How Larissa Waters voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should support community broadcasting (radio and television) by, for example, increasing its funding and its ability to broadcast

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1st Oct 2014, 3:50 PM – Senate Motions - Local Content Broadcasting

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The majority agreed that the Government should begin a public consultation on the future of Australia's community broadcasting sector and also reconsider its decision to cancel spectrum allocation to the sector, which means community TV will be taken off the air.

Background to the motion

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam introduced this motion after Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that spectrum allocation to community TV would end after 31 December 2015 (read more about the current and future broadcasting arrangements for community TV).

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Australia's community broadcasters are a vital part of Australia's increasingly concentrated media landscape, providing space for diverse voices not found in commercial media,

(ii) some 25 000 Australians volunteer at their community radio or television station each year, gaining critical commercial skills and experience that they would not be able to access elsewhere, and

(iii) the future of the sector has been called into question by the Minister for Communications' recent announcement that spectrum licensing to community stations will be cancelled at the end of 2015; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government to:

(i) immediately commence a public consultation process regarding the future of Australia's community broadcasting sector, and

(ii) reconsider the decision to cancel spectrum allocation to the community broadcasting sector.

Yes Yes (strong) 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 1 50 50
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 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 50 50

*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 = 50 / 50 = 100%.

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