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

Division Patrick Gorman Supporters vote Division outcome

28th Nov 2018, 11:39 AM – Representatives Social Services Legislation Amendment (Encouraging Self-Sufficiency for Newly Arrived Migrants) Bill 2018 - Second Reading - Agree with bill's main idea

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to agree with the main idea of the bill. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read the bill for a second time, which means they can now discuss it in more detail.

What is the bill's main idea?

The bill was originally called the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Encouraging Self-sufficiency for Newly Arrived Migrants) Bill 2018. According to the bills digest, the bill was introduced to extend the existing newly arrived resident’s waiting period (NARWP) for the following allowances from two to three years:

  • carer allowance;
  • bereavement allowance;
  • widow allowance;
  • parenting payment; and
  • farm household allowance.

It also introduces a NARWP for:

  • family tax benefit;
  • parental leave pay; and
  • dad and partner pay.

In other words, this bill will mean that newly arrived residents have to wait longer before they'll be eligible for these allowances.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a large majority

How "never voted" is worked out

Normally a person's votes count towards a score which is used to work out a simple phrase to summarise their position on a policy. However in this case Patrick Gorman was absent during all divisions for this policy. So, it's impossible to say anything concrete other than that they have "never voted" on this policy.