How Linda Kirk voted compared to someone who believes that there should be more independent access to detention centres and more information provided about the management of asylum seekers under Australian government policy, including the interception of boats at sea

Division Linda Kirk Supporters vote Division outcome

10th May 2007, 10:17 AM – Senate Motions - Iraq - Information requested

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The majority voted against a motion for information in regards to the civilians displaced by the war in Iraq, which means the motion failed.

Motion text

That the Senate calls on the Government to inform the Senate by 13 June 2007 on the following matters:

(a) the number of civilians displaced by the war in Iraq, both internally and externally;

(b) the circumstances of these Iraqi refugees;

(c) what aid or assistance is going to the refugees and what component of that aid comes from the Australian Government;

(d) how many such refugees have been accommodated in Australia and what plans there are to give refuge to more; and

(e) what calls from the United Nations, the Red Cross or any other international agencies have been made to nations, including Australia, to meet the refugees’ needs.

No Yes Not passed by a large majority

2nd Mar 2006, 11:37 AM – Senate Committees - Legal and Constitutional References Committee - Refer

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The majority voted against a motion to refer certain matters to the Legal and Constitutional References Committee for inquiry and report, which means the motion failed.

Motion text

I move:

That the following matters be referred to the Legal and Constitutional References Committee for inquiry and report:

(a) all actions carried out by the Government for assisting refugee and special humanitarian visa holders in their country of departure and managing the transition of refugees and humanitarian entrants from their country of departure to their settlement in Australia;

(b) the processes used by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs to handle the migration of the family of Mr Richard Niyonsaba to Australia and the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr Niyonsaba after his arrival in Australia; and

(c) recommendations for improvement in the processes for assisting refugees and humanitarian entrants in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of all future new arrivals to Australia.

absent Yes Not passed by a small majority

How "voted 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 1 0 10
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 1 1 2
Total: 1 12

*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 = 1 / 12 = 8.3%.

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