How Matthew Canavan voted compared to someone who believes that the Federal Government should pass laws that ensure that people seeking asylum who are being held at offshore processing centres will be transferred to Australia for medical attention if more than one doctor say they need it, unless the Home Affairs Minister rejects it for security reasons

Division Matthew Canavan Supporters vote Division outcome

4th Dec 2019, 11:21 AM – Senate Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019 - Third Reading - Pass the bill

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The majority voted in favour of passing the bill. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read it for a third time. Because the bill had already been passed in the House of Representatives, it will now become law.

What does this bill do?

According to the bills digest:

The purpose of the Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019 (the Bill) is to amend the Migration Act 1958 to repeal the provisions inserted by Schedule 6 of the Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Act 2019. These provisions (commonly referred to as the medical transfer, or medevac, provisions) established a framework for the transfer of transitory persons from regional processing countries to Australia for the purpose of medical treatment or assessment. The Bill also amends the Migration Act to allow for the removal of people brought to Australia under the medical transfer provisions back to a regional processing country once they no longer need to be in Australia.

Yes No (strong) Passed by a small majority

4th Dec 2019, 11:17 AM – Senate Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019 - In Committee - Savings provisions

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The majority voted against amendments introduced by NSW Senator Kristina Keneally (Labor), which means they failed.

Senator Keneally explained the purpose of the amendments:

These are amendments that would ensure a savings provision of sorts for people who have already applied for a medevac transfer—that is, sick people on Manus and Nauru who have already applied for the medevac assessment and who are already in the medevac assessment process. They would be saved by this provision that would allow them to complete that. If they are assessed by doctors—doctors appointed by Minister Dutton, by the way—to need medical treatment, they will be able to access it through the medevac process.

Amendment text

(1) Schedule 1, item 15, page 5 (lines 11 to 29), omit the item, substitute:

15 Continued application of old law

(1) This item applies in relation to a transitory person if, immediately before this item's commencement, any of the following had occurred:

(a) a decision had been made by the Minister in relation to the person under section 198D, 198E, 198F or 198G of the old law;*

(b) the Secretary had identified the person as a legacy minor under section 198D of the old law but had not notified the Minister;

(c) the Secretary had been notified about the person under section 198E of the old law but had not notified the Minister;

(d) the Minister had been notified about the person under section 198D or 198E of the old law but had not made a decision about the person;

(e) the Independent Health Advice Panel (the panel) had been notified by the Minister about the person under section 198F of the old law but the panel had not informed the Minister of its recommendation in relation to the person;

(f) the Minister had been informed by the panel about the person under section 198F of the old law but the Minister had not made a decision about the person;

(g) the Minister had been informed by an officer about the person under section 198G of the old law but the Minister had not made a decision about the person.

(2) Despite the amendments and repeals made by this Schedule, the old law continues to apply, in relation to the transitory person, as if those amendments and repeals had not been made.

(3) The old law is the Migration Act 1958 as in force immediately before this item's commencement.

(4) To avoid doubt, this item does not affect the operation of subsection 7(2) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

No Yes Not passed by a small majority

4th Dec 2019, 11:09 AM – Senate Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019 - Second Reading - Agree with bill's main idea

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The majority voted in favour of agreeing with the main idea of the bill. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read it for a second time, which means they can now discuss it in more detail.

What does this bill do?

According to the bills digest:

The purpose of the Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019 (the Bill) is to amend the Migration Act 1958 to repeal the provisions inserted by Schedule 6 of the Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Act 2019. These provisions (commonly referred to as the medical transfer, or medevac, provisions) established a framework for the transfer of transitory persons from regional processing countries to Australia for the purpose of medical treatment or assessment. The Bill also amends the Migration Act to allow for the removal of people brought to Australia under the medical transfer provisions back to a regional processing country once they no longer need to be in Australia.

Yes No (strong) Passed by a small majority

13th Feb 2019, 11:05 AM – Senate Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018 - Returned from the House of Representatives - Agree with amendments to pass bill

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to agree to the amendments made by the House of Representatives to the Senate amendments to the bill, which means all the amendments are agreed to and so the bill can now pass.

What does the bill do?

According to the bills digest, the bill was introduced to make various amendments to migration, customs and passenger movement laws, including:

  • clarifying that where the removal of a non-citizen from the migration zone to another country is unsuccessful, a visa is not required to bring the person back to Australia and they remain subject to statutory bars on subsequent visa applications, where applicable;
  • providing that the Minister may make documents available to a person by way of an online account;
  • providing that the Commonwealth may appropriate money from the Consolidated Revenue Fund to pay refunds, rebates or drawbacks of customs duty in circumstances where those payments have no other statutory basis; and
  • amending the Passenger Movement Charge Collection Act 1978 to specify that regulations may make provision for the charging and recovery of fees in relation to the Passenger Movement Charge.
No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

6th Dec 2018, 4:47 PM – Senate Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018 - Third Reading - Pass the bill

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to agree with the remaining stages of the bill so that it will be passed with the amendments adopted by the Senate. The bill will now be sent back to House of Representatives, where our MPs will decide whether they agree with the Senate's amendments.

What does the bill do?

According to the bills digest:

The Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018 (the Bill) is an omnibus Bill which makes various amendments to migration, customs and passenger movement laws. The Bill:

  • amends the Migration Act 1958 to:
  • clarify that where the removal of a non-citizen from the migration zone to another country is unsuccessful, a visa is not required to bring the person back to Australia and they remain subject to statutory bars on subsequent visa applications, where applicable (Schedule 1)

  • provide that the Minister may make documents available to a person by way of an online account (Schedule 2)

  • amends the Customs Act 1901 to:
  • provide that the Commonwealth may appropriate money from the Consolidated Revenue Fund to pay refunds, rebates or drawbacks of customs duty in circumstances where those payments have no other statutory basis (Schedule 3)

  • make minor technical amendments (Schedule 5) and

  • amends the Passenger Movement Charge Collection Act 1978 to specify that regulations may make provision for the charging and recovery of fees in relation to the Passenger Movement Charge (Schedule 4).
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 4 0 200
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 1 0 10
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 0 210

*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 / 210 = 0.0%.

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