How Nick Xenophon voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should support the Adani Group's plans to build the Carmichael mine in Queensland's Galilee Basin

Division Nick Xenophon Supporters vote Division outcome

16th Aug 2017, 12:16 PM – Senate Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Amendment Bill 2017 - Second Reading - Stop Adani mine

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The majority voted against adding certain words to the motion that the agree with the main idea of the bill (known as a second reading motion), which means the following words will not be added:

At the end of the motion, add:

", but the Senate notes that global warming is the greatest threat to the Great Barrier Reef and calls on the government to immediately take all available steps to stop the Adani Carmichael coal mine."

absent No (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

19th Jun 2017, 3:53 PM – Senate Motions - Mining - Adani's Carmichael mine

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The majority voted against a motion that, among other things, called for a review of Adani's approvals for the Carmichael mine under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. It also wanted to strengthen the environmental history test under that Act, which lets the Minister consider the proponent's environmental history when deciding to grant approval (in this case, the proponent would be Adani, which has had a chequered environmental history).

Motion text

That the Senate call on the Federal Government to:

(a) Add a 'suitable person' test on Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility;

(b) strengthen the environmental history test under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999; and

(c) review Adani’s approvals for the Carmichael mine under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Yes No (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

14th Jun 2017 – Senate Motions - Adani Carmichael Coalmine - Support

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald (Liberal), which means it succeeded.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) congratulates the Federal Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, and the Queensland State Premier, for their leadership in bringing the Adani Carmichael coal mine in Queensland's Galilee Basin another step closer to being a reality;

(b) recognises the much-needed boost to employment in North Queensland generally, and in the resources sector specifically, that the Adani Carmichael mine will deliver;

(c) welcomes the positioning of Adani's Regional Headquarters in Townsville; and

(d) notes that road, rail and port infrastructure upgrades directly resulting from Adani's investment in the Galilee Basin will provide benefit to businesses and communities across Northern Australia.

absent Yes Passed by a modest majority

How "voted moderately 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 1 0 50
MP absent 3 75 150
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 1 10 10
MP voted against policy 1 0 10
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 2 2 4
Total: 87 224

*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 = 87 / 224 = 39%.

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