How Larissa Waters voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase funding for public schools and prioritise their funding over non-government (private) schools

Division Larissa Waters Supporters vote Division outcome

3rd Dec 2019, 4:24 PM – Senate Motions - Schools - Drought

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The same amount of senators voted for and against a motion, which means it failed. It was introduced by NSW Senator Mehreen Faruqi (Greens).

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Federal Government has announced $10 million in Special Circumstances Funding to drought affected schools, but has specifically excluded public schools from receiving this funding, and

(ii) more than 80% of students in rural and remote areas are enrolled in public schools and they are also deeply impacted by the drought; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to establish a fund for government schools facing hardship as a result of ongoing drought conditions.

Yes Yes Not passed

31st Jul 2019, 4:22 PM – Senate Motions - Education - Capital works fund for public school

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The same number of senators voted for and against the motion, which means it failed. It was introduced by NSW Senator Mehreen Faruqi (Greens).

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) seventy-six percent of school enrolment growth in the 5 years to 2018 was in public schools,

(ii) across Australia, public schools have the greatest need for infrastructure such as classrooms, libraries, science labs or sporting facilities,

(iii) the Federal Government has a dedicated Capital Grants Program, which is only available to non-government schools,

(iv) the only access public schools have to federal infrastructure funding is the Local Schools Community Fund, which consists of a one-off allocation of $200,000 to each electorate, which will be shared with private schools and will fall well short of the needs of public schools, and

(v) public school students deserve world-class facilities; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to establish a capital works fund dedicated to public schools.

Yes Yes Not passed

17th Oct 2018, 3:42 PM – Senate Motions - Schools - Fund public schools

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi, which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Liberal-National Federal Government has announced it will give an additional $4 billion to the Catholic and Independent school sectors following an intense lobbying campaign, and

(ii) public schools, despite teaching two in three students in Australia, are underfunded and, under the current system, almost 90 per cent of public schools will not receive the funding they need to meet the educational needs of their students; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to cancel the special deal with Catholic and Independent schools, and commit to funding public schools fairly, including diverting the full $4 billion into underfunded public schools.

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 3 30 30
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 30 30

*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 = 30 / 30 = 100%.

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