How David Leyonhjelm voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should privatise the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

Division David Leyonhjelm Supporters vote Division outcome

14th Nov 2018, 4:00 PM – Senate Motions - Australia Network - Reinstate and award funding

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 states that the “corporation or prescribed companies [are] to be the only providers of Commonwealth-funded international broadcasting services”,

(ii) the Abbott Government stripped funding for the Australia Network from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), and

(iii) the Morrison Government has indicated that it plans to work “with our commercial media operators to ensure the Pacific can connect to quality Australian media content”; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to reinstate the Australia Network and award the public funding for the Australia Network broadcasting in the Asia-Pacific to the ABC.

No No Not passed by a modest majority

19th Jun 2018, 4:28 PM – Senate Motions - Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Cuts and privatisation

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young (WA), which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that on 6 September, 2013, Mr Abbott promised voters "no cuts to the ABC";

(b) further notes that:

(i) the 2014-15 Budget cut the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) funding by $47 million,

(ii) the 2014-15 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook cut the ABC's funding by a further $207 million,

(iii) the 2018-19 Budget has cut the ABC by an additional $84 million,

(iv) since September 2013, the ABC has been forced to absorb 1,014 job losses as a result of budget cuts, and

(v) trust in politicians is at an all-time low, and that this is not without reason;

(c) condemns the Liberal Party's decision over the weekend to support the privatisation of the ABC, noting that no members of the Turnbull Government, including the Minister for Communications, spoke against the motion; and

(d) calls on the Turnbull Government to make amends on its broken promises by rescinding its policy to privatise the ABC and reversing its damaging cuts.

No No Not passed by a small majority

19th Jun 2018, 4:15 PM – Senate Motions - Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Restructure and calls for privatisation

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Australian Conservatives Senator Cory Bernardi, which means the motion failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that the Liberal Party of Australia's Federal Council recently passed a motion stating "That federal council calls for the full privatisation of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, except for services into regional areas that are not commercially viable";

(b) further notes the comments of the Treasurer that the government has no plans to privatise the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC); and

(c) congratulates Liberal Party members for continuing to draw attention to the need for structural and budgetary reform of the ABC.

absent Yes Not 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 2 20 20
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 1 1 2
Total: 21 22

*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 = 21 / 22 = 95%.

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