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

Division Anthony Chisholm Supporters vote Division outcome

17th Oct 2019, 12:39 PM – Senate Motions - Live Animal Exports - Restict during summer

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by NSW Senator Mehreen Faruqi, which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate calls on the Federal Government to amend the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997, the Export Control Act 1982 and the proposed Export Control Act 2018 to restrict the long haul export of live sheep and lambs during the northern hemisphere summer months of July, August or September in a five year transitional period, or at any time after that period, where the voyage is by ship and of duration exceeding 10 days, and where a place in that voyage is either the Persian Gulf or the Red Sea (regardless of whether it is the final destination).

absent No Not passed by a large majority

4th Dec 2018, 5:01 PM – Senate Documents - Live Animal Exports - Phase out

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The majority voted in favour of a motion, which means it succeeded. Motions like these don't force the Government to do as the Senate asks, but are politically influential as they represent the bill of the Senate.

Motion text

That—

(a) the Senate calls on the Federal Government to legislate to phase-out long-haul live sheep exports; and

(b) this resolution be communicated to the House of Representatives for concurrence.

absent No Passed by a small majority

10th Sep 2018, 11:35 AM – Senate Animal Export Legislation Amendment (Ending Long-Haul Live Sheep Exports) Bill 2018 - Third Reading - Pass the bill

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to pass the bill in the Senate. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read the bill for a third time.

What does this bill do?

This bill was introduced to:

restrict the long haul export of live sheep and lambs during the northern hemisphere summer months of July, August or September in a five year transitional period, or at any time after that period, where the voyage is by ship and of duration exceeding 10 days, and where a place in that voyage is either the Persian Gulf or the Red Sea (regardless of whether it is the final destination).

Yes No (strong) Passed by a small majority

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.

No No Not passed by a modest majority

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.

No No (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

How "voted moderately 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 2 0 100
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 1 10 10
MP voted against policy 1 0 10
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 2 2 4
Total: 62 174

*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 = 62 / 174 = 36%.

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