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12th Nov 2020, 12:09 PM – Senate Documents - Covid-19: International Travel - Order for the Production of Documents

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The same number of senators voted for and against a motion introduced by Tasmanian Senator Anne Urquhart (Labor), which means it failed.

Motion text

That—

(1) The Senate notes that the Prime Minister has made a commitment to the Australian public to ensure that stranded Australians will be home to celebrate Christmas with their families and loved ones, and that regular and timely information should be reported to the Senate and the Australian people to provide oversight and transparency on activities relating to the work to bring stranded Australians home.

(2) There be laid on the table by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, by not later than 7 days after, the Saturday of each calendar week until 31 January 2021, a weekly update which must include:

(a) the total number of stranded Australians that returned to Australia during the identified week;

(b) the total number of stranded Australians that remain overseas, along with the total number per country in which they are stranded and broken down by;

(i) age,

(ii) gender, and

(iii) Australian state or territory of usual residence;

(c) the total number of non-Australian citizens that entered Australia during the identified week broken down by visa class and nationality.

(3) In respect of paragraphs (2)(a) and (b), the update must include a weekly and cumulative total and separate total for the number of at-risk Australians.

(4) For the purposes of the update, stranded Australians, means Australian citizens registered with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade who are wishing to return home.

(5) If the Senate is not sitting when a weekly update is ready for presentation, the statement is to be presented to the President under standing order 166.

No Yes Not passed

18th Jun 2020, 12:18 PM – Senate Documents - Rural and Regional Australia - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by South Australian Senator Rex Patrick (Centre Alliance), which means it passed.

Motion text

That—

(1) The Senate notes that:

(a) the House of Representatives Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation released the 'Regions at the Ready: Investing in Australia's Future' report on 28 June 2018;

(b) recommendation twelve of that report called on the government to develop a clear regional development policy through a comprehensive Regional Australia White Paper, following a Green Paper public consultation process;

(c) the Government established an expert panel to "undertake a targeted assessment of the key issues raised in the Report, including the development of a White Paper" which was to report to Government by 31 March 2019; and

(d) the report of the expert panel has not been made available to the Parliament or to the public.

(2) There be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, by no later than 18 June 2020, a copy of the expert panel report on the 'Regions at the Ready: Investing in Australia's Future' report.

No Yes Passed by a small majority

17th Jun 2020, 4:22 PM – Senate Committees - Covid-19 Select Committee - Provide information

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by ACT Senator Katy Gallagher (Labor), which means it passed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) on 8 April 2020 the Senate unanimously supported the establishment of the Senate Select Committee on COVID-19 to inquire into the Government's response to the pandemic,

(ii) the Leader of the Government in the Senate told the chamber on 8 April 2020 that "we do believe there is a need for scrutiny" and that "it is very important to have in place a committee of the type that is being proposed",

(iii) the Government has refused to provide the Senate Select Committee on COVID-19 with important information relevant to its inquiry including:

(A) modelling and scenario work undertaken by Treasury on the Government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and

(B) the date the Chief Medical Officer first briefed Cabinet on COVID-19, and

(iv) in relation to each of the examples in paragraph (a) (iii):

(A) the Government has asserted that it cannot provide the relevant information because it pertains to Cabinet,

(B) the Government has failed to make a public interest immunity claim in relation to the information sought,

(C) in particular, no attempt has been made to identify any specific harm to the public that would result from disclosing the information, and

(D) the Committee has reiterated its requests for information and, in the case of the Treasury modelling, did not accept the Department's answer;

(b) reaffirms:

(i) the resolution of the Senate of 16 July 1975 relating to the powers of the Senate and the accountability of witnesses and requiring that any claim to withhold information from the Senate be based on an established ground,

(ii) the order of the Senate of 13 May 2009 (the 'Cormann order'), which sets out the process to be followed for witnesses, including ministers, to raise public interest immunity claims, including by stating the grounds of those claims and the harm that might be occasioned by providing the information, and

(iii) the principle that information may only be withheld following consideration by the Senate of a properly founded claim of public interest immunity, as laid out in the Cormann order and reaffirmed in orders of the Senate of 22 September 2020, 10 February 2011, 3 March 2016, 11 October 2016, and 12 September 2017; and

(c) orders the Minister representing the Treasurer and the Minister representing the Minister for Health to provide the information identified in paragraph (a) (iii) to the Senate Select Committee by 12 pm Thursday 18 June.

No Yes Passed by a small majority

16th Jun 2020, 4:23 PM – Senate Documents - Administrative Appeals Tribunal - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Tasmanian Senator Anne Urquhart (Labor), which means it passed.

Motion text

That—

(1) There be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Attorney-General, by no later than 9 am on 30 July 2020, a copy of each decision by the Social Services & Child Support Division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) dated between 1 July 2015 and 27 November 2019 (with any redactions that are necessary to protect personal privacy) in which a Member of the AAT determined that: for the purpose of sections 1222A(a) and 1223(1) of the Social Security Act 1991, no debt or debt component is able to be founded on the basis of extrapolations from Australian Taxation Office records (however expressed).

(2) If the Senate is not sitting when the documents are ready for presentation, the documents are to be presented to the President under Standing Order 166.

No Yes Passed by a small majority

11th Jun 2020, 4:46 PM – Senate Motions - Pensions and Benefits - Provide information about Robodebt

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Northern Territory Senator Malarndirri McCarthy (Labor), which means it passed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that the Morrison Government:

(i) has announced it will refund at least $721 million that it unjustly enriched itself with by raising unlawful debts against Australians,

(ii) for years denied Robodebt was illegal, but on Friday 29 May 2020 conceded that "There wasn't a lawful basis" for the scheme, and

(iii) only admitted Robodebt was unlawful and suspended the scheme after a class action was launched on behalf of 600,000 victims; and

(b) calls on the Minister representing the Minister for Government Services to produce all answers to questions asked by the Senate Community Affairs Legislation and References Committees relating to Robodebt over which there have been public interest immunity claims made.

No Yes Passed by a small majority

11th Jun 2020, 3:49 PM – Senate Motions - Sheean, Ordinary Seaman Edward (Teddy) - Provide advice to the Senate

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Tasmanian Senator Anne Urquhart (Labor), also on behalf of Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie (Jacqui Lambie Network), which means it succeeded.

Motion text

That—

(1) The Senate notes that:

(a) on 23 July 2019 the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal decided to recommend to the Minister for Defence Personnel that:

(i) the decision by the Chief of Navy to refuse to recommend the award of the Victoria Cross for Australia to Ordinary Seaman Edward Sheean in respect of his actions in HMAS Armidale during a Japanese aerial attack in the Timor Sea on 1 December 1942 be set aside, and

(ii) the Minister recommend to the Sovereign that Ordinary Seaman Edward Sheean be posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia for the most conspicuous gallantry and a pre-eminent act of valour in the presence of the enemy in HMAS Armidale during a Japanese aerial attack in the Timor Sea on 1 December 1942;

(b) the Prime Minister explained in part his rejection of the recommendations to ABC Tasmania on 26 May 2020 by saying "I have taken advice from Australia's military chiefs past and present in making this decision".

(2) There be laid on the table, by no later than noon on Wednesday 17 June 2020, by the Minister representing the Prime Minister, all copies of documents and correspondence, whether written letters or via email, referred to in the advice outlined in (1) (b) above, held by the Prime Minister or his department relating to the decision of the Prime Minister to reject the recommendation of the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal decision in Barnett and the Department of Defence re: Sheean [2019] DHAAT 09 (23 July 2019).

No Yes Passed by a small majority

26th Feb 2020, 4:25 PM – Senate Documents - Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines - Order for the Production of Documents

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The same number of senators voted for and against a motion introduced by Queensland Senator Larissa Waters (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

(1) That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Finance, by no later than 2 pm on 23 March 2020, all reports and correspondence received by the Minister for Finance from other Ministers under paragraph 4 of the Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines 2017 or 4 of the previous Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines between 1 August 2016 and 31 April 2019.

(2) In the event the Minister fails to table the reports and correspondence, the Senate requires the Minister representing the Prime Minister to attend the Senate on 25 March 2020, by no later than 10:15 am, to provide an explanation, of no more than 10 minutes, of the Government's failure to table the documents.

(3) Any Senator may move to take note of the explanation required by paragraph (2).

(4) Any motion under paragraph (3) may be debated for no longer than 60 minutes, shall have precedence over all government business until determined, and senators may speak to the motion for not more than 10 minutes each.

No Yes Not passed

26th Feb 2020, 3:52 PM – Senate Documents - Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Queensland Senator Larissa Waters (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

(1) That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Finance, by no later than 30 April of each calendar year:

(a) all reports and correspondence received by the Minister for Finance under paragraph 4 .12 of the Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines 2017 during the preceding calendar year; and

(b) a summary of the decisions reported under paragraph 4.12 of the Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines 2017, including the Central Budget Management System program title, sub-program, grant activity, grantee, total grant value, grant funding location, postcode, and a brief statement of reason for the decision.

(2) If the Senate is not sitting when the documents are ready for presentation, the documents are to be presented to the President under standing order 166.

(3) This order is of continuing effect.

No Yes Not passed by a large majority

26th Feb 2020, 11:40 AM – Senate Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Simplifying Income Reporting and Other Measures) Bill 2020 - Second Reading - Robodebt

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The majority voted against an amendment to the usual second reading motion, which is that the bill be read for a second time (parliamentary jargon for agreeing with the main idea of the bill). It was introduced at the request of WA Senator Rachel Siewert (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

At the end of the motion, add:

", but the Senate calls on the Government to:

(a) come clean on the robodebt disaster;

(b) provide all legal advice relating to the robodebt program to the Senate; and

(c) use the savings generated from this bill to compensate robodebt victims".

No Yes Not passed by a small majority

25th Feb 2020, 5:00 PM – Senate Documents - South Coast Track Huts Walk - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Tasmanian Senator Nick McKim (Greens), which means the documents will need to be provided to the Senate.

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development no later than midday on 27 February 2020, the grant agreement between the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development and South Coast Track Huts Walk Pty Ltd.

No Yes Passed by a small majority

25th Feb 2020, 4:51 PM – Senate Documents - Environment Restoration Fund and Communities Environment Program - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by SA Senator Sarah Hanson-Young (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, by not later than 9am on 27 February 2020,the following documents in relation to the Environment Restoration Fund, as announced in the 2019-20 Budget, and the Communities Environment Program, announced in March 2019 prior to the 2019-20 Budget:

(a) all communications between the Commonwealth policy entity responsible and the Minister for the Environment (the Minister) or the Minister's office in relation to the programs;

(b) all communications between the Minister and other parliamentarians in relation to the programs;

(c) all Ministerial briefs prepared for the Minister in relation to the programs;

(d) all administrative guidelines, including grant funding guidelines, in relation to the programs;

(e) any advice on the content of guidelines or program arrangements, or drafts of the same, prepared for the Minister in relation to the programs; and

(f) all documents prepared for the Minister relating to the eligibility and eligibility assessments for the programs.

No Yes Not passed by a modest majority

25th Feb 2020, 4:47 PM – Senate Documents - Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Victorian Senator Janet Rice (Greens), which means it passed and the information will need to be provided to the Senate.

Motion text

(1) That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Prime Minister, by no later than 7:20 pm on 25 February 2020, the final report provided by the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Mr Phillip Gaetjens, to the Prime Minister in relation to the application of the Statement of Ministerial Standards to the former Minister for Sport's award of funding under the Community Sport Infrastructure Program.

(2) In the event the Minister fails to table the report, the Senate requires the Minister representing the Prime Minister to attend the Senate on 26 February 2020, prior to government business being called on, to provide an explanation, of no more than 10 minutes, of the Government's failure to table the report.

(3) Any Senator may move to take note of the explanation required by paragraph (2).

(4) Any motion under paragraph (3) shall have precedence over all government business until determined, and senators may speak to the motion for not more than 10 minutes each.

No Yes Passed by a small majority

12th Feb 2020, 4:20 PM – Senate Documents - Energy - Order for the Production of Documents

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The same number of senators voted for and against a motion introduced by Queensland Senator Larissa Waters (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction (Senator Birmingham) by 3:30 pm on 24 February 2020, all Departmental advice relating to establishing a coal-fired generation plant in Collinsville, Queensland, including but not limited to:

(a) the suitability or otherwise of a new coal-fired power station in Queensland;

(b) current congestion issues in this part of the grid network; and

(c) any economic, greenhouse or environmental impacts of establishing the coal- fired power station.

No Yes Not passed

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 0 0 0
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 13 0 130
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 0 130

*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 = 0 / 130 = 0.0%.

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