How Lee Rhiannon voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government needs to support research and conservation initiatives that aim to put a stop to the current trajectory of animal and plant extinctions in Australia

Division Lee Rhiannon Supporters vote Division outcome

14th Feb 2018, 4:22 PM – Senate Motions - Tasmania: Environment - Tarkine

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

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Tasmania's unique environment is under threat from inappropriate development, and the failure to protect natural and cultural values,

(ii) rapid and unfettered expansion of fish farms is privatising public waters and damaging Tasmania's marine environment and coastal lifestyle,

(iii) private sector development in Tasmania's iconic national parks and world heritage areas is continuing,

(iv) the Swift Parrot is facing extinction due to ongoing deforestation of its habitat by logging, and

(v) Tasmanian Aboriginal heritage is being damaged by four wheel drive tracks in the Tarkine area; and

(b) condemns the Federal and Tasmanian Liberal Governments for failing to stand up for Tasmania's unique natural environment, their lack of support for a Tarkine national park, and complete inaction on climate change.

Yes Yes Not passed by a modest majority

7th Sep 2017, 12:36 PM – Senate Motions - National Threatened Species Day - Government support for research & conservation

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Janet Rice, which:

calls on the Government to take decisive action to properly fund and support biodiversity research and conservation, and stop the trajectory of animal and plant extinctions in Australia.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) National Threatened Species Day is marked today, 7 September 2017, the anniversary of the day that the last Thylacine (or Tasmanian Tiger) went extinct in 1936 in a Hobart zoo,

(ii) in Australia, we have one of the world's worst extinction rates for our native mammals, with 29 species going extinct since European settlement and that number representing a third of all global mammalian extinctions in the last 600 years,

(iii) 20 per cent of Australia's remaining mammal species are classified as threatened, including iconic species like koalas, wombats, bilbies and Tasmanian devils,

(iv) globally, we are living through what scientists are calling the Holocene extinction, which is the sixth greatest extinction event since life began on earth and is being caused by human activity, and

(v) there is good work being done in our community to save our native wildlife, but that more needs to be done by our governments to address the biodiversity crisis, including by tackling threatening processes, including land clearing, logging and pest animal and plant species; and

(b) calls on the Government to take decisive action to properly fund and support biodiversity research and conservation, and stop the trajectory of animal and plant extinctions in Australia.

Yes Yes Not passed by a modest majority

14th Sep 2011 – Senate Motions - National Threatened Species Day - Reverse biodiversity decline

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The majority voted against a motion calling for the Government to take action "to reverse the decline of Australia's biodiversity".

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 7 September was Threatened Species Day, and that this day in 2011 commemorated the 75th anniversary of the extinction of the thylacine (the Tasmanian tiger),

(ii) the global rate of species extinction is greater now than at any time in human history, and

(iii) Australia currently has 1 785 nationally threatened plant and animal species;

(b) agrees that:

(i) as one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, Australia has a special responsibility to protect our unique species, which are inherently precious and must be preserved for future generations, and

(ii) it is incumbent upon this generation to arrest the global decline of biodiversity; and

(c) calls on the Government to commit, in its upcoming reform package to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, to reverse the decline of Australia's biodiversity, including by strengthening the Act to preclude the Minister from granting any approval that would push a species to a higher level of endangerment.

Yes Yes 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 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* 0 0 0
Total: 30 30

*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 = 30 / 30 = 100%.

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