How Mark Coulton 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 Mark Coulton 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

5th Jun 2013, 3:17 PM – Representatives Motions - National Security - That the member be no longer heard

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Labor MP Anthony Albanese. The motion was: "That the member be no longer heard" and referred to Liberal MP Michael Keenan.

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. )

Background to the motion

Mr Albanese introduced this 'closure of Member' motion after Mr Keenan moved a motion in respect to "the placing of a convicted Egyptian jihadist terrorist in a low security family detention facility in the Adelaide Hills".(Read more about this incident on ABC News here.)

No No (strong) Not passed by a small majority

29th Nov 2012, 9:30 AM – Representatives Private Members' Business - Migration Amendment (Reinstatement of Temporary Protection Visas) Bill 2012 - Stop MP from speaking

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The majority voted against a motion to stop Liberal MP Scott Morrison from speaking, which means he can keep talking.

No No (strong) Not passed by a small majority

23rd Aug 2012, 9:06 AM – Representatives Motions - Asylum Seekers - Stop Scott Morrison from speaking

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Motion text

That the member be no longer heard.

No No (strong) Not passed by a small majority

13th Oct 2011 – Representatives Matters of Public Importance - Carbon Pricing - That the member no longer be heard

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This division relates to the Policy For a carbon price.

The majority voted against a motion that Labor MP Ed Husic be no longer heard.

MP Husic was just beginning his contribution to a discussion on carbon pricing(You can read more about carbon pricing in Australia here. ) as a matter of public importance when Liberal MP Christopher Pyne moved the motion.(You can read the whole debate here.)

Following this division, the Speaker moved that the House be adjourned.

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Yes No (strong) Not passed by a small majority

7th Jul 2011 – Representatives Business - Suspension of Standing and Sessional Orders - That the member be no longer heard

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The majority voted against a motion "That the member (Labor MP Anthony Albanese) be no longer heard." The motion was introduced by Liberal MP Christopher Pyne and was put during the debate about a motion dealing with the carbon price.(See that debate here. )

One member, Nationals MP Tony Crook, rebelled and crossed the floor to vote 'no' with the Government.(Read more about what it means to cross the floor in our FAQ section.)

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Yes No (strong) Not passed by a small majority

21st Jun 2011 – Representatives Motions - Carbon Pricing - That the member be no longer heard

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Liberal MP Christopher Pyne. This means that it was rejected. The motion was "That the member be no longer heard" and was put in relation to Labor MP Anthony Albanese.

One member, Nationals MP Tony Crook, rebelled against his party and crossed the floor to vote 'no' with the Government.(Read more about what it means to cross the floor in our FAQ Section.)

Yes No (strong) Not passed by a small majority

22nd Feb 2011, 4:03 PM – Representatives Economy - Suspension of Standing and Sessional Orders - That the member be no longer heard

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Liberal MP Christopher Pyne. The motion was that Labor MP Anthony Albanese be no longer heard. Since it was unsuccessful, Mr Albanese could continue to contribute to the debate.(Read the debate, including Mr Albanese's full contribution, here. )

This type of motion is known as a 'closure of Member' and, if passed, prevents the Member from finishing their speech.(Read more about these motions here. )

One member, Nationals MP Tony Crook, rebelled and crossed the floor to vote 'no' with the Government.(Read more about what it means to cross the floor in our FAQ Section.)

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Yes No (strong) Not passed by a small majority

28th Oct 2010, 2:55 PM – Representatives Questions without Notice - Electricity Prices - That the member be no longer heard

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Liberal MP Christopher Pyne. The motion was that Prime Minister Julia Gillard be no longer heard. Since it was unsuccessful, Ms Gillard could continue to speak on the subject of electricity prices.(Read Ms Gillard's full contribution here. )

This type of motion is known as a 'closure of Member' and, if passed, prevents the Member from finishing their speech.(Read more about these motions here. )

One member, Nationals MP Tony Crook, rebelled and crossed the floor to vote 'no' with the Government.(Read more about what it means to cross the floor in our FAQ Section.)

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Yes No (strong) Not passed by a small majority

19th Mar 2008, 9:16 AM – Representatives Motions — Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Laws Bill 2008 — That the member be no longer heard

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Labor MP Anthony Albanese. The motion was: "That the member be no longer heard" and referred to Liberal MP Judi Moylan.

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 Ms Moylan can no longer speak.

Background to the motion

The motion was put after Ms Moylan seconded a motion put by Liberal MP Petro Georgiou related to the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Laws Bill 2008. That bill provides for the appointment of an independent person to review the operation, effectiveness and implications of laws relating to terrorism.

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No No (strong) Passed by a small majority

19th Mar 2008, 9:07 AM – Representatives Motions - Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Laws Bill 2008 - That the member be no longer heard

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Labor MP Anthony Albanese. The motion was: "That the member be no longer heard" and referred to Liberal MP Petro Georgiou.

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 Mr Georgiou can no longer speak.

Background to the motion

The motion was put after Mr Georgiou put a motion related to the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Laws Bill 2008. That bill provides for the appointment of an independent person to review the operation, effectiveness and implications of laws relating to terrorism.

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No No (strong) Passed by a small majority

How "voted moderately 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 11 550 550
MP voted against policy 57 0 2850
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* 1 1 2
Total: 551 3402

*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 = 551 / 3402 = 16%.

And then