How Andrew Bartlett 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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26th Jun 2018, 4:30 PM – Senate Motions - Live Animal Exports - Compensation and orderly phase out

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Senator Derryn Hinch (Vic). Motions like these don't make any legal changes by themselves but can be politically influential since they represent the will of the Senate.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the recent suspension of Emanuel Exports export licence by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, which is an appropriate response to the company's alleged breach of its animal welfare obligations, and

(ii) that, while it is the responsibility of each exporter to ensure it meets these obligations, remedial action should not unnecessarily punish producers; and

(b) calls on the government to:

(i) ensure that the West Australian farmers contracted to Emanuel Exports are compensated during the investigation process,

(ii) in the event Emanuel Exports is found to have breached its animal welfare obligations, urge the company to compensate farmers for their economic loss,

(iii) support the development of abattoirs throughout Australia, and

(iv) provide certainty for the future of Australian sheep producers by legislating for an orderly phase-out of the sheep live export trade.

Yes No Passed by a small majority

8th Feb 2018, 12:17 PM – Senate Motions - Live Animal Exports - Transition away from

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The majority voted against this motion, which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) according to the Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union (AMIEU), since 1990, more than 40 000 jobs in Australian meat processing have been lost to live exports,

(ii) according to the AMIEU, independent research shows that a sheep processed in Australia is worth 20 per cent more to the economy than one sent for live export, and

(iii) the live export industry has been plagued by horrific animal cruelty; and

(b) calls on the Turnbull Government to:

(i) support the development of new meat processing facilities in northern Australia,

(ii) work with industry to end subsidies and tariffs which favour the live export trade,

(iii) provide assistance to expand the boxed meat export trade, and

(iv) work with farmers and industry to develop a smooth and successful transition away from live export by assisting to build new abattoirs, all-weather roads and developing other ways to reduce production costs.

Yes No Not passed by a modest 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 2 0 20
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 0 20

*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 / 20 = 0.0%.

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