How Brett Mason voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase the amount of the age pension

Division Brett Mason Supporters vote Division outcome

15th Oct 2008, 3:38 PM – Senate Motions - Fair Go for Pensioners Coalition (FGFP) - Consider incorporating FGFP's statement of claims

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Bob Brown, which means that it was unsuccessful. The motion was:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the following statement of claims from the Fair Go for Pensioners Coalition:

‘1. That the Federal Government increases the pension rate from 25% of average weekly earnings to 35% of average weekly earnings until a more appropriate pension measure is developed. 2. That proper and improved healthcare measures for pensioners are prioritised, including medical, dental, optical, hearing, pharmaceutical and culturally appropriate services. 3. That the level of funding for aged care services, including culturally appropriate services, is significantly increased and extended to meet the growing demand in this area. 4. That our pensions are not restricted due to overseas travel to visit loved ones. 5. That legislation/regulations be enacted to protect older people considering taking out reverse mortgages. 6. That a thorough review of the means test and GST impact for pensioners and concessions should be undertaken to ensure that pensioners are not losing out.’; and

(b) asks the Government to consider it for inclusion in the 2008-09 Budget.

absent Yes Not passed by a large majority

16th Aug 2007, 10:22 AM – Senate Motions - Age Pension - Increase age pension

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Bob Brown, which means that it was unsuccessful. The motion was:

That the Senate- (a) notes that: (i) Australia is experiencing a period of record economic growth, and (ii) the 2007-08 Federal Budget provided tax cuts to those earning more than $75,000, at a cost of $3.5 billion per year; and (b) calls on the Government to invest approximately $3 billion per year to lift the aged pension by $60 per fortnight.

No Yes Not passed by a large 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 0 0 0
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 1 0 10
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 1 1 2
Total: 1 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 = 1 / 12 = 8.3%.

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