How Ron Boswell voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should introduce a National Broadband Network ('NBN') using the fibre to the premises ('FTTP') design

Division Ron Boswell Supporters vote Division outcome

15th Sep 2011 – Senate National Broadband Network Financial Transparency Bill 2010 (No. 2) — Second Reading — Read a second time

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The majority voted against a motion to read the bill for a second time. This means that the majority rejected the main idea of the bill and that it will not be considered any further.(Read more about the stages that a bill must pass through to become law here. )

Background to the bill

The bill was introduced as a private member's bill by Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham and relates to the National Broadband Network ('NBN'), which is a key Labor Government initiative.(Read more about the NBN on Wikipedia here. ) Its purpose is to require the NBN Co to prepare a business case for the NBN and publish it by 19 November 2010. It also requires the Productivity Commission to prepare a cost-benefit analysis and publish it by 31 May 2011.(Read more about the bill here.)

Yes No Not passed by a small majority

24th Mar 2011, 4:53 PM – Senate National Broadband Network Companies Bill 2010 and related bill — In Committee - Report progress

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham, which means that it was rejected. The motion was that progress be reported and would have ended the consideration in committee stage, which would be resumed at a later time.(Read more about the stages that a bill must pass through to become law here. )

Background to the bills

The National Broadband Network Companies Bill 2010 ('NBN Co bill') was introduced with the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (National Broadband Network Measures-Access Arrangements) Bill 2010 ('Telecommunications bill').

The NBN Co bill establishes a regulatory framework for ownership, governance and operation of the NBN Co and its subsidiary corporations.(Read more about the NBN Co bill in its bills digest. ) The NBN Co was created to build and operate the National Broadband Network ('NBN'), a key Labor Government policy.

The Telecommunications bill supports the NBN Co bill by, among other things: supporting the rollout of NBN-consistent fibre to the premises networks in new real estate developments and placing certain obligations on the supply of wholesale services by an NBN corporation.(Read more about the Telecommunications bill in its bills digest.)

absent No Not passed by a small majority

24th Mar 2011, 3:54 PM – Senate National Broadband Network Companies Bill 2010 and related bill — 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.(Read more about the stages that a bill must pass through to become law here. ) This means that the majority agree with the main idea of the bills and that the Senate can now discuss them in more detail.

Background to the bills

The National Broadband Network Companies Bill 2010 ('NBN Co bill') was introduced with the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (National Broadband Network Measures-Access Arrangements) Bill 2010 ('Telecommunications bill').

The NBN Co bill establishes a regulatory framework for ownership, governance and operation of the NBN Co and its subsidiary corporations.(Read more about the NBN Co bill in its bills digest. ) The NBN Co was created to build and operate the National Broadband Network ('NBN'), a key Labor Government policy.

The Telecommunications bill supports the NBN Co bill by, among other things: supporting the rollout of NBN-consistent fibre to the premises networks in new real estate developments and placing certain obligations on the supply of wholesale services by an NBN corporation.(Read more about the Telecommunications bill in its bills digest.)

absent Yes Passed by a small majority

How "voted 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 0 0 0
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* 2 2 4
Total: 2 14

*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 = 2 / 14 = 14%.

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