How Mehreen Faruqi voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should legalise the importation of pepper spray and encourage state governments to legalise carrying pepper spray - especially by women - to deter and defend against attacks

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13th Feb 2019, 4:38 PM – Senate Motions - Prevention of Violence Against Women - Pepper spray

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by NSW Senator David Leyonhjelm (Liberal Democratic Party), which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) recent violent crimes against numerous women,

(ii) that blame for these crimes rests with the perpetrators, not the victims,

(iii) that, despite all policy efforts and wishful thinking, there will always be some individual men in our community intent on violence against women,

(iv) that the first duty of government is to protect citizens from harm, but police cannot be everywhere at all times, so citizens must be allowed, if they choose, to deter and defend against attacks,

(v) that the innate ability of individuals to deter and defend against attacks varies, with women and the elderly generally more vulnerable,

(vi) that pepper spray can assist deterrence and self-defence, particularly for the vulnerable,

(vii) that the use of pepper spray is generally non-lethal and does not require prior training,

(viii) that pepper spray is unlikely to be used for criminal attacks, and

(ix) that, in most other countries, pepper sprays are not even regulated, let alone prohibited; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government to legalise the importation of pepper spray, subject to the state governments legalising the carrying of pepper spray, to deter and defend against attacks.

No Yes Not passed by a large majority

How "voted very strongly 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 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 1 0 10
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 0 10

*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 = 0 / 10 = 0.0%.

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