How Ron Boswell voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should put a tax on profits earned from mining mineral resources such as coal and iron ore

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25th Mar 2014, 2:01 PM – Senate Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill 2013 - Second Reading - Read a second time

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The majority voted against a motion to read the bill for a second time.(Read more about the stages a bill must pass through here. )

This means that the majority disagreed with the main idea of the bill and that the bill will no longer proceed.

Background to the bill

The bill was first introduced into the House by Treasurer Joe Hockey to repeal the minerals resource rent tax ('MRRT'), which the Coalition called the “mining tax”.(You can read more about the MRRT here. ) The tax began 1 July 2012 and applies to profits earned from the extraction of mineral resources such as coal and iron ore. Its abolition was an election promise of the Coalition during the 2013 election campaign.(You can read the Coalition's policy here.)

The bill also repeals the schoolkids bonus, the income support bonus and the low income superannuation contribution.

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absent No (strong) Not passed by a small majority

19th Mar 2012, 10:28 PM – Senate Minerals Resource Rent Tax Bill 2011 and related bills - Third Reading - Read the bills a third time

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to read the bills for a third time and so pass them through the Senate. As they have already been passed in the House of Representatives, they can now become law.

Background to the bills

These eleven bills were introduced as a package to create a minerals resource rent tax ('MRRT').(Read more about the MRRT here.) The tax is set to begin on 1 July 2012 and apply to profits earned from the extraction of mineral resources such as coal and iron ore.

The eleven bills are:

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

19th Mar 2012, 9:59 PM – Senate Minerals Resource Rent Tax Bill 2011 and related bills - Second Reading - Read a second time

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to read the bills for a second time.

This means that the majority agree to the main idea of the bills, which was to introduce a minerals resource rent tax. The Senate can now discuss them in detail.

Background to the bills

These eleven bills were introduced as a package to create a minerals resource rent tax ('MRRT').(Read more about the MRRT here.) The tax is set to begin on 1 July 2012 and apply to profits earned from the extraction of mineral resources such as coal and iron ore.

The eleven bills are:

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

19th Mar 2012, 9:35 PM – Senate Minerals Resource Rent Tax Bill 2011 - Second Reading - Defer consideration of bill

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The majority voted against an amendment introduced by Liberal Senator Mathias Cormann.

Senator Cormann explained that the amendment was "to the effect that we should not as a Senate continue to consider this bad piece of legislation until such time as the government have complied with all of the outstanding orders for information".(Read Senator Cormann's whole explanation here. )

Background to the bill

The Minerals Resource Rent Tax Bill 2011 is one of eleven bills that were introduced as a package to introduce a minerals resource rent tax ('MRRT').(Read more about the MRRT here.) The tax is set to begin on 1 July 2012 and apply to profits earned from the extraction of mineral resources such as coal and iron ore.

The eleven bills are:

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Yes No Not passed by a small majority

How "voted moderately 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 2 0 100
MP absent 1 25 50
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: 25 160

*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 = 25 / 160 = 16%.

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