How Andrew McLachlan voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should decrease funding for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS)

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11th Jun 2020, 4:42 PM – Senate Motions - Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Restore funding

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The same number of senators voted for and against the motion introduced by South Australian Senator Sarah Hanson-Young (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the ABC has asked staff to volunteer for redundancies as it prepares to axe more than 200 positions to meet the Federal Government's $84 million budget cut,

(ii) more than $300 million has been cut from the ABC by the Coalition Government since 2013,

(iii) ratings show the ABC almost doubled its audience in March as the COVID-19 crisis took hold in Australia,

(iv) 60% of people in bushfire-affected areas said information from the ABC helped ensure their safety,

(v) emergency broadcasting during the summer bushfires cost the ABC an additional $3m,

(vi) the public broadcaster is the only news source in many regional areas, and

(vii) accurate news and information, and the telling of Australian stories is more important than ever right now; and

(b) calls on the Government to restore every dollar cut from the ABC's budget since 2013.

No No Not passed

11th Jun 2020, 4:01 PM – Senate Motions - Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Properly fund

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The same number of senators voted for and against a motion introduced SA Senator Stirling Griff (Centre Alliance), which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) thanks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) for its service in delivering vital emergency broadcasts and comprehensive coverage during national catastrophes, especially this year's devastating bushfires fires and the COVID-19 pandemic;

(b) recognises Australians turn to the ABC as the most trusted source of news and information during times of crisis;

(c) notes that the ABC has released independent research, submitted to the bushfire royal commission, which found that:

(i) 60% of people in bushfire-affected areas said information from the ABC helped ensure their safety,

(ii) 81% of people were aware of the ABC as an information source, and one in two used it as their main source of information during the summer crisis,

(iii) respondents said they trusted the ABC's channels and websites more than the commercial ones, and ABC local radio was essential when internet and telecommunications failed in bushfire zones, and

(iv) the ABC's Emergency website was the ABC's most trusted platform (74% trusting it "greatly") along with ABC Local Radio (72%) and ABC News TV (71%);

(d) acknowledges that:

(i) the ABC's emergency coverage saved lives during the bushfires,

(ii) the ABC has lost $783m in funding since the Coalition Government came to power in 2014, and

(iii) 250 ABC workers will now lose their jobs across news, entertainment and regional divisions as a consequence of years of underfunding by the Coalition Government and the paused indexation funding; and

(e) calls on the Government to properly fund the ABC and reverse the $83.7 million paused indexation funding, as a matter of urgency.

No No Not passed

How "voted very strongly for" 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 2 20 20
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 20 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 = 20 / 20 = 100%.

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