How Bob Carr voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should introduce a carbon pricing mechanism

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27th Jun 2013, 12:18 PM – Senate Motions - Carbon Pricing - Stop the increase in the carbon price

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The majority voted against a motion moved by Liberal Senator Helen Kroger, which was:

That the Senate calls on the Government to bring forward urgently a bill to provide that the legislated increase in the carbon tax from 1 July 2013 does not proceed.

Background to the motion

The carbon pricing mechanism, which the Opposition calls a "carbon tax", began on 1 July 2012. It is an emissions trading scheme that puts a price on carbon emissions. It applies to “liable entities” (a group that includes companies that emit a high level of greenhouse gases).(Read more about the carbon pricing mechanism and how it applies here.)

Initially the price of carbon is fixed by the mechanism and is set to increase each financial year. From 1 July 2015, the price will be set by the market.

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absent No Not passed by a small majority

26th Nov 2012, 10:01 PM – Senate Clean Energy Amendment (International Emissions Trading and Other Measures) Bill 2012 and related bills - Third Reading - Read a third time

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to read the bills a third time.

This means that the bills are passed in the Senate and, as they have already passed in the House of Representatives, they will now be sent to the Governor-General for royal assent so they can become laws.

The seven bills are:

Background to the bills

The seven bills are designed to link Australia’s carbon pricing mechanism to overseas emissions trading schemes from 1 July 2015, which is when the Australian carbon pricing mechanism is scheduled to transition to an emissions trading scheme.(For more information on the carbon pricing mechanism and how it works, please see the Clean Energy Regulator’s website.)

This means that Australian "liable entities" (a group that includes companies that emit a high level of greenhouse gases) will be able to trade carbon units with credible overseas emissions trading schemes such as the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme. Such businesses will be able to use eligible international carbon units to meet up to 50 per cent of their annual liability.

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absent Yes Passed by a small majority

26th Nov 2012, 9:42 PM – Senate Clean Energy Amendment (International Emissions Trading and Other Measures) Bill 2012 and related bills - Second Reading - Read a second time

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to read the bills a second time.

This means that the senators have agreed to the main idea of the bills and will now discuss them in detail.

The seven bills are:

Background to the bills

The seven bills are designed to link Australia’s carbon pricing mechanism to overseas emissions trading schemes from 1 July 2015, which is when the Australian carbon pricing mechanism is scheduled to transition to an emissions trading scheme.(For more information on the carbon pricing mechanism and how it works, please see the Clean Energy Regulator’s website.)

This means that Australian "liable entities" (a group that includes companies that emit a high level of greenhouse gases) will be able to trade carbon units with credible overseas emissions trading schemes such as the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme. Such businesses will be able to use eligible international carbon units to meet up to 50 per cent of their annual liability.

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Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

25th Jun 2012, 8:47 PM – Senate Clean Energy Legislation Amendment Bill 2012, Clean Energy (Customs Tariff Amendment) Bill 2012, Clean Energy (Excise Tariff Legislation Amendment) Bill 2012 - Third Reading - Read a third time

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to read the bills a third time.

This means that the bills are passed in the Senate and, as they have already passed in the House of Representatives, they will now be sent to the Governor-General for royal assent so they can become law.

Background to the bill

The three bills are a package to include non-transport gaseous fuels in the carbon pricing mechanism.(Read the government's explanation of the bills here. ) This would mean that the carbon pricing mechanism would apply to compressed natural gas from 1 July 2012. It would also apply to non-transport liquid petroleum gas and liquefied natural gas from 1 July 2013.

The three bills that make up the package are:

The carbon pricing mechanism is an emissions trading scheme which will commence on 1 July 2012.(See the Clean Energy Regulator’s website for more information on how it works.)

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Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

25th Jun 2012, 8:44 PM – Senate Clean Energy Legislation Amendment Bill 2012, Clean Energy (Customs Tariff Amendment) Bill 2012, Clean Energy (Excise Tariff Legislation Amendment) Bill 2012 - Second Reading - Read a second time

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to read the package of three bills a second time, which was moved by Senator Penny Wong.

This means that the senators have agreed to the main idea of the bills and can now discuss them in detail.

Background to the bill

The three bills are a package to include non-transport gaseous fuels in the carbon pricing mechanism.(Read the government's explanation of the bills here. ) This would mean that the carbon pricing mechanism would apply to compressed natural gas from 1 July 2012. It would also apply to non-transport liquid petroleum gas and liquefied natural gas from 1 July 2013.

The three bills that make up the package are:

The carbon pricing mechanism is an emissions trading scheme which will commence on 1 July 2012.(See the Clean Energy Regulator’s website for more information on how it works.)

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Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

21st Jun 2012, 6:02 PM – Senate Motions — Carbon Pricing - Condemn Government

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The majority voted against a motion that a previous motion introduced by Senator Mathias Cormann may be put.

This means that there will be no vote on Senator Cormann's motion, which was:

That the Senate condemns the Labor Government for imposing the world's biggest carbon tax(By "carbon tax", Senator Cormann is referring to the carbon pricing mechanism, which will begin on 1 July 2012.) on the Australian economy at the worst possible time, when the Prime Minister (Ms Gillard) promised before the 2010 election that there would be no carbon tax under a government she leads and when it will:

(a) push up the cost of living;

(b) push up the cost of doing business;

(c) make Australia less competitive internationally;

(d) cost jobs;

(e) result in lower real wages and cause a cumulative reduction in Australia's gross domestic product in the order of $1 trillion between now and 2050, according to the Government's own Treasury modelling; and

(f) shift economic activity and emissions overseas, therefore doing nothing to help reduce global emissions.

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absent No Not passed by a small majority

How "voted 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 3 30 30
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 3 3 6
Total: 33 36

*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 = 33 / 36 = 92%.

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