How Larissa Waters voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should unify the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the Family Court of Australia so that they are one court to be known as the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia

Division Larissa Waters Supporters vote Division outcome

17th Feb 2021, 9:40 PM – Senate Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2019 and another - Third Reading - Pass the bills

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to pass the bills, as amended, in the Senate. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read the bills for a third time. The bills will now go back to the House of Representatives for them to decide whether they agree with the Senate amendments. If they do, the bills will become law.

What do the bills do?

The Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2019 was introduced along with Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2019. Together, the purpose of the bills is to combine the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the Family Court of Australia into a single Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia. The effect of this is to abolish the Family Court as a stand-alone court.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

17th Feb 2021, 7:13 PM – Senate Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2019 and another - Second Reading - Agree with bills' main idea

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to agree with the main idea of the bills. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read the bills for a second time. They can now discuss them in more detail.

What do the bills do?

The Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2019 was introduced along with Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2019. Together, the purpose of the bills is to combine the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the Family Court of Australia into a single Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia. The effect of this is to abolish the Family Court as a stand-alone court.

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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