How Kristina Keneally voted compared to someone who believes that Members of Parliament (MPs) and Senators should vote to suspend standing and sessional orders (that is, the procedural rules of Parliament) so that their colleagues can introduce motions for Parliament to vote on even when the the procedural rules would prevent them from doing so

Division Kristina Keneally Supporters vote Division outcome

16th Mar 2021, 4:50 PM – Senate Motions - National Disability Insurance Scheme, Aged Care: Dementia - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted in favour of the following motion:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent motion nos 1058 and 1061 being moved together immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

This means those motions will be voted on immediately.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a large majority

15th Mar 2021, 5:17 PM – Senate Motions - China: Human Rights - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by South Australian Senator Rex Patrick (Independent) to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - in order to let a vote happen. This means it failed.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Patrick moving a motion relating to the conduct of the business of this Senate, namely a motion to give precedence to general business notice of motion No. 1043 immediately, determined without amendment or debate.

absent Yes (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

25th Feb 2021, 12:14 PM – Senate Motions - NBN Co - Let a vote happen

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An absolute majority voted in favour of suspending the usual parliamentary rules - known as standing orders - in order to let a vote on a motion happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent me from moving general business notice of motion No. 1040, and that it be determined without amendment or debate.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a large majority

25th Feb 2021, 12:01 PM – Senate Motions - Northern Territory: Crime - Let a vote happen

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An absolute majority voted in favour of suspending the usual parliamentary rules - known as standing orders - in order to let a vote on a motion happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent general business notices of motion No. 1036 being moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a large majority

23rd Feb 2021, 5:01 PM – Senate Motions - Workplace Relations: Food Delivery Industry, Mental Health Services - Let votes happen

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An absolute majority voted in favour of a motion to suspend the usual rules of parliament - known as standing orders - in order to let certain votes happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent general business notice of motion nos 1020 and 1021 being moved together immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a large majority

9th Nov 2020, 4:05 PM – Senate Motions - China - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - to allow a vote to happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Lambie moving a motion relating to the conduct of the business of this Senate, namely a motion to give precedence to general business notice of motion No. 828.

absent Yes (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

3rd Sep 2020, 1:04 PM – Senate Documents - Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program; Order for the Production of Documents - Let vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual parliamentary rules - known as standing orders - to let a vote happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Siewert moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter, namely, a motion to give precedence to a motion relating to an order for the production of documents.

absent Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

3rd Sep 2020, 12:42 PM – Senate Motions - Defence Equipment: Collins Class Submarines - Let a vote happen

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absent Yes (strong) Passed by a large majority

1st Sep 2020 – Senate Motions - Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians; Attempted Censure - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - to let a vote happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong) moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter, namely a motion to give precedence to a motion of censure of the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

18th Jun 2020, 10:35 AM – Senate Business - Senate Temporary Orders - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules, known as standing orders, to let a vote happen. The motion was introduced by Queensland Senator Larissa Waters.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a modest majority

18th Jun 2020, 10:20 AM – Senate Business - Senate Temporary Orders - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to suspend the usual procedural motions, which are known as standing orders, in order to let a vote take place.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent general business notice of motion No. 705 being moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a modest majority

18th Jun 2020, 10:06 AM – Senate Business - Senate Temporary Orders - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Queensland Senator Larissa Waters (Greens), which means it failed. The motion was to suspend the usual procedural rules of Parliament to let a vote happen, known as standing orders.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent me from moving a motion relating to the consideration of a matter, namely a motion to give precedence to a motion relating to general notice of motion No.705.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

16th Jun 2020, 4:38 PM – Senate Motions - Aboriginal Deaths in Custody - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against suspending the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - to let a vote happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the motion being moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

absent Yes (strong) Not passed by a large majority

11th Jun 2020, 4:22 PM – Senate Motions - All Lives Matter - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Queensland Senator Pauline Hanson (One Nation) to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - in order to allow a vote to happen.

Senator Hanson wished to introduce and vote on a motion titled 'All lives matter' but, because this vote failed, is unable to do so.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the motion being moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

absent Yes (strong) Not passed by a large majority

5th Dec 2019, 3:15 PM – Senate Business - Consideration of Legislation - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by WA Senator Mathias Cormann (Liberal) to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - to let a vote happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Cormann moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter, namely a motion to provide for a motion relating to consideration of legislation, may be moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a modest majority

4th Dec 2019, 10:56 AM – Senate Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019 - Second Reading - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - to let SA Senator Penny Wong (Labor) putting another question to vote. This means that debate would continue as normal.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Wong moving that the question be now put.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

4th Dec 2019, 10:06 AM – Senate Business - Consideration of Legislation - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - to allow a vote happen.

Motion text

That so much of standing orders be suspended as would prevent me moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter; namely, a motion to provide that a motion relating to the consideration of the Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019 may be moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

2nd Dec 2019, 11:12 AM – Senate Motions - Climate Change - Suspend the usual rules

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual parliamentary rules so that a vote can happen. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to suspend standing orders.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Wong moving a motion relating to the conduct of the business of the Senate, namely a motion to provide that general business notice of motion No. 314 be called on immediately and be considered until 12.20 pm.

absent Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

28th Nov 2019, 10:05 AM – Senate Business - Rearrangement - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - so that a vote can take place.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent him moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter, namely a motion to provide that a motion relating to the consideration of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2019 may be moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

26th Nov 2019, 3:42 PM – Senate Business - Rearrangement - Let a motion happen

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - which means the requested motion could be moved.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Cormann moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter, namely, a motion to provide that a motion relating to the consideration of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2019 may be moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

14th Nov 2019, 11:35 AM – Senate National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Streamlined Governance) Bill 2019 - in Committee - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - to speed things along. It was introduced by WA Senator Mathias Cormann (Liberal).

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent him moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter, namely a motion to provide for a limitation of debate on the bill.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

25th Jul 2019, 10:47 AM – Senate Business - Consideration of Legislation - Counter-Terrorism (Temporary Exclusion Orders) Bill 2019 and another

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The same number of senators voted for and against the motion introduced by SA Senator Rex Patrick (Centre Alliance), which means it was unsuccessful.

The motion was to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - to let a vote happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent me moving a motion relating to the conduct of business, namely a motion relating to the consideration of the Counter-Terrorism (Temporary Exclusion Orders) Bill 2019 and a related bill.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed

22nd Jul 2019, 9:02 PM – Senate Business - Rearrangement - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion moved by SA Senator Penny Wong (Labor) to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - to let a vote happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent me moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter, namely a motion to give precedence to a motion for the adjournment of the Senate.

absent Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

2nd Apr 2019, 5:29 PM – Senate Motions - Climate Change - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Victorian Senator Janet Rice (Greens) to suspend the usual procedural rules to let a vote happen. In parliamentary jargon, they voted against suspending standing orders.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Rice from moving a motion to provide for consideration of that motion.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

14th Feb 2019, 12:44 PM – Senate Motions - Queensland Nickel - Suspend usual rules

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules (known as standing orders) so that Queensland Senator Pauline Hanson (One Nation) can introduce her motion on Queensland Nickel, which means Senator Hanson won't be able to do so.

In parliamentary jargon, they voted against the following motion:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the motion being moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

6th Dec 2018, 2:32 PM – Senate Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018 - Second Reading - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to ignore the usual procedural rules so that Senator Cory Bernardi (SA) can move an amendment. In parliamentary jargon, the motion was:

That so much of standing orders be suspended as would prevent me from moving my foreshadowed second reading amendment.

absent Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

4th Dec 2018, 5:05 PM – Senate Documents - Queensland: Abortion - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual laws (known as standing orders) to let a vote happen, which means the vote won't happen.

Because the vote related to abortion, which is considered a matter of conscience, the Liberal Party held a free vote, which is when its members can vote either way depending on their own conscience.

absent Yes (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

26th Nov 2018, 4:23 PM – Senate Motions - Suspension of Standing Orders - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual rules, which means it failed. In parliamentary jargon, they voted against suspending standing orders. It was introduced by South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi (Australian Conservatives).

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent me moving a motion that general business notice of motion No. 1212 may be moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a large majority

17th Oct 2018, 4:23 PM – Senate Motions - Suspension of Standing Orders - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against letting Senator Fraser Anning introduce a motion about Jerusalem being Israel's capital.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent me from moving a motion that general business notice of motion no. 1141 may be moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a large majority

15th Oct 2018, 3:22 PM – Senate Documents - Religious Freedom Review Expert Panel; Order for the Production of Documents - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual rules to allow a vote to happen. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to suspend the standing orders.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended, as would prevent me from moving a motion relating to consideration of a matter, namely a motion relating to an order for the production of a document.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

15th Oct 2018, 11:11 AM – Senate Motions — Suspension of Standing Orders

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual rules to allow a vote to happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Hinch from moving a motion relating to the consideration of a matter, namely a motion relating to discrimination by independent schools.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

20th Aug 2018, 4:20 PM – Senate Motions - Suspension of Standing Orders

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual rules so that a vote can happen. In parliamentary jargon:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the motion being moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

15th Aug 2018, 10:48 AM – Senate Motions - Anning, Senator Fraser; Censure - Let vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual rules to allow a vote to happen. In the usual parliamentary language, the motion was:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Australian Greens moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter; namely, a motion to give precedence to a motion relating to the censure of Senator Anning.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

25th Jun 2018, 4:53 PM – Senate Motions - Suspension of Standing Orders - Let Senator McKim introduce his motion

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The majority voted against suspending the usual procedural rules (known as standing orders) so that Greens Senator Nick McKim can introduce a motion.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Senator McKim moving a motion relating to the conduct of the business of the Senate, namely a motion to give precedence to general business notice of motion No. 878 which relates to the policy of US President Trump to forcibly separate families of people seeking asylum in the US.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a modest 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 5 250 250
MP voted against policy 12 0 600
MP absent 17 425 850
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* 0 0 0
Total: 675 1700

*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 = 675 / 1700 = 40%.

And then