How Adam Bandt voted compared to someone who believes that the JobKeeper payment, which is part of the federal government's response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, should be made available to more workers, including casual workers, workers with major charities, working-visa holders who are still in the country, and workers in sectors such as Education, Disability and Local Government

Division Adam Bandt Supporters vote Division outcome

8th Apr 2020, 4:15 PM – Representatives Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Bill 2020 - Consideration in Detail - Power of eligibility for JobKeeper scheme

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The majority voted in favour of disagreeing with the opposition amendment that related to the rule making power that the bill gives the Treasurer. MP for Watson Tony Burke (Labor) explained the amendments in his contribution to the debate:

The way this bill has been structured is that all the power of eligibility lies outside of the parliament, and what we're effectively doing is giving the Treasurer extraordinary powers to be able to devise the scheme. This amendment accepts that that's the way that it's been structured, but the fact that it's been structured that way prevents us from going line by line and moving amendments to change the principles of eligibility. So what this amendment does to the sections of the bill that give the Treasurer the power to establish the rules is put in demands about what he must consider.

Opposition amendment text

(1) Clause 7, page 4 (after line 29), at the end of clause, add:

(3) Before making rules for the purposes of subsection (1) that provide for a payment or scheme to assist businesses to cover the costs of wages of their employees, the Treasurer must consider the following:

(a) the need to support essential workers and services in key sectors and regions;

(b) the need for all casual employees to access support;

(c) the consequences for employees who may be required to run down leave entitlements;

(d) the needs of charities that may experience a decline in donations but not in GST turnover;

(e) the recognition of the status of universities and schools that are ACNC-registered charities;

(f) the needs of registered NDIS providers and the disability workforce;

(g) the needs of active business participants;

(h) the need to support temporary visa holders who are unable to return home;

(i) the needs of local government employees.

No No Passed by a small majority

8th Apr 2020, 3:46 PM – Representatives Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Bill 2020 and related bills - Second Reading - Eligibility of JobKeeper payment

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to keep unchanged 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). This motion was put after Rankin MP Jim Chalmers (Labor) introduced an amendment to change the wording.

MP Chalmers explained the rationale behind his amendment in his contribution to the debate.

Amendment text

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

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

(1) notes that this legislation gives the Treasurer extraordinary powers to include those not currently eligible for the JobKeeper Payment; and

(2) calls on the Treasurer to use his power under this legislation to ensure more jobs are protected and that struggling, otherwise viable businesses and organisations are able to access the JobKeeper Payment".

No No Passed by a small majority

8th Apr 2020, 3:43 PM – Representatives Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Bill 2020 and related bills - Second Reading - Casual workers

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The majority voted in favour of disagreeing with the amendment 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). This mean that the amendment failed.

This amendment was introduced by Grayndler MP Anthony Albanese (Labor) and, if it had been successful, its text would have been added to the usual second reading motion as a note. In other words, it didn't seek to change the actual text of the bills. Instead, it sought to use the political influence of the House to call on the Government to make the changes set out below.

MP Albanese explained the rationale behind his amendment in his contribution to the debate.

Amendment text

That the following words be added after paragraph (2):

"(3) notes that casual workers deserve to be treated with the same respect as every other worker who faces losing their job because of this pandemic; and

(4) calls on the Government to provide the JobKeeper payment to the 1.1 million casual workers who have worked for their employer for less than a year".

No No Passed by a small majority

8th Apr 2020, 3:39 PM – Representatives Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Bill 2020 and related bills - Second Reading - Working visa holders

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The majority voted in favour of disagreeing with the amendment 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). This mean that the amendment failed.

This amendment was introduced by Corio MP Richard Marles (Labor) and, if it had been successful, its text would have been added to the usual second reading motion as a note. In other words, it didn't seek to change the actual text of the bills.

MP Marles explained the rationale behind his amendment in his contribution to the debate.

Amendment text

That the following words be added after paragraph (5):

"(6) calls on the Government to extend the JobKeeper payment to any working visa holder that is currently in Australia and unable to return to their country of origin".

No No Passed by a small majority

8th Apr 2020, 3:35 PM – Representatives Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Bill 2020 and related bills - Second Reading - Educational sector staff

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The majority voted in favour of disagreeing with the amendment 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. This mean that the amendment failed.

This amendment was introduced by Sydney MP Tanya Plibersek (Labor) and, if it had been successful, its text would have been added to the usual second reading motion as a note. In other words, it didn't seek to change the actual text of the bills.

MP Plibersek explained the rationale behind her amendment in her contribution to the debate.

Amendment text

That the following words be added after paragraph (7):

"(8) calls on the Government to provide much more support for staff in schools, TAFEs, and universities affected by this crisis, noting that:

(a) hundreds of thousands of school and university staff, including casual workers, are facing job losses, but will not be eligible for this JobKeeper payment; and

(b) the Government should be saving jobs and making sure Australia has a strong and sustainable education and training sector on the other side of this crisis".

No No Passed by a small majority

8th Apr 2020, 3:32 PM – Representatives Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Bill 2020 and related bills - Second Reading - Disability sector

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The majority voted in favour of disagreeing with the amendment 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. This mean that the amendment failed.

This amendment was introduced by Maribyrnong MP Bill Shorten (Labor) and, if it had been successful, its text would have been added to the usual second reading motion as a note. In other words, it didn't seek to change the actual text of the bills. Instead, the purpose of the amendment was to encourage the Government to change their position in relation to the disability sector.

MP Shorten explained the rationale behind his amendment in his contribution to the debate.

Amendment text

That the following words be added after paragraph (8):

"(9) calls on the Government to extend the 15 per cent reduction in turnover threshold to all National Disability Insurance Scheme and Disability Employment Services providers, and deliver a retention and support package for the disability sector workforce".

No No Passed by a small majority

8th Apr 2020, 3:30 PM – Representatives Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Bill 2020 and related bills - Second Reading - Local Government

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The majority voted in favour of disagreeing with the amendment 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. This mean that the amendment failed.

This amendment was introduced by Blaxland MP Jason Clare (Labor) and, if it had been successful, its text would have been added to the usual second reading motion as a note. In other words, it didn't seek to change the actual text of the bills.

MP Clare explained the rationale behind his amendment in his contribution to the debate.

Amendment text

That the following words be added after paragraph (9):

"(10) calls on the Government to:

(a) recognise the importance of local government;

(b) acknowledge that the closure of council facilities has resulted in significant revenue loss and workers being stood down;

(c) acknowledge that, without support, up to 45,000 local government workers could lose their jobs; and

(d) work together with state governments to address these important issues".

No No Passed by a small majority

8th Apr 2020, 3:20 PM – Representatives Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Bill 2020 and related bills - Second Reading - Major charity access to JobKeeper program

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The majority voted in favour of disagreeing with the amendment 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. This mean that the amendment failed.

This amendment was introduced by Fenner MP Andrew Leigh (Labor) and, if it had been successful, its text would have been added to the usual second reading motion as a note. In other words, it didn't seek to change the actual text of the bills.

MP Leigh explained the rationale behind his amendment in his contribution to the debate.

Amendment text

"(11) notes that a number of major charities will be unable to access the JobKeeper program, and will have to shed staff and cease programs as a result".

No No 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 8 80 80
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 80 80

*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 = 80 / 80 = 100%.

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