How Kristina Keneally voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should actively support and promote multiculturalism in Australia

Division Kristina Keneally Supporters vote Division outcome

14th Aug 2018, 4:28 PM – Senate Motions - Multiculturalism - Pay tribute + note with concern

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The majority voted in favour of motion introduced by Greens Senator Richard Di Natale, which means it succeeded. Motions like these don't make any legal changes on their own but can be politically influential as they represent the will of the Senate.

Motion text

That the Senate:

(a) pays tribute to the outgoing Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Tim Soutphommasane;

(b) recognises Dr Soutphommasane's advocacy for multicultural Australia and his defence of the human rights of all Australians during his tenure as the Race Discrimination Commissioner;

(c) notes with deep concern the:

(i) resurgence of far-right politics within the Australian political and media landscape, such as comments made by leading politicians including both the Prime Minister and the Minister for Home Affairs, and

(ii) commentary on so-called 'African gangs', attacks on Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 , as well as the inflammatory, xenophobic language often used when referring to Australia's migration patterns; and


Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

14th Aug 2018, 4:04 PM – Senate Motions - Multiculturalism - Stop promoting

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Senator Cory Bernardi (SA), which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate:

(a) notes that 11 August marked the 45th anniversary of the late former Minister for Immigration Mr Al Grassby's launch of multiculturalism at a Melbourne symposium;

(b) further notes the flaws and failures of multiculturalism policy; and

(c) calls upon the Australian Government to desist from promoting multiculturalism and, instead, promote policies that unite Australians and uphold Australian values.

No No (strong) Not passed by a large 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 1 50 50
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 1 10 10
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 60 60

*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 = 60 / 60 = 100%.

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