How Nigel Scullion voted compared to someone who believes that there should be more scrutiny or oversight of the actions and powers of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), both within Australia and overseas

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27th Nov 2018, 12:16 PM – Senate Defence Amendment (Call Out of the Australian Defence Force) Bill 2018 - Second Reading - Agree with bill's main idea

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to agree with the main idea of the bill. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read the bill for a second time. This means that the bill can now be discussed in more detail.

What does the bill do?

The bill was introduced to clarify how the Australian Defence Force (ADF) can be called out to protect Commonwealth interests and states and self-governing territories from domestic violence. It was introduced following a Defence review after the Lindt café siege in Sydney.

It makes the following changes to:

  • permit states and territories to request that the Commonwealth call out the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in a wider range of circumstances;
  • enable call out orders to authorise the ADF to operate in multiple jurisdictions, as well as the offshore area;
  • authorise the ADF to respond to incidents that cross a border into a jurisdiction that has not been specified in an order in certain circumstances;
  • allow the ADF to be pre-authorised to respond to land and maritime threats, in addition to aviation threats;
  • increase the requirements for the ADF to consult with state and territory police where it is operating in their jurisdictions;
  • simplify, expand and clarify the power of the ADF to search and seize, and to control movement during an incident;
  • remove the distinction between general security areas and designated areas; and
  • for the purposes of expedited call out, clarify that acting ministers are to be treated as substantive ministers and add the Minister for Home Affairs as an alternative authorising minister.

Read more in the bills digest.

absent No Passed by a modest majority

27th Nov 2018, 12:13 PM – Senate Defence Amendment (Call Out of the Australian Defence Force) Bill 2018 - Second Reading - Make disallowable instruments

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The majority voted against a second reading amendment moved by Tasmanian Senator Nick McKim (Greens). The amendment would have added the words below to the usual second reading motion, which was that they agree with the main idea of the bill. Or, in parliamentary jargon, that they "read the bill for a second time".

Motion text

At the end of the motion, add "but the Senate is of the opinion that:

(a) call out orders should be disallowable instruments so that they are subject to scrutiny by the Parliament; and

(b) the Parliament should sit within six days of any call out order being made".

What does the bill do?

The bill was introduced to clarify how the Australian Defence Force (ADF) can be called out to protect Commonwealth interests and states and self-governing territories from domestic violence. It was introduced following a Defence review after the Lindt café siege in Sydney.

It makes the following changes to:

  • permit states and territories to request that the Commonwealth call out the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in a wider range of circumstances;
  • enable call out orders to authorise the ADF to operate in multiple jurisdictions, as well as the offshore area;
  • authorise the ADF to respond to incidents that cross a border into a jurisdiction that has not been specified in an order in certain circumstances;
  • allow the ADF to be pre-authorised to respond to land and maritime threats, in addition to aviation threats;
  • increase the requirements for the ADF to consult with state and territory police where it is operating in their jurisdictions;
  • simplify, expand and clarify the power of the ADF to search and seize, and to control movement during an incident;
  • remove the distinction between general security areas and designated areas; and
  • for the purposes of expedited call out, clarify that acting ministers are to be treated as substantive ministers and add the Minister for Home Affairs as an alternative authorising minister.

Read more in the bills digest.

absent Yes Not passed by a modest majority

1st Dec 2016, 1:40 PM – Senate Criminal Code Amendment (War Crimes) Bill 2016 - Second Reading - More scrutiny

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The majority voted against a motion to add certain words (see below) to the original motion to read the bill for a second time (which is parliamentary jargon for agreeing with the main idea of the bill).

This means that the majority of senators rejected this motion, which was introduced by Tasmanian Greens Senator Nick McKim.

Motion text

At the end of the motion, add:

", but the Senate notes, in the context of these proposed amendments, the Australian Defence Force's participation in military operations involving drones or autonomous weapons is currently surrounded in secrecy and calls on the Government, where these operations result in civilian casualties, to publish a monthly report detailing the date, location, target, number of civilian casualties and level of Australian assistance to these operations.".

absent Yes Not passed by a modest majority

4th Sep 2014, 12:52 PM – Senate Defence Legislation Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2014 - Second Reading - Agree with the bill's main idea

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The majority disagreed with this bill's main idea, meaning it will no longer be considered by parliament. The bill sought to:

Amend the: Defence Act 1903 to provide for parliamentary approval of overseas service by members of the Australian Defence Force; and Air Force Act 1923 and Naval Defence Act 1910 to make consequential amendments.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

How "voted 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 1 0 50
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 3 3 6
Total: 3 56

*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 = 3 / 56 = 5.4%.

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