How Fiona Scott voted compared to someone who believes that Members of Parliament (MPs) and Senators should vote against all motions that stop an MP or Senator from speaking (that is, motions that the MP or Senator 'be no longer heard')

Division Fiona Scott Supporters vote Division outcome

5th May 2016, 11:22 AM – Representatives Motions - Budget - Stop Tony Burke speaking

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to stop Labor MP Tony Burke from speaking. This means that Mr Burke can't speak any more during this debate.

Motion text

That the Member be no longer heard.

Yes No (strong) Passed by a small majority

5th May 2016, 11:13 AM – Representatives Motions - Budget - Stop MP Chris Bowen from speaking

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to stop Labor MP Chris Bowen from speaking.

This means that Mr Bowen won't be able to speak anymore in this debate.

Motion text

That the member be no longer heard.

Yes No (strong) Passed by a small majority

22nd Feb 2016, 3:22 PM – Representatives Motions - Minister for Immigration and Border Protection; Attempted Censure - Stop Andrew Wilkie speaking

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Motion text

That the member be no longer heard.

Yes No (strong) Passed by a small majority

10th Feb 2016, 3:12 PM – Representatives Motions - Prime Minister; Attempted Censure - Stop Tony Burke from speaking

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to stop Tony Burke from speaking.

The motion was introduced by Christopher Pyne.

Motion text

That the Member be no longer heard.

Yes No (strong) Passed by a small majority

10th Feb 2016, 3:06 PM – Representatives Motions — Prime Minister; Attempted Censure - Stop Bill Shorten speaking

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to stop Bill Shorten from speaking.

The motion was introduced by Christopher Pyne.

Motion text

That the Member be no longer heard.

Yes No (strong) Passed by a small majority

9th Feb 2016, 1:00 PM – Representatives Motions - Minister for Human Services; Suspension of Standing and Sessional Orders - Stop Tony Burke from speaking

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to stop Labor MP Tony Burke from speaking.

The motion was introduced by Liberal MP Christopher Pyne.

Motion text

That the Member be no longer heard.

Yes No (strong) Passed by a small majority

9th Feb 2016, 12:52 PM – Representatives Motions - Minister for Human Services; Suspension of Standing and Sessional Orders - Stop Mark Dreyfus from speaking

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to stop Labor MP Mark Dreyfus from speaking.

The motion was introduced by Liberal MP Sussan Ley.

Motion text

That the Member be no longer heard.

Yes No (strong) Passed by a small majority

2nd Dec 2015, 9:17 AM – Representatives Motions - Special Minister of State - Stop Mr Burke from speaking

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The majority voted in favour of a motion that Labor MP Tony Burke stop speaking. In parliamentary language, they voted "That the member be no longer heard", which is known as a "closure of Member" motion and stops the Member of Parliament (MP) from finishing their speech.

The motion was introduced by Liberal MP Christopher Pyne.

What's all this about?

Mr Burke was seconding a motion introduced by Labor MP Mark Dreyfus about the Special Minister of State Mal Brough's comments during Question Time yesterday which Mr Dreyfus believes "clearly misled" the Parliament (see the transcript of those proceedings on OpenAustralia). Learn more about these events on the Guardian.

Yes No (strong) Passed by a small majority

2nd Dec 2015, 9:09 AM – Representatives Motions - Special Minister of State - Stop Mr Dreyfus from speaking

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The majority voted in favour of a motion that Labor MP Mark Dreyfus stop speaking. In parliamentary language, they voted "That the member be no longer heard", which is known as a "closure of Member" motion and stops the Member of Parliament (MP) from finishing their speech.

The motion was introduced by Liberal MP Christopher Pyne.

What's all this about?

Mr Dreyfus had been introducing a motion about the Special Minister of State Mal Brough's comments during Question Time yesterday which Mr Dreyfus believes "clearly misled" the Parliament (see the transcript of those proceedings on OpenAustralia). Learn more about these events on the Guardian.

Yes No (strong) Passed by a small majority

3rd Dec 2014, 9:44 AM – Representatives Motions - Prime Minister; Attempted Censure - Stop Mr Shorten from speaking further

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Yes No (strong) Passed by a small majority

6th Mar 2014, 12:09 PM – Representatives Qantas Sale Amendment Bill 2014 - Third Reading - That the member be no longer heard

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The majority voted in favour of a motion that the member be no longer heard, which was introduced by Liberal MP Christopher Pyne.

The member referred to was the Leader of the Opposition, Labor MP Bill Shorten.

This sort of motion cuts debate short and is known as a ‘closure of Member’.(See this infosheet for more information on these types of motions. ) Passing this motion means that MP Shorten can no longer speak.

Background to the bill

The Qantas Sale Amendment Bill 2014 was introduced to remove the foreign ownership and other restrictions that apply to Qantas but do not apply to other airlines based in Australia.(Read more on ABC News and on ABC Radio's AM program. ) These restrictions include: limits on the issue and ownership of Qantas shares, the makeup of the board of directors, use of the name Qantas and the location of the head office, place of incorporation and principle place of business.(Read more in the bills digest (852 KB).)

Yes No (strong) Passed by a small majority

6th Mar 2014, 9:12 AM – Representatives Qantas Sale Amendment Bill 2014 - Second Reading - That the member be no longer heard

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The majority voted in favour of a motion 'that the member no longer be heard', which was introduced by Liberal MP Scott Morrison.

The Member referred to in the motion was Labor MP Tony Burke who, just prior to Morrison MP's motion, tried to introduce a motion to suspend the standing and sessional orders so that the debate on the bill could proceed immediately.

Since the majority voted in favour of this motion, Burke MP could no longer be heard in the House and so could not proceed with his motion. This means that debate on this bill will be limited by the standing and sessional orders, which the opposition argued was inadequate.

Background to the bill

The Qantas Sale Amendment Bill 2014 was introduced to remove the foreign ownership and other restrictions that apply to Qantas but do not apply to other airlines based in Australia.(Read more on ABC News and on ABC Radio's AM program. ) These restrictions include: limits on the issue and ownership of Qantas shares, the makeup of the board of directors, use of the name Qantas and the location of the head office, place of incorporation and principle place of business.(Read more in the bills digest (852 KB).)

Yes No (strong) Passed by a small majority

12th Feb 2014, 6:16 PM – Representatives Motions - Abbott Government; Attempted Censure - Stop Mr Tehan from speaking (plus an accidental rebellion)

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The majority rejected an attempt to stop Liberal MP Dan Tehan from speaking, which means Mr Tehan can continue to speak (read the full debate).

Labor MP Tony Burke had proposed that Mr Tehan "be no longer heard" (which is parliamentary jargon for "be forced to stop speaking").

Accidental Liberal rebel

Liberal MP Nickolas Varvaris accidentally crossed the floor to vote with the Opposition (see What are "Rebel Voters"?). He did this by staying in his seat when the vote was called and so being counted among the 'aye'-voters rather than moving to stand with his 'no'-voting Coalition colleagues.

The Sydney Morning Herald suggested that he may have fallen asleep but he disputes that.

No No (strong) Not passed by a small majority

13th Nov 2013, 9:11 AM – Representatives Motions — National Security — Transparency of asylum policy

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The majority voted in favour of a motion "That the member be no longer heard", which was introduced by Liberal MP Christopher Pyne in respect to Labor MP Tony Burke.

Mr Burke had just moved the following motion:

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Member for Watson [Mr Burke] from moving the following motion forthwith: That the House:

(1) notes:

(a) that the Prime Minister committed to lead a Government which is transparent and open and the Coalition's Real Solutions platform stated that the Coalition would "restore accountability and improve transparency measures";

(b) the Leader of the House [Mr Pyne] on 30 January 2013 committed himself to a parliamentary practice in Government to "allow any Member of any political party who has serious questions to answer, time to explain themselves through the Parliament to the Australian people"; and

(c) the Prime Minister [Mr Tony Abbott] and Minister for Immigration [Mr Scott Morrison] have adopted a new culture of secrecy and are hiding information from the Australian people. The Minister has repeatedly refused to answer questions at weekly Operation Sovereign Borders briefings. That failure to answer questions has led the Australian people to rely on the Jakarta Post for information about their own Government. Questions remain relating to attempted so-called turn backs of boats, buy back of boats and to the state of negotiations between Australia and Indonesia about a people swap arrangement with Indonesia; and

(2) calls on the Minister for Immigration to attend the House immediately and explain for a period not exceeding thirty minutes:

(a) the status of all discussions with Indonesia about the progress of Operation Sovereign Borders,(Read more about Operation Sovereign Borders on the Australian Customs and Border Protection Services site here. ) including those discussions relating to a people swap arrangement with Indonesia;

(b) how the Government intends to pursue its election commitment to turn back boats to Indonesia and buy back boats in fishing villages; and

(c) whether any of the measures which have been effective in reducing the flow of asylum seeker vessels to Australia are now in jeopardy as a result of the Minister's chaotic handling of his portfolio including the Regional Resettlement Arrangements with Papua New Guinea(Read more about the Regional Resettlement Arrangement between Australia and Papua New Guinea here. ) and Nauru(Read more about agreement that Australia has with Nauru here. ) and the abolition of visa on arrival arrangements in Indonesia for Iranians(Read more about the abolition of visa on arrival arrangements in Indonesia for Iranians here.)

Yes No (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 1 50 50
MP voted against policy 13 0 650
MP absent 0 0 0
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: 50 700

*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 = 50 / 700 = 7.1%.

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