How Sam Dastyari voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should allow live animal export and place minimal restrictions on it

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15th Jun 2017, 12:22 PM – Senate Motions - Live Animal Exports - Ban

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The majority voted in favour of a motion that "calls on the Government to heed community expectations and definitively ban the export of live horses, ponies and donkeys for slaughter". the motion was introduced by Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon (NSW).

During the vote there was one rebellion, with One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts (Qld) crossing the floor to vote 'no' against the rest of his party.

Motions like these don't have any legal force in and of themselves. That is, they don't change the law or force the Government to do as they ask. But they do demonstrate to the Government the will of the Senate and so can be significant.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) recognises that:

(i) on 24 March 2017, following trade talks between the Prime Minister and the Chinese Premier, the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Honourable Barnaby Joyce, MP was widely reported as stating that if people want edible donkey skins, Australia is going to provide them,

(ii) the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources ("the Department") confirmed in hearings of the Budget estimates held in May 2017 it is working on Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) arrangements for horses, ponies and donkeys for the purposes of slaughter in the event an application for live export is lodged,

(iii) the Department has provided animal welfare groups with an exposure draft of the Export Control (Animals) Amendment (Equine Animals) Order 2017 for comment, and

(iv) the Australian Livestock Exporters Council, the peak body of Australia's current livestock export industry, has stated that it and its members do not support the commencement of any trade in the live export of horses and donkeys from Australia for slaughter; and

(b) calls on the Government to heed community expectations and definitively ban the export of live horses, ponies and donkeys for slaughter

Yes No (strong) Passed by a small majority

10th Nov 2016, 12:49 PM – Senate Motions - Live Animal Exports - End

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The majority voted against a motion to end live animal export, which was introduced by NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon.

This means that it was unsuccessful.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources report, Live-stock mortalities during exports by sea—Report for the period 1 January to 30 June 2016, tabled on 7 November 2016, recorded that another 839 cattle and 4,301 sheep died on live export ships in the first six months of this year,

(ii) from 2009 to 2015, a total of 147,969 animals, that is 7,791 cattle and 140,178 sheep, died on live export voyages from Australia, representing an average of 406 animals per week suffering lingering deaths in that period,

(iii) mortality is no indicator of morbidity or the number of animals who suffer on lengthy live export voyages,

(iv) deaths at sea are so accepted by the industry and government that on every consignment, 1 per cent of cattle and 2 per cent of sheep can die without triggering a government investigation, and

(v) not one exporter has ever had its licence revoked despite continuing and horrific breaches of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS); and

(b) calls on the Government to end the live export trade and work to expand the trade in boxed chilled meat.

absent No (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

13th Oct 2015, 4:12 PM – Senate Motions - Live Animal Exports - Approve Port Alma as a live cattle export facility

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The majority voted in favour of a motion , which means that it was successful. The motion related to live animal export.

Motion text

That the Senate notes:

(a) the approval of Port Alma as a live cattle export facility;

(b) the benefits of providing new export options to producers and the cattle industry in central Queensland;

(c) that in 2014-15, the live cattle export industry contributed $1.4 billion to Australia's economy; and

(d) that lowering transport costs, by providing local export options in addition to the highly important processing industry, will deliver better returns to central Queensland cattle producers by giving access to more markets.

Yes Yes Passed by a modest majority

19th Jun 2014 – Senate Regulations and Determinations — Australian Meat and Live—stock Industry (Export of Live—stock to Egypt) Repeal Order 2014 — Disallow motion

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon. The motion was:

"That the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry (Export of Live-stock to Egypt) Repeal Order 2014, made under section 17 of the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997, be disallowed."

Senator Rhiannon explained that this Order "undoes the 2008 prohibition on exporting live sheep to Egypt" and should be disallowed because it "takes a backward step on the conditions that cover the handling of these animals in Egypt".(Read Senator Rhiannon's full explanation of her motion here.)

Because this motion was unsuccessful, the Order was not disallowed and remained in force.

No No (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

12th Dec 2013, 12:32 PM – Senate Motions - Live Animal Exports - Stop export until investigations completed

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Rachel Siewert also on behalf of Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon, which means it was rejected. The motion related to live animal export and was:

That the Senate-

(a) acknowledges:

(i) the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System was introduced under the Export Control Act 1982 to provide minimum standards for the welfare of Australian livestock in importing countries,

(ii) that exporters who disregard or deliberately flout the standards set under this system should be met with the full force of the law,

(iii) That the Department of Agriculture is currently investigating 14 complaints regarding breaches of these standards,

(iv) That the export company Livestock Shipping Services is implicated in three of these complaints regarding the sale and cruel slaughter of livestock outside approved supply chains, and

(v) the Maysora, a ship operated by Livestock Shipping Services, has docked in the Fremantle Port; and

(b) calls on the Government to prevent Livestock Shipping Services from exporting any further animals from Australia until investigations on their previous activities have been completed.(Learn more about the events that gave rise to this motion on Lateline.)

No No Not passed by a modest majority

How "voted a mixture of for and 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 1 50 50
MP voted against policy 1 0 50
MP absent 1 25 50
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* 0 0 0
Total: 95 170

*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 = 95 / 170 = 56%.

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