How Larissa Waters voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should make it a criminal offence to share intimate images without consent (known colloquially as "revenge porn") and not just leave it up to the state-level governments to criminalise it separately in each State and Territory

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19th Jun 2017, 1:52 PM – Senate Enhancing Online Safety for Children Amendment Bill 2017 - Second Reading - Criminalise "revenge porn"

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Nick Xenophon Team Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore (SA), which means it was successful.

This motion doesn't actually amend the bill at all, but does send a strong message to the Government that the Senate wants new laws introduced "to criminalise the sharing of intimate images without consent".

Motion text

At the end of the motion, add:

", but the Senate:

(1) notes that Australian laws have failed to keep up with the new ways that technology is being used to cause harm, particularly to women; and

(2) calls on the Government to criminalise the sharing of intimate images without consent, pursuant to the recommendations made by the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee in its report on the phenomemon colloquially referred to as 'revenge porn'.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

How "voted very strongly 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 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
MP absent 0 0 0
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: 10 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 = 10 / 10 = 100%.

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