How Tony Sheldon voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should support the rights of transgender people (including genderfluid, nonbinary and genderqueer people) by amending laws and policies to support healthy lives by, for example, ensuring that appropriate healthcare is available nationwide and that trans people are protected from discrimination and harassment

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15th Jun 2021, 4:50 PM – Senate Motions - Gender Dysphoria - Treating gender diverse children

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Queensland Senator Malcolm Roberts (Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party), which means it failed.

There were six rebellions in the Liberal Party, with the following senators voting 'No' against the rest of their party (who voted Yes):

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

i. 100 years of diagnostic history of childhood gender dysphoria (GD) there is an alarming trend that teenage girls, with no history of GD, have become the largest group seeking treatment,

ii. in the United States of America, girls requesting gender reassignment surgery in 2016-17 rose 400%,

iii. in the United Kingdom, girls presenting with GD in the last 10 years rose 4000%, and

individual. Australia's Royal Children's Hospital indicates referrals have grown from 1 every two years to 104 patients in 2014;

(b) further notes that:

i. Sweden's leading gender clinic has ended treatment of minors with hormonal drugs due to safety concerns, citing cancer and infertility, and

ii. suicide mortality rate for transgendered people is 20 times higher than comparable peers;

(c) supports children presenting with GD to be given:

i. the 'wait and see' method as the first choice, since evidence shows between 70-90% of young people's dysphoria resolves itself by puberty, and

ii. a comprehensive therapeutic pathway since a large percentage of these children have pre-existing mental health issues, and not a medical pathway; and

(d) condemns the practice of children receiving:

i. experimental and unproven medical treatments of irreversible puberty blockers and sex hormone treatments, and

ii. irreversible transgender surgery.

absent No Not passed by a small majority

16th Mar 2021, 4:22 PM – Senate Motions - Gender Language - Concerns about "distorted" language

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Queensland Senator Malcolm Roberts (One Nation), which mean it passed. Motions like these don't make any legal changes on their own but are politically influential as they represent the will of the Senate.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) our fundamental biology and relationships are represented through the following descriptors - mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister, boy, girl, grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle, female, male, man, woman, lady, gentleman, Mr, Mrs, Ms, sir, madam, dad, mum, husband, wife,

(ii) broad scale genuine inclusion cannot be achieved through distortions of biological and relational descriptors,

(iii) an individual's right to choose their descriptors and pronouns for personal use must not dehumanise the human race and undermine gender,

(iv) Dr Lyons from Logan (Queensland) reports incidences of young children feeling stressed and panicked about whether it is okay to use the words boy and girl, and

(v) pushing gender-neutral language is no replacement for appropriate emotional and psychological support for children while growing up; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to:

(i) reject the use of distorted language such as gestational/non-gestational parent, chest-feeding, human milk, lactating parent, menstruators, birthing/non-birthing parent, and

(ii) ensure all federal government and federal government funded agencies do not include these terms in their material, including legislation, websites, employee documentation and training materials.

No No Passed by a small majority

13th Nov 2019, 4:32 PM – Senate Motions - Transgender Awareness Week - Support

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by WA Senator Rachel Siewert (Greens). Motions like these don't make legal changes on their own but are politically influential because they represent the will of the Senate.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) this week is Transgender Awareness Week, and

(ii) Transgender Awareness Week is an opportunity to learn about gender diversity, work to remove all forms of discrimination against transgender and gender diverse people, and commit to being better allies; and

(b) calls on all parliamentarians to:

(i) commit to learning more about the lives and experiences of transgender and gender diverse people,

(ii) elevate the voices of transgender and gender diverse people, especially during Transgender Awareness Week, and

(iii) support the provision of essential health, social, cultural, and community services for trans and gender diverse people and their families, delivered with the meaningful input and involvement of these communities.

Yes Yes 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 2 20 20
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 1 1 2
Total: 21 22

*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 = 21 / 22 = 95%.

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