How David Fawcett voted compared to someone who believes that increase the tax imposed on passengers leaving Australia (which is collected by airlines and shipping companies when passengers purchase their ticket)

Division David Fawcett Supporters vote Division outcome

24th Nov 2016, 2:04 PM – Senate Passenger Movement Charge Amendment Bill 2016 - Third Reading - Pass the bill

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The majority agreed to pass the bill, which means the bill will now become law. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read the bill for a third time.

What does the bill do?

The bill was introduced to increase the rate of the passenger movement charge (PMC) from $55 to $60. The PMC:

is a tax imposed on a passenger departing from Australia and is collected by airlines and shipping companies at the time of the passenger’s purchase of their ticket.

Read more in the bills digest.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

24th Nov 2016, 1:46 PM – Senate Passenger Movement Charge Amendment Bill 2016 - Second Reading - Agree to the bill's main idea (re-vote)

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The majority agreed with the main idea of the bill, which means the Senate can now discuss it in more detail. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read the bill for a second time.

Didn't this vote already happen?

Yes! This vote took place yesterday but the Government asked for leave to take the bill again because One Nation Senators Pauline Hanson and Brian Burston were absent when the original vote happened. The opposition granted leave.

What does the bill do?

The bill was introduced to increase the rate of the passenger movement charge (PMC) from $55 to $60. The PMC:

is a tax imposed on a passenger departing from Australia and is collected by airlines and shipping companies at the time of the passenger’s purchase of their ticket.

Read more in the bills digest.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

23rd Nov 2016, 7:19 PM – Senate Passenger Movement Charge Amendment Bill 2016 - Second Reading - Agree with the bill's main idea

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The majority disagreed with the main idea of the bill, which means it was rejected and won't be considered anymore. In parliamentary jargon, they voted against reading the bill for a second time.

What does the bill do?

The bill would have increased the rate of the passenger movement charge (PMC) from $55 to $60. The PMC:

is a tax imposed on a passenger departing from Australia and is collected by airlines and shipping companies at the time of the passenger’s purchase of their ticket.

Read more in the bills digest.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

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 3 150 150
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 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 150 150

*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 = 150 / 150 = 100%.

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