How Anne Ruston voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should make the cashless debit card program - which is a program where welfare payments are put onto controlled debit cards that are restricted in use - is voluntary

Division Anne Ruston Supporters vote Division outcome

1st Aug 2019, 10:12 AM – Senate Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Cashless Welfare) Bill 2019 - in Committee - Make voluntary

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The majority voted against an amendment introduced by Tasmanian Senator Carol Brown, which means it failed.

Senator Brown explained that:

The cashless debit card trial has been going on for too long. It is no longer a trial. The amendment sets out a process for establishing genuine community support for the card before the end of the year. Unless the government is able to clearly demonstrate that support, the amendment would make the cashless debit card voluntary from 31 January 2020. This applies to each of the existing cashless debit card areas—East Kimberley, Ceduna, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and the Goldfields.

No Yes Not passed by a small majority

31st Jul 2019, 11:30 AM – Senate Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Cashless Welfare) Bill 2019 - Second Reading - Stop being compulsory

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The majority voted against a motion moved by WA Senator Rachel Siewert (greens). The motion would have amended the usual second reading motion That this bill be now read a second time, which is parliamentary jargon for agreeing with the main idea of the bill.

Motion text

", but the Senate calls on the Government to abandon compulsory income management and the Cashless Debit Card."

No Yes Not passed by a modest majority

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 2 0 20
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 0 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 = 0 / 20 = 0.0%.

And then