How Fraser Anning voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should ensure that Australian sovereignty always comes first when signing trade agreements so that the government can protect Australian interests (including its workforce and industries) without risking legal action from foreign investors under provisions such as investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clauses

Division Fraser Anning Supporters vote Division outcome

12th Nov 2018, 12:17 PM – Senate A Fair Go for Australians in Trade Bill 2018 [No. 2] - Second Reading - Agree with bill's main idea

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to agree with the main idea of the bill. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read the bill for a second time. Because this vote was successful, the Senate can now discuss the bill in more detail.

What is the bill's main idea?

The bill is concerned with trade agreements and was introduced to:

  • prohibit the Commonwealth from entering into a trade agreement that includes certain provisions;
  • require the Commonwealth to include in all bilateral trade agreements a labour chapter with internationally recognised labour principles;
  • prohibit the Commonwealth from entering into a trade agreement unless the agreement requires skills assessments to be undertaken in Australia;
  • require the minister to commission an independent national interest assessment of any proposed trade agreement; and
  • provide for the establishment of an accredited trade advisers program.
absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small 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 2 100 100
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
MP absent 1 25 50
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 1 10 10
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 135 160

*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 = 135 / 160 = 84%.

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