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

18th Jun 2020, 10:39 AM – Representatives Business - Rearrangement - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of putting the question, which is parliamentary jargon for voting on the question straight away without any further discussion.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

18th Jun 2020, 10:22 AM – Representatives Resolutions of the Senate - Covid-19: Arts and Entertainment Industry - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to speed things along. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to "put the question".

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

17th Jun 2020, 10:16 AM – Representatives Business - Rearrangement - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to speed things along by stopping debate and voting on the matter immediately. In parliamentary jargon they voted to put the question.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

16th Jun 2020, 6:58 PM – Representatives Treasury Laws Amendment (2020 Measures No. 2) Bill 2020 - Second Reading - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion "That the question be put." In other words, they voted to end debate on the matter and vote on the question straight away.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

16th Jun 2020, 6:38 PM – Representatives Business - Rearrangement - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to speed things along. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to put the question.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

16th Jun 2020, 12:24 PM – Representatives Resolutions of the Senate - National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (No. 2); Consideration of Senate Message - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion "That the question be now put." This is parliamentary jargon for ending debate and voting on the question immediately.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

15th Jun 2020, 3:32 PM – Representatives Business - Rearrangement - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to speed things along. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to "put the question".

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

5th Mar 2020, 3:15 PM – Representatives Motions - Prime Minister - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to stop debate and vote on the question immediately. This is known as putting the question.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

4th Mar 2020, 5:44 PM – Representatives Australian Education Amendment (Direct Measure of Income) Bill 2020 - Third Reading - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to speed things along, which ended debate on the question and required them instead to vote on it immediately. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to put the question.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

3rd Mar 2020, 3:06 PM – Representatives Motions - Prime Minister - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to stop debate and vote on the question immediately. This is known as putting the question.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

27th Feb 2020, 3:08 PM – Representatives Motions - Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to put the question. In other words, they agreed to vote on the question straight away instead of debating it any further.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

27th Feb 2020, 9:46 AM – Representatives Motions - Prime Minister - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to 'put the question', which is parliamentary jargon for ending debate and voting on the question immediately.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

26th Feb 2020, 5:30 PM – Representatives Statute Update (Regulations References) Bill 2020 - Third Reading - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to speed things along, which was introduced by Durack MP Melissa Price (Liberal), which means it succeeded. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to "put the question".

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

26th Feb 2020, 4:55 PM – Representatives Motions - Aged Care, Morrison Government - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to put the question introduced by Pearce MP and Attorney-General Christian Porter (Liberal). This is parliamentary jargon for stopping debate and instead voting on the question immediately.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

26th Feb 2020, 4:35 PM – Representatives Resolutions of the Senate - Consideration of Senate Message - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to put the question, which is parliamentary jargon for ending debate and voting on the question immediately.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

26th Feb 2020, 3:16 PM – Representatives Motions - Prime Minister - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to stop debate and vote on the question immediately. This is known as putting the question.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

11th Feb 2020, 12:18 PM – Representatives National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (No. 2) - Consideration of Senate Message - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion "That the question be put", which means that they will stop debating the question and instead vote on it immediately.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

6th Feb 2020, 3:15 PM – Representatives Motions - Prime Minister - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to put the question. In other words, they voted to speed things along by stopping the debate and voting on the question immediately.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

6th Feb 2020, 9:49 AM – Representatives Motions - Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to vote on the question straight away, without further debate. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to put the question.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

5th Dec 2019, 1:19 PM – Representatives Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2019 - Third Reading - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion:

That the question be now put.

In other words, they voted to stop this current debate and vote on the question immediately.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

5th Dec 2019, 1:07 PM – Representatives Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2019 - Second Reading - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion:

That the question be now put.

In other words, they voted to stop this current debate and vote on the question immediately.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

5th Dec 2019, 12:07 PM – Representatives Business - Rearrangement - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to speed things along by ending debate on a question and voting on it immediately. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to "put the question".

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

4th Dec 2019, 6:41 PM – Representatives Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment (Sport Integrity Australia) Bill 2019 - Third Reading - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to put the question. In other words, they voted to stop discussion on the issue and vote immediately on the question.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

4th Dec 2019, 12:21 PM – Representatives Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment (Enhancing Australia's Anti-Doping Capability) Bill 2019 - Third Reading - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion that the question be put. In other words, they wanted to vote on the question now rather than discussing it any further.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

4th Dec 2019, 10:17 AM – Representatives Motions - Morrison Government - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to speed things along by ending debate and voting on it straight away.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

4th Dec 2019, 9:56 AM – Representatives Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity No. 2) Bill 2019 - Second Reading - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to put the question, in other words, they voted to stop debating the question and instead vote on it immediately.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

2nd Dec 2019, 12:25 PM – Representatives Private Members' Business - Federal Independent Commission Against Corruption - Put the motion

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to speed things along. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to put the question.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

28th Nov 2019, 3:14 PM – Representatives Motions - Prime Minister - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to put the question. In other words, they voted to stop debating the matter and vote on it instead.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

28th Nov 2019, 9:49 AM – Representatives Motions - Prime Minister - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to put the question. In other words, they voted to vote on the issue now rather than continuing to debate.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

27th Nov 2019, 6:33 PM – Representatives Documents - Gillard, Ms Julia Eileen, Ac; Presentation - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to "put the question". In parliamentary jargon, they voted to speed things along by voting on the question immediately.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

27th Nov 2019, 6:11 PM – Representatives Motions - Prime Minister - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to speed things along by ending debate and voting on the question immediately. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to "put the question".

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

27th Nov 2019, 4:39 PM – Representatives Motions - Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of speeding things along by ending debate and voting on the question immediately. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to "put the question".

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

27th Nov 2019, 3:13 PM – Representatives Motions - Prime Minister - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to speed things along by ending debate and voting on the question straight away. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to "put the question".

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

26th Nov 2019, 4:42 PM – Representatives Questions without Notice: Additional Answers - Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of putting the question. In other words, they voted to speed things along by having the vote immediately rather than debating the matter any further.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

26th Nov 2019, 3:05 PM – Representatives Motions - Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to put the question. In other words, they voted to immediately vote on the issue under discussion instead of debating it any further.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

24th Oct 2019, 3:15 PM – Representatives Motions - Manager of Opposition Business - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion:

That the question be now put.

In other words, they voted to stop debating the matter any further and vote straight away.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

16th Oct 2019, 3:03 PM – Representatives Motions - Economy - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to put the question. In other words, they voted to stop discussing the question and instead vote on it immediately.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

16th Sep 2019, 3:01 PM – Representatives Motions - Prime Minister - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion:

That the question be now put.

In other words, they voted to stop debating the question and vote on it immediately.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

12th Sep 2019, 4:29 PM – Representatives Criminal Code Amendment (Agricultural Protection) Bill 2019 - Consideration of Senate Message - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of putting the question, which is another way of saying that they voted to stop debate and instead vote on the question straight away. In this case, the question was whether the amendments should be agreed to.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

10th Sep 2019, 6:11 PM – Representatives National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (No. 2) - First Reading - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to speed things along by putting the question. That is, voting on the question now rather than debating it further.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

10th Sep 2019, 3:25 PM – Representatives Motions - Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction; Attempted Censure - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to speed things along by voting on the question immediately.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

24th Jul 2019, 9:48 AM – Representatives Motions - Pensions and Benefits - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to put the question. In other words, they voted in favour of ending debate on the matter and instead voting on it immediately.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

22nd Jul 2019, 5:38 PM – Representatives Motions - Future Drought Fund Legislation - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of speeding things along by putting the question. This means that debate on the question will now end and it will be voted on immediately.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

22nd Jul 2019, 3:16 PM – Representatives Motions - Ministerial Conduct - End debate and ask the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion:

That the question be now put.

In other words, they voted to end any further debate on this matter and put the original question immediately.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

How "voted 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 40 0 2000
MP absent 15 375 750
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: 375 2750

*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 = 375 / 2750 = 14%.

And then