How Larissa Waters voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should be required to seek the consent of local communities before selecting new sites for radioactive waste disposal

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22nd Feb 2016, 4:05 PM – Senate Motions - Radioactive Waste - Disposal

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by West Australian Senator Scott Ludlam (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Australian Government has initiated a voluntary site selection process for a national radioactive waste facility,

(ii) consecutive ministers have confirmed that such a facility would not proceed against the wishes of host communities,

(iii) six sites have been selected for further assessment for shortlisting, including Hill End in New South Wales, Omanama in Queensland, Hale in the Northern Territory, Cortlinye, Pinkawillinie and Barndioota in South Australia, and

(iv) strong local opposition clearly exists at all six sites currently under consideration; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

(i) acknowledge the opposition and lack of community support at all six sites,

(ii) respect previous commitments on non-imposition and the importance of community consent, and remove all six sites from further consideration,

(iii) initiate a genuinely independent inquiry to investigate long-term stewardship options for spent fuel, reprocessing waste, and other categories of radioactive waste, including drawing on international examples and experience,

(iv) investigate options for active waste minimisation, including increased use of non-reactor based methods for radioisotope production, and

(v) clearly reaffirm policy and legislative prohibitions on the importation and disposal of international radioactive waste.

Yes Yes Not passed by a modest 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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