How Chris Ketter voted compared to someone who believes that the Government should introduced the Youth Jobs PaTH, a youth employment plan to assist up to 120,000 jobs seekers under 25 years which includes three phases three phases (skills training, voluntary internships and wage subsidies for businesses)

Division Chris Ketter Supporters vote Division outcome

10th May 2017, 11:54 AM – Senate Social Security Legislation Amendment (Youth Jobs Path: Prepare, Trial, Hire) Bill 2016 - Third Reading - Pass the bill

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The majority voted to pass the bill in the Senate with one amendment, which means it will now go back to the House of Representatives where the Members of Parliament (MPs) will decide whether to agree with the Senate amendment. If they do, the bill will become law.

In parliamentary jargon, this vote was to read the bill for a third time.

What is the bill?

The purpose of the bill is to "give effect to the Youth Jobs PaTH program that was announced as part of the 2016–17 Budget" - see the bills digest for more information.

What was the amendment?

The Senate agreed to pass the bill with one amendment, which was introduced by the Nick Xenophon Team. The amendment requires the Employment Minister to conduct a review of the program within two years.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

10th May 2017, 10:18 AM – Senate Social Security Legislation Amendment (Youth Jobs Path: Prepare, Trial, Hire) Bill 2016 - Second Reading - Agree with the bill's main idea

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The majority voted to agree with the bill's main idea, which means they can now discuss it in more detail.

In parliamentary jargon, this vote was to read the bill for a second time.

What is the bill's main idea?

The purpose of the bill is to "give effect to the Youth Jobs PaTH program that was announced as part of the 2016–17 Budget" - see the bills digest for more information.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small 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 2 0 100
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* 0 0 0
Total: 0 100

*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 / 100 = 0.0%.

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