How Gerard Rennick voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should address the issue of foreign interference in Australia by, for example, introducing new offences against acts such as sabotage, treason and espionage

Division Gerard Rennick Supporters vote Division outcome

4th Dec 2019, 4:09 PM – Senate Committees - Economics References Committee - Reference

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Tasmanian Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, which means it was successful (see the inquiry webpage).

Motion text

That the following matter be referred to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 7 September 2020:

The review of foreign investment proposals against the national interest test, with particular reference to:

(a) the protection of Australia's market-based system from manipulation that would benefit proposed foreign investment;

(b) the assessment of the impact of proposed foreign investment on market concentration and competition;

(c) the imposition of conditions on foreign investors;

(d) the extent to which the risk that foreign investment proposals are being used for money laundering is examined;

(e) the role of the Foreign Investment Review Board; and

(f) any other related matters.

No Yes 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 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: 0 10

*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 / 10 = 0.0%.

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