How Chris Ketter voted compared to someone who believes that the federal governmnet should increase parliamentary entitlements for current MPs and Senators, such as legitimate expenditure, salary packages, superannuation entitlements and/or other allowances like the printing allowance

Division Chris Ketter Supporters vote Division outcome

3rd Apr 2019, 9:34 PM – Senate Regulations and Determinations - Parliamentary Business Resources Amendment (2019 Measures No. 1) Regulations 2019 - Disallowance

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by SA Senator Don Farrell (Labor), which means it passed. This motion means that item 4 will no longer have legal force.

Motion text

That item 4 of the Parliamentary Business Resources Amendment (2019 Measures No. 1) Regulations 2019, made under the Parliamentary Business Resources Act 2017, be disallowed [F2019L00177].

What is item 4?

According to the explanatory statement for these regulations, item 4 "enables members to use office expenses to pay for the production of content for broadcast on television or radio."

Yes No Passed by a small majority

21st Mar 2017, 4:08 PM – Senate Motions - Parliamentarians' Entitlements - Do not increase remuneration until in surplus

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Australian Conservatives Senator Cory Bernardi, which means it was unsuccessful.

Motion text

That, given the Commonwealth's debt and Australia's budget deficit, the Senate is of the view that all senators receive an appropriate remuneration package and, therefore, the Remuneration Tribunal should not consider increasing the remuneration paid to senators until the Government has delivered a budget surplus.

No No (strong) Not passed by a large majority

How "voted moderately for" 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 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* 0 0 0
Total: 50 60

*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 = 50 / 60 = 83%.

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