How Anne Webster voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should limit the availability of government social security payments

Division Anne Webster Supporters vote Division outcome

25th Feb 2020, 5:25 PM – Representatives Paid Parental Leave Amendment (Flexibility Measures) Bill 2020 - Second Reading - Criticism of welfare cuts

Show detail

The majority voted against an amendment introduced by member for Barton Linda Burney to the usual second reading motion that "the bill be read for a second time", which is parliamentary jargon for 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 notes:

(1) the financial difficulties facing Australian parents juggling young children and work;

(2) the Government's repeated cuts to family assistance and programs designed to support children and parents; and

(3) that women continue to do a disproportionable share of work in the home and raising children, as well as facing a significant gender pay gap"

No No Not passed by a small majority

2nd Dec 2019, 7:11 PM – Representatives Social Services Legislation Amendment (Payment Integrity) Bill 2019 - Second Reading - Agree with bill's main idea

Show detail

The majority voted in favour of a motion to support the bill's main idea. In other words, they voted in favour of reading the bill for a second time.

What is the bill's main idea?

According to the bills digest, the main idea of the bill was to:

  • amend the residency requirements for Age Pension and Disability Support Pension (DSP) so that, in order to qualify for these payments, a new claimant must have:
    • ten years continuous residency in Australia including at least five years during the person’s working life (age 16 to age pension age) or
    • ten years continuous residency in Australia and the person must not have been in receipt of an allowance or student income support payment for a period or combined periods exceeding five years when they were aged at least sixteen years (whether or not these periods in receipt of income support occur during the ten year qualifying residency period) or
    • 15 years continuous residency in Australia;
  • stop payment of the pension supplement after six weeks of a temporary overseas absence, or immediately for permanent departures; and
  • increase the maximum liquid assets waiting period (LAWP) for Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowance, Austudy and Sickness Allowance from 13 weeks to 26 weeks.
Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

2nd Dec 2019, 7:05 PM – Representatives Social Services Legislation Amendment (Payment Integrity) Bill 2019 - Second Reading - Disagree with bill

Show detail

The majority voted against an amendment that would have amended the usual second reading motion that the bill be read for a second time (in other words, that they agree with the bill's main idea). This means the amendment failed.

Amendment text

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

"the House:

(1) declines to give the bill a second reading;

(2) notes that, in every Budget, this Government has tried to cut the pension or increase the pension age to 70;

(3) further notes that the cuts to Newstart in this bill will hurt redundant workers and push them towards poverty; and

(4) criticises the Government for its cruel cuts to pensions and social security".

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 1 50 50
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 2 20 20
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 70 70

*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 = 70 / 70 = 100%.

And then