How Brian Burston voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should support the Adani Group's plans to build the Carmichael mine in Queensland's Galilee Basin

Division Brian Burston Supporters vote Division outcome

21st Mar 2018, 3:58 PM – Senate Motions - Queensland: Native Title - Adani Indigenous Land Use Agreement

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The majority voted against this motion, which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate calls on the Queensland Government to publicly rule out extinguishing the native title of the Wangan and Jagalingou people before investigating the circumstances in which the Adani Indigenous Land Use Agreement was obtained without clear and unambiguous Traditional Owner consent, and before the current Federal Court case examining its validity and any appeals are exhausted.

absent No Not passed by a modest majority

15th Feb 2018, 12:07 PM – Senate Motions - Climate Change - Action

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The majority voted against this motion, which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) welcomes the visit by a delegation of leaders from the Kiribati Climate Action Network and the Kiribati Ministry of Education;

(b) notes the strong bonds that exists between the people of Australia and the people of Kiribati;

(c) notes, with deep concern, the impacts that climate change is already having on Kiribati, including soil erosion and salinity, which is affecting crops and drinking water;

(d) is further concerned at reports from the 23th United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2017, that the Australian delegation pushed back against poorer countries, including Kiribati, who were calling for more funding for loss and damage caused by climate change; and

(e) calls on the Government to:

(i) increase its support to Pacific Island nations, including Kiribati, through climate finance that is separate and additional to our existing official development assistance budget,

(ii) significantly increase our commitments to cut emissions under the Paris Agreement in 2018, and take into account loss and damage caused by climate change, and

(iii) commit to no new coal mines in Australia, and rule out Adani's Carmichael coal mine.

No No Not passed by a modest majority

8th Feb 2018, 12:11 PM – Senate Motions - Mining - Against Adani

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The majority voted against this motion, which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes, with concern, that the Adani Group (Adani) is on the record blatantly misrepresenting the number of jobs its polluting Carmichael coal mine would create;

(b) condemns Adani's deception in inflating its jobs figures sevenfold, until it was forced under oath to reveal that the true figure is in fact 1,464 direct and indirect jobs over the life of the project, rather than the 10 000 claimed;

(c) further notes that the carbon pollution from Adani's mine would significantly contribute to dangerous global warming, further endangering the Great Barrier Reef and the 70 000 jobs that rely on it; and

(d) asserts that, rather than relying on a polluting, deceitful company to provide jobs for Queenslanders, federal and state Governments should invest in renewable energy, service industries and manufacturing as the best drivers of Queensland jobs.

No No Not passed by a large majority

6th Feb 2018, 4:43 PM – Senate Motions - Mining - Confirm Adani's Carmichael Mine shouldn't go ahead

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The majority voted against a motion, which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes with concern:

(i) the Adani Group's proposed Carmichael coal mine, which would see 2 billion tonnes of coal dug up over 60 years,

(ii) the amount of carbon pollution sourced from the Adani mine would significantly contribute to dangerous global warming, and further endanger the Great Barrier Reef,

(iii) Adani company's history of corruption, tax-dodging and environmental malfeasance in their operations overseas, and now evidenced in Australia by recent accusations that Adani falsified a report into wetland pollution at Abbott Point,

(b) further notes that over 65 per cent of Australians oppose Adani's Carmichael coal mine, according to polling conducted on 25 January 2018; and

(c) confirms that Adani's Carmichael coal mine should not proceed.

No No (strong) Not passed by a large majority

16th Aug 2017, 12:16 PM – Senate Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Amendment Bill 2017 - Second Reading - Stop Adani mine

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The majority voted against adding certain words to the motion that the agree with the main idea of the bill (known as a second reading motion), which means the following words will not be added:

At the end of the motion, add:

", but the Senate notes that global warming is the greatest threat to the Great Barrier Reef and calls on the government to immediately take all available steps to stop the Adani Carmichael coal mine."

No No (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

19th Jun 2017, 3:53 PM – Senate Motions - Mining - Adani's Carmichael mine

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The majority voted against a motion that, among other things, called for a review of Adani's approvals for the Carmichael mine under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. It also wanted to strengthen the environmental history test under that Act, which lets the Minister consider the proponent's environmental history when deciding to grant approval (in this case, the proponent would be Adani, which has had a chequered environmental history).

Motion text

That the Senate call on the Federal Government to:

(a) Add a 'suitable person' test on Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility;

(b) strengthen the environmental history test under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999; and

(c) review Adani’s approvals for the Carmichael mine under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

No No (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

14th Jun 2017 – Senate Motions - Adani Carmichael Coalmine - Support

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald (Liberal), which means it succeeded.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) congratulates the Federal Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, and the Queensland State Premier, for their leadership in bringing the Adani Carmichael coal mine in Queensland's Galilee Basin another step closer to being a reality;

(b) recognises the much-needed boost to employment in North Queensland generally, and in the resources sector specifically, that the Adani Carmichael mine will deliver;

(c) welcomes the positioning of Adani's Regional Headquarters in Townsville; and

(d) notes that road, rail and port infrastructure upgrades directly resulting from Adani's investment in the Galilee Basin will provide benefit to businesses and communities across Northern Australia.

Yes Yes Passed by a modest 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 3 150 150
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
MP absent 1 25 50
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 5 50 50
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 5 5 10
Total: 230 260

*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 = 230 / 260 = 88%.

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