How Andrew McLachlan voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should encourage Australian-based industry and secure the jobs these industries create by, for example, providing incentives for companies to stay in Australia

Division Andrew McLachlan Supporters vote Division outcome

12th May 2021, 4:30 PM – Senate Motions - Forestry Industry, Beef Industry - Condemn green groups

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Tasmanian Senator Jonathon Duniam (Liberal), which means it passed. Motions like these don't make any legal changes on their own but are politically influential because they represent the will of the Senate.

Motion text


That the Senate—

(a) notes the decision of the full Federal Court of Australia to unanimously uphold the appeal from VicForests against the action taken by the Friends of Leadbeater's Possum that sought to undermine the forestry industry;

(b) further notes the judgement is a big win for Victoria and Australia's native forest industry and supports the long-held position of this Government and the industry, and that Regional Forest Agreements provide a framework that achieves environmental, economic and social outcomes for our native forests;

(c) acknowledges that the Australian forest industry uses world-class sustainable forest management practices and supports the employment of more than 52,000 hardworking Australians making it an industry that deserves to be celebrated; and

(d) condemns the green groups that continue to use the courts to try to decimate the livelihoods of working Australians.

Yes Yes Passed by a large majority

12th Nov 2020, 12:18 PM – Senate Motions - COVID-19 - Employment

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Tasmanian Senator Anne Urquhart (Labor), which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 470,000 jobs have been lost since the COVID-19 outbreak began,

(ii) 30,000 jobs were lost in the fortnight to 17 October 2020, the first full fortnight after JobKeeper payments were cut, and

(iii) 160,000 more jobs are predicted to be lost before Christmas;

(b) further notes that the Government's decisions to exclude Australians from support and cut JobKeeper could lead to higher unemployment for longer; and

(c) calls on the Government to:

(i) revitalise Australian manufacturing,

(ii) guarantee apprenticeships on Federal major projects,

(iii) address the skills crisis by reinvesting in TAFE,

(iv) recharge the workforce participation of women,

(v) power our recovery with clean energy projects, and

(vi) deliver a plan for good secure jobs.

No Yes Not passed by a small majority

How "voted a mixture of for and 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 1 10 10
MP voted against policy 1 0 10
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 10 20

*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 = 10 / 20 = 50%.

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