How Malcolm Roberts voted compared to someone who believes that GST should not be charged on sanitary items (such as tampons and pads) as they are health products

Division Malcolm Roberts Supporters vote Division outcome

19th Jun 2017, 12:07 PM – Senate Treasury Laws Amendment (GST Low Value Goods) Bill 2017 - in Committee - No GST on sanitary items

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Larissa Waters (Qld), which means it failed. The motion would have made sanitary items exempt from GST, meaning no GST would be charged on these products.

Motion text

(1) Page 27 (after line 16), at the end of the Bill, add:

Schedule 2—Exemptions

A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999

1 At the end of Subdivision 38 -B

Add:

38 -65 Sanitary products

A supply of *sanitary products is GST-free.

2 Section 195 -1

Insert:

sanitary products means tampons, sanitary pads, panty liners and similar items.

3 Application

The amendments made to the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 by this Schedule apply in relation to supplies made on or after 1 July 2017.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

19th Jun 2017, 11:32 AM – Senate Treasury Laws Amendment (Gst Low Value Goods) Bill 2017 - Second Reading - Delay the bill

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Larissa Waters (Qld), which means it failed.

The motion would have changed the second reading motion (that is, the motion where the Senate agrees with the bill's main idea), replacing the words "that the Senate agrees to read the bill for a second time" with the words below.

In brief, the Greens Party wanted to delay this bill until the treasurers of Australia's States and Territories could consider their proposal to make sanitary items GST-free.

Motion text

Leave out all words after "that", insert:

" the debate on this bill be adjourned until State and Territory Treasurers have had an opportunity to consider the Australian Greens’ proposal to remove the tampon tax."

absent Yes Not passed by a modest 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 1 0 50
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* 1 1 2
Total: 1 52

*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 = 1 / 52 = 1.9%.

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