How Tony Sheldon voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should build dedicated quarantine facilities in every state and territory as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Division Tony Sheldon Supporters vote Division outcome

24th Jun 2021, 1:58 PM – Senate Covid-19 Disaster Payment (Funding Arrangements) Bill 2021 - Second Reading - Quarantine and vaccine rollout

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The majority voted against an amendment to the usual second reading motion "that the bill be read a second time", which is parliamentary jargon for agreeing with the main idea of the bill. It was introduced by Queensland Senator Murray Watt (Labor).

Amendment text

At the end of the motion, add: ", but the Senate:

(a) notes the Government has:

(i) catastrophically failed to address outbreaks in hotel quarantine, which has led to extended lockdowns in states across Australia,

(ii) botched the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, which has left all Australians, but particularly aged care workers, vulnerable, and

(iii) failed to ensure that workers and businesses received the support needed in the recent Victorian lockdown,

(b) further notes this bill may not have been necessary, if not for the Government's failure on quarantine and vaccines, both national responsibilities; and

(c) calls on the Government to:

(i) build dedicated quarantine facilities and expand existing facilities in every state and territory,

(ii) fix the vaccine rollout and expand mobile and mass vaccination clinics,

(iii) start a mass public information campaign to encourage people to get vaccinated, and

(iv) begin manufacturing mRNA vaccines right here in Australia".

absent Yes Not passed by a small majority

21st Jun 2021, 4:44 PM – Senate Motions - Covid-19 - Quarantine facilities and vaccine rollout

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The majority voted against a motion that was introduced in the name of Victorian Senator Jess Walsh, which means it failed.

Motion text

GENERAL BUSINESS NOTICE OF MOTION NO. 1140

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the Morrison Government's failure to keep Victorians safe because of its disastrous vaccine roll out and failure to build fit for purpose quarantine facilities,

(ii) that vulnerable aged care residents and workers have therefore been put in harm's way by the Federal Government, and

(iii) that as Victorians faced new COVID-19 outbreaks due to a South Australian hotel quarantine breach the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services claimed 'a very positive record across the board with respect to maintaining a safe border for Australia'; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to:

(i) build dedicated quarantine facilities in every state and territory, and

(ii) complete the vaccine roll out.

Yes Yes Not passed by a small majority

How "voted 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 1 10 10
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 1 1 2
Total: 11 12

*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 = 11 / 12 = 92%.

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