How David Fawcett voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should put a time limit on how long asylum seekers can be detained while their claims for asylum are being processed

Division David Fawcett Supporters vote Division outcome

25th Jun 2015, 5:52 PM – Senate Migration Amendment (Regional Processing Arrangements) Bill 2015 - in Committee - Limit detention to 3 months

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The majority voted against two Greens amendments introduced by Senator Sarah Hanson-Young (SA), which means they were unsuccessful.

What do these amendments do?

These amendments would limit detention in regional centres (such as the centres in Nauru and on Manus Island) to three months.

Amendment text

Greens amendment (4):

(4) Schedule 1, page 3 (after line 19), after subsection 198AHA(2), insert:

(2A) Despite subsection (2), the Commonwealth must not:

(a) take, or cause to be taken, any action; or

(b) make any payment, or cause any payment to be made; or

(c) do anything else that is incidental or conducive to the taking of such action or the making of such a payment;

to the extent that the action, payment or anything else will result in, or enable, the restraint over the liberty of an individual for longer than 3 months.

Greens amendment (6):

(6) Schedule 1, page 4 (after line 5), at the end of the Schedule, add (after proposed item 3):

4 Application—detention beyond 3 months

Subsection 198AHA(2) of the Migration Act 1958, as amended by this Act, applies in relation to an action, payment or anything else that is done by the Commonwealth on or after the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

10th Oct 2012, 11:30 AM – Senate Motions - Manus Island - 12 month limit on detention

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The majority voted against an amendment introduced by Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young. It would have amended a motion introduced previously by Labor Senator Kate Lundy with the following:(Read more about the motion and the proposed amendment in the debate here. See the division on whether to agree to the motion here.)

At the end of the motion, add the following words:

"And calls on the Government to put in place a 12 month time limit on detention of an individual in Papua New Guinea."

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No Yes (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

12th Sep 2012, 11:45 AM – Senate Motions - Republic of Nauru - 12 month limit on detention

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The majority voted against an amendment introduced by Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young. This would have amended a previous motion(See the division on that motion here.) with the following:

At the end of the motion, add “with the inclusion of a 12 month time limit on detention of an individual in Nauru, and calls on the Government to immediately establish an independent Health Care Panel to monitor and evaluate the medical, psychological and psychiatric welfare of refugees sent offshore”.

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No Yes (strong) 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 3 0 150
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: 0 150

*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 / 150 = 0.0%.

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