How Andrew McLachlan voted compared to someone who believes that Members of Parliament (MPs) and Senators should vote to suspend standing and sessional orders (that is, the procedural rules of Parliament) so that their colleagues can introduce motions for Parliament to vote on even when the the procedural rules would prevent them from doing so

Division Andrew McLachlan Supporters vote Division outcome

9th Nov 2020, 4:05 PM – Senate Motions - China - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - to allow a vote to happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Lambie moving a motion relating to the conduct of the business of this Senate, namely a motion to give precedence to general business notice of motion No. 828.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

3rd Sep 2020, 1:04 PM – Senate Documents - Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program; Order for the Production of Documents - Let vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual parliamentary rules - known as standing orders - to let a vote happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Siewert moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter, namely, a motion to give precedence to a motion relating to an order for the production of documents.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

3rd Sep 2020, 12:42 PM – Senate Motions - Defence Equipment: Collins Class Submarines - Let a vote happen

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Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a large majority

1st Sep 2020 – Senate Motions - Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians; Attempted Censure - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - to let a vote happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong) moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter, namely a motion to give precedence to a motion of censure of the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

18th Jun 2020, 10:35 AM – Senate Business - Senate Temporary Orders - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules, known as standing orders, to let a vote happen. The motion was introduced by Queensland Senator Larissa Waters.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a modest majority

18th Jun 2020, 10:20 AM – Senate Business - Senate Temporary Orders - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to suspend the usual procedural motions, which are known as standing orders, in order to let a vote take place.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent general business notice of motion No. 705 being moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a modest majority

18th Jun 2020, 10:06 AM – Senate Business - Senate Temporary Orders - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Queensland Senator Larissa Waters (Greens), which means it failed. The motion was to suspend the usual procedural rules of Parliament to let a vote happen, known as standing orders.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent me from moving a motion relating to the consideration of a matter, namely a motion to give precedence to a motion relating to general notice of motion No.705.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

16th Jun 2020, 4:38 PM – Senate Motions - Aboriginal Deaths in Custody - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against suspending the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - to let a vote happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the motion being moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a large majority

11th Jun 2020, 4:22 PM – Senate Motions - All Lives Matter - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Queensland Senator Pauline Hanson (One Nation) to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - in order to allow a vote to happen.

Senator Hanson wished to introduce and vote on a motion titled 'All lives matter' but, because this vote failed, is unable to do so.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the motion being moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a large 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 3 150 150
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 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 150 450

*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 = 150 / 450 = 33%.

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