How Ron Boswell voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should introduce a carbon pricing mechanism

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20th Mar 2014, 12:43 PM – Senate Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 and related bills - Third Reading - Read a third time

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The majority voted against a motion to read the bills for a third time, which was introduced by Liberal Senator Mathias Cormann.

This means that the majority disagreed with the bills and did not want to pass them through the Senate,(Read more about this division on ABC News. ) meaning that the bills will not proceed to become law.

Background to the bills

The Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 and related bills were introduced as a package to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, which was introduced by the Australian Labor Party while in government. The Coalition described the mechanism as a “carbon tax” and removing it was a key policy platform during the 2013 election.(You can read more about the Coalition's policy to remove the carbon price here. )

The carbon pricing mechanism commenced on 1 July 2012.(For more information on the carbon pricing mechanism and how it works, please see the Clean Energy Regulator’s website.) It is an emissions trading scheme that puts a price on carbon emissions. It applies to “liable entities” (a group that includes companies that emit a high level of greenhouse gases). Initially the price of carbon is fixed by the mechanism but from 1 July 2015 the price will be set by the market, though the Labor Government did announce plans to bring this forward to 1 July 2014 just before they were defeated by the Coalition in the 2013 election.

The ten other related bills are:

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Yes No (strong) Not passed by a small majority

17th Mar 2014, 1:59 PM – Senate Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 and related bills - Second Reading - Read a second time

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

The motion was phrased like this: "That these bills be now read a second time but the Senate calls on the Government to recognise the scientific expert consensus regarding climate change and that the repeal of the carbon tax must be accompanied by the introduction of serious and comprehensive policies to address climate change."

This means that the majority agree with the main idea of the bill, subject to the proviso contained in the motion.

Background to the bills

The Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 and related bills were introduced as a package to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, which was introduced by the Australian Labor Party while in government. The Coalition described the mechanism as a “carbon tax” and removing it was a key policy platform during the 2013 election.(You can read more about the Coalition's policy to remove the carbon price here. )

The carbon pricing mechanism commenced on 1 July 2012.(For more information on the carbon pricing mechanism and how it works, please see the Clean Energy Regulator’s website.) It is an emissions trading scheme that puts a price on carbon emissions. It applies to “liable entities” (a group that includes companies that emit a high level of greenhouse gases). Initially the price of carbon is fixed by the mechanism but from 1 July 2015 the price will be set by the market, though the Labor Government did announce plans to bring this forward to 1 July 2014 just before they were defeated by the Coalition in the 2013 election.

The ten other related bills are:

Yes No (strong) Passed by a large majority

3rd Mar 2014, 12:39 PM – Senate Climate Change Authority (Abolition) 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 this division in the Australian. )

This means that the majority of senators disagree with the main idea of the bill, which was to abolish the Climate Change Authority, and that the bill has been rejected.

Background to the motion

The Climate Change Authority (Abolition) Bill 2013 was introduced to abolish the Climate Change Authority ('CCA'), which was established by the Labor government to provide independent advice on Australia’s emissions reduction targets, and other Australian Government climate change initiatives.(Read more about the CCA on its website here. It was created by the Climate Change Authority Bill 2011. )

Abolishing the CCA is a key Coalition policy.(Read more in the media.)

Yes No Not passed by a small majority

3rd Mar 2014, 12:35 PM – Senate Climate Change Authority (Abolition) Bill 2013 - Second reading - Express concern about abolition

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Labor Senator Louise Pratt that:

At the end of the motion to read the bill for a second time, add: “, but the Senate expresses concern over the impact of the abolition of the Climate Change Authority on the provision of independent advice to Government and the public on carbon pollution reduction targets and actions.”

This amendment doesn't change the effect of the amended motion and so is more of a symbolic move to show the majority of senator's dissatisfaction with the Climate Change Authority (Abolition) Bill 2013.

Background to the motion

This bill was introduced to abolish the Climate Change Authority ('CCA'), which was established by the Labor government to provide independent advice on Australia’s emissions reduction targets, and other Australian Government climate change initiatives.(Read more about the CCA on its website here. It was created by the Climate Change Authority Bill 2011. )

Abolishing the CCA is a key Coalition policy.(Read more in the media.)

No Yes Passed by a small majority

9th Dec 2013, 4:49 PM – Senate Motions - Climate Change - support Climate Smart Tasmania and condemn repeal of carbon price

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Greens Senator Christine Milne, which was:

That the Senate—

(a) supports the Tasmanian Government's Climate Smart strategy(Read more about this strategy on the Tasmanian Department of Premier and Cabinet website here and in the media here.) which aims to achieve 100 per cent renewable production and a 35 per cent cut in emissions on 1990 levels by 2020; and

(b) condemns the Abbott Government's attempts to repeal the carbon price, which will remove up to $70 million per year from Hydro Tasmania and dividend payments to the Tasmanian budget.

No Yes Passed by a small majority

2nd Dec 2013, 8:34 PM – Senate Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 and related bills — First Reading — Consider the legislation together

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The majority voted against a motion that the bills be considered together.

This means that each of the eleven bills will have to be considered separately.

The eleven bills are a package to remove the carbon pricing mechanism, which was introduced by the Australian Labor Party while in government. The Coalition described the mechanism as a “carbon tax” and removing it was a key policy platform during the 2013 election.(You can read more about the Coalition's policy to remove the carbon price here. )

The eleven bills are:

Background to the bills

The carbon pricing mechanism commenced on 1 July 2012.(For more information on the carbon pricing mechanism and how it works, please see the Clean Energy Regulator’s website.) It is an emissions trading scheme that puts a price on carbon emissions. It applies to “liable entities” (a group that includes companies that emit a high level of greenhouse gases). Initially the price of carbon is fixed by the mechanism but from 1 July 2015 the price will be set by the market, though the Labor Government did announce plans to bring this forward to 1 July 2014 just before they were defeated by the Coalition in the 2013 election.

absent No Not passed by a small majority

27th Jun 2013, 12:18 PM – Senate Motions - Carbon Pricing - Stop the increase in the carbon price

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The majority voted against a motion moved by Liberal Senator Helen Kroger, which was:

That the Senate calls on the Government to bring forward urgently a bill to provide that the legislated increase in the carbon tax from 1 July 2013 does not proceed.

Background to the motion

The carbon pricing mechanism, which the Opposition calls a "carbon tax", began on 1 July 2012. It is an emissions trading scheme that puts a price on carbon emissions. It applies to “liable entities” (a group that includes companies that emit a high level of greenhouse gases).(Read more about the carbon pricing mechanism and how it applies here.)

Initially the price of carbon is fixed by the mechanism and is set to increase each financial year. From 1 July 2015, the price will be set by the market.

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Yes No Not passed by a small majority

26th Nov 2012, 10:01 PM – Senate Clean Energy Amendment (International Emissions Trading and Other Measures) Bill 2012 and related bills - Third Reading - Read a third time

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

This means that the bills are passed in the Senate and, as they have already passed in the House of Representatives, they will now be sent to the Governor-General for royal assent so they can become laws.

The seven bills are:

Background to the bills

The seven bills are designed to link Australia’s carbon pricing mechanism to overseas emissions trading schemes from 1 July 2015, which is when the Australian carbon pricing mechanism is scheduled to transition to an emissions trading scheme.(For more information on the carbon pricing mechanism and how it works, please see the Clean Energy Regulator’s website.)

This means that Australian "liable entities" (a group that includes companies that emit a high level of greenhouse gases) will be able to trade carbon units with credible overseas emissions trading schemes such as the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme. Such businesses will be able to use eligible international carbon units to meet up to 50 per cent of their annual liability.

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absent Yes Passed by a small majority

26th Nov 2012, 9:42 PM – Senate Clean Energy Amendment (International Emissions Trading and Other Measures) Bill 2012 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 a second time.

This means that the senators have agreed to the main idea of the bills and will now discuss them in detail.

The seven bills are:

Background to the bills

The seven bills are designed to link Australia’s carbon pricing mechanism to overseas emissions trading schemes from 1 July 2015, which is when the Australian carbon pricing mechanism is scheduled to transition to an emissions trading scheme.(For more information on the carbon pricing mechanism and how it works, please see the Clean Energy Regulator’s website.)

This means that Australian "liable entities" (a group that includes companies that emit a high level of greenhouse gases) will be able to trade carbon units with credible overseas emissions trading schemes such as the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme. Such businesses will be able to use eligible international carbon units to meet up to 50 per cent of their annual liability.

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absent Yes Passed by a small majority

25th Jun 2012, 8:47 PM – Senate Clean Energy Legislation Amendment Bill 2012, Clean Energy (Customs Tariff Amendment) Bill 2012, Clean Energy (Excise Tariff Legislation Amendment) Bill 2012 - Third Reading - Read a third time

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

This means that the bills are passed in the Senate and, as they have already passed in the House of Representatives, they will now be sent to the Governor-General for royal assent so they can become law.

Background to the bill

The three bills are a package to include non-transport gaseous fuels in the carbon pricing mechanism.(Read the government's explanation of the bills here. ) This would mean that the carbon pricing mechanism would apply to compressed natural gas from 1 July 2012. It would also apply to non-transport liquid petroleum gas and liquefied natural gas from 1 July 2013.

The three bills that make up the package are:

The carbon pricing mechanism is an emissions trading scheme which will commence on 1 July 2012.(See the Clean Energy Regulator’s website for more information on how it works.)

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No Yes Passed by a small majority

25th Jun 2012, 8:44 PM – Senate Clean Energy Legislation Amendment Bill 2012, Clean Energy (Customs Tariff Amendment) Bill 2012, Clean Energy (Excise Tariff Legislation Amendment) Bill 2012 - Second Reading - Read a second time

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to read the package of three bills a second time, which was moved by Senator Penny Wong.

This means that the senators have agreed to the main idea of the bills and can now discuss them in detail.

Background to the bill

The three bills are a package to include non-transport gaseous fuels in the carbon pricing mechanism.(Read the government's explanation of the bills here. ) This would mean that the carbon pricing mechanism would apply to compressed natural gas from 1 July 2012. It would also apply to non-transport liquid petroleum gas and liquefied natural gas from 1 July 2013.

The three bills that make up the package are:

The carbon pricing mechanism is an emissions trading scheme which will commence on 1 July 2012.(See the Clean Energy Regulator’s website for more information on how it works.)

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No Yes Passed by a small majority

21st Jun 2012, 6:02 PM – Senate Motions — Carbon Pricing - Condemn Government

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The majority voted against a motion that a previous motion introduced by Senator Mathias Cormann may be put.

This means that there will be no vote on Senator Cormann's motion, which was:

That the Senate condemns the Labor Government for imposing the world's biggest carbon tax(By "carbon tax", Senator Cormann is referring to the carbon pricing mechanism, which will begin on 1 July 2012.) on the Australian economy at the worst possible time, when the Prime Minister (Ms Gillard) promised before the 2010 election that there would be no carbon tax under a government she leads and when it will:

(a) push up the cost of living;

(b) push up the cost of doing business;

(c) make Australia less competitive internationally;

(d) cost jobs;

(e) result in lower real wages and cause a cumulative reduction in Australia's gross domestic product in the order of $1 trillion between now and 2050, according to the Government's own Treasury modelling; and

(f) shift economic activity and emissions overseas, therefore doing nothing to help reduce global emissions.

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absent No Not passed by a small majority

8th Nov 2011 – Senate Clean Energy Bill 2011 and related bills - Third Reading - Read a third time

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

This means that the bills are passed in the Senate and, as they have already passed in the House of Representatives, they will now be sent to the Governor-General for royal assent so they can become law.

The eighteen bills are a package to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, which is a key policy of the Labor Government.

The eighteen bills are:

Background to the bills

The carbon pricing mechanism is set to begin on 1 July 2012.(Read more about the carbon pricing mechanism on the Clean Energy Regulator’s website.) It is an emissions trading scheme that puts a price on carbon emissions. It will apply to “liable entities” (a group that includes companies that emit a high level of greenhouse gases). Initially the price of carbon will be fixed by the mechanism but from 1 July 2015 the price will be set by the market.

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No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

8th Nov 2011 – Senate Clean Energy Bill 2011 and related bills - In committee - Agree to the bills

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to agree to the bills without amendments or requests for amendments.

Passing this motion ends the discussion of the bills in detail. The next step is for the senators to vote on whether to read the bills for a third time.(The third reading division is available here. )

The eighteen bills are a package to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, which is a key policy of the Labor Government.

The eighteen bills are:

Background to the bills

The carbon pricing mechanism is set to begin on 1 July 2012.(Read more about the carbon pricing mechanism on the Clean Energy Regulator’s website.) It is an emissions trading scheme that puts a price on carbon emissions. It will apply to “liable entities” (a group that includes companies that emit a high level of greenhouse gases). Initially the price of carbon will be fixed by the mechanism but from 1 July 2015 the price will be set by the market.

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No Yes Passed by a small majority

8th Nov 2011 – Senate Clean Energy Bill 2011 - In Committee - When charge payable

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The majority voted against an amendment to the Clean Energy Bill 2011, moved by Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham and Independent Senator Nick Xenophon.

Senator Birmingham explained that "[t]hese amendments would ensure that at least 90 per cent of the up-front costs associated with the advance purchase of permits by electricity generators would be removed".(Read the rest of Senator Birmingham's and the associated debate here. The relevant debate commences at 11:04 am.) He said that this would "ensure that unnecessary electricity price rises above the gross electricity price rises already imposed under this legislation could be avoided".

The Clean Energy Bill 2011 is one of a package of eighteen bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, which is a key policy of the Australian Labor Party while in Government.

The eighteen bills were:

Background to the bills

The carbon pricing mechanism would commence on 1 July 2012. It is an emissions trading scheme that will put a price on carbon emissions. It will apply to “liable entities” (a group that includes companies that emit a high level of greenhouse gases). Initially the price of carbon will be fixed by the mechanism but from 1 July 2015 the price will be set by the market.

For more information on the carbon pricing mechanism and how it works, please see the Clean Energy Regulator’s website.

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Yes No Not passed by a small majority

7th Nov 2011 – Senate Clean Energy Bill 2011 and related bills - In Committee - Defer commencement of the carbon price

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The majority voted in favour of an amendment to the Clean Energy Bill 2011 that would defer commencing the carbon price mechanism until after the election of the 44th Parliament. It was introduced by Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham.

The Clean Energy Bill 2011 is part of a package of eighteen bills to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, which is a key policy of the Labor Government.

The eighteen bills are:

Background to the bills

The carbon pricing mechanism is set to begin on 1 July 2012.(Read more about the carbon pricing mechanism on the Clean Energy Regulator’s website.) It is an emissions trading scheme that puts a price on carbon emissions. It will apply to “liable entities” (a group that includes companies that emit a high level of greenhouse gases). Initially the price of carbon will be fixed by the mechanism but from 1 July 2015 the price will be set by the market.

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Yes No (strong) Not passed by a small majority

3rd Nov 2011 – Senate Clean Energy 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 a second time.

This means that the senators agree with the main idea of the bills and can now discuss them in detail.

The eighteen bills are a package to implement a carbon pricing mechanism, which is a key policy of the Labor Government.

The eighteen bills are:

Background to the bills

The carbon pricing mechanism is set to begin on 1 July 2012.(Read more about the carbon pricing mechanism on the Clean Energy Regulator’s website.) It is an emissions trading scheme that puts a price on carbon emissions. It will apply to “liable entities” (a group that includes companies that emit a high level of greenhouse gases). Initially the price of carbon will be fixed by the mechanism but from 1 July 2015 the price will be set by the market.

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No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

12th Oct 2011 – Senate Clean Energy Bill 2011 and related bills - First Reading - Read for a first time

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The majority voted in favour of a motion that the bills be read a first time. The eighteen bills are a package to implement a carbon pricing mechanism.

Passing this motion means that the bills can be introduced into the Senate. According to Odgers’ Australian Senate Practice, “the first reading is normally passed without opposition and is regarded as a purely formal stage”, so the fact that the Senate divided to vote on this motion demonstrates how controversial the carbon pricing mechanism was.

The carbon price is a key policy of the Labor Government.

The eighteen bills are:

Background to the bills

The carbon pricing mechanism is set to begin on 1 July 2012.(Read more about the carbon pricing mechanism on the Clean Energy Regulator’s website.) It is an emissions trading scheme that puts a price on carbon emissions. It will apply to “liable entities” (a group that includes companies that emit a high level of greenhouse gases). Initially the price of carbon will be fixed by the mechanism but from 1 July 2015 the price will be set by the market.

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No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

12th Oct 2011 – Senate Clean Energy Bill 2011 and related bills - First Reading - Take the bills together

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The majority voted in favour of a motion that these bills may be taken together.

This is a procedural motion and means that the Senate can now vote on reading the eighteen bills for a first time in one vote,(See that division here. ) as opposed to having to vote on each of the bills separately.

Background to the bills

The Clean Energy Bill 2011 and seventeen related bills are designed to introduce the carbon pricing mechanism,(For more detail about the carbon pricing mechanism and how it works, please see the Clean Energy Regulator’s website.) which will commence on 1 July 2012. It is an emissions trading scheme that puts a price on carbon emissions. It applies to “liable entities” (a group that includes companies that emit a high level of greenhouse gases). Initially the price of carbon will be fixed by the mechanism but from 1 July 2015 the price will be set by the market.

The eighteen bills are:

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No Yes Passed by a small majority

12th Oct 2011 – Senate Clean Energy Bill 2011 and related bills - First Reading - Proceed without formalities

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The majority voted in favour of a motion that these bills may proceed without formalities.

This is a procedural motion which "has the effect of suspending the requirements, otherwise imposed by the standing orders, for stages of the passage of the bill or bills to take place on different days, for notice of motions for such stages, and for the printing and certification of the bill or bills during passage". By passing this motion, the Senate was then able to vote on whether to read the bill for the first time.(That division is available to read here. )

Background to the bills

The Clean Energy Bill 2011 and seventeen related bills are designed to introduce the carbon pricing mechanism,(For more detail about the carbon pricing mechanism and how it works, please see the Clean Energy Regulator’s website.) which will commence on 1 July 2012. It is an emissions trading scheme that puts a price on carbon emissions. It applies to “liable entities” (a group that includes companies that emit a high level of greenhouse gases). Initially the price of carbon will be fixed by the mechanism but from 1 July 2015 the price will be set by the market.

The eighteen bills were:

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No Yes 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 6 0 300
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 10 0 100
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 4 4 8
Total: 4 408

*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 = 4 / 408 = 0.98%.

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