How Rex Patrick voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase legal protections for people who identify as LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) by, for example, getting rid of all current exemptions that permit discrimination against LGBTI people by religious insitutions (such as schools)

Division Rex Patrick Supporters vote Division outcome

3rd Dec 2018, 4:33 PM – Senate Motions - Gender and Sexual Orientation - Healthcare and gender diverse treatment

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Greens Senator Janet Rice (Vic), which means it succeeded.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) a new political lobbying organisation called Binary Australia was launched this week,

(ii) this organisation is a rebrand of Marriage Alliance (MA),

(iii) MA, during the marriage equality debate, circulated misleading and damaging material about transgender and gender diverse Australians,

(iv) the organisation has stated that they will target and campaign against critical and life-saving anti-bullying and LGBTIQ+ centered programs that work to protect LGBTIQ+ young people in schools, and

(v) since becoming Prime Minister, Mr Morrison has consistently attacked and devalued the rights of trans and gender diverse Australians, most recently in relation to Tasmania's proposed removal of gender from birth certificates;

(b) condemns the anti-transgender sentiment displayed by Prime Minister Morrison and organisations such as Binary Australia;

(c) commits to including transgender and gender diverse voices, particularly transgender and gender diverse people of colour and Indigenous people, in policy making;

(d) recognises the importance of anti-bullying and LGBTIQ+ centred programs for young people, including in schools, physical and mental health care services;

(e) supports the provision of essential health, social, cultural, and community services and programs for transgender and gender diverse people and their families, delivered with the meaningful input and involvement of these communities; and

(f) commits to:

(i) promoting standards for healthcare providers, that ensure transgender and gender diverse people receive appropriate treatment, and

(ii) ensuring that best-practice healthcare is widely available within the public health system without unreasonably long delays or waiting lists.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

16th Oct 2018, 4:15 PM – Senate Motions - Anti-Discrimination Laws - Protect students and staff at independent schools

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Justice Party Senator Derryn Hinch (Vic), which means the motion failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges:

(i) the recent partial release of the 'Ruddock Report' into religious freedoms in Australia, and

(ii) that, in response, both the government and the opposition have now committed to repealing sections of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984, which allow independent schools to sack teachers and expel children on the basis of their sexual orientation; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to:

(i) work with the states and territories to achieve consistency in anti-discrimination laws,

(ii) withhold federal funding to any schools which engage in discrimination against teachers or students on the basis of sexual orientation, and

(iii) deny charity tax concessions to any organisation or commission responsible for a school that engages in discrimination.

Yes Yes Not passed by a modest majority

16th Oct 2018, 3:50 PM – Senate Motions - Religious Freedom Review - Discrimination against LGBTI students and staff

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The majority voted in favour of motion introduced by Labor Senator Penny Wong, which means it succeeded.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Australia is a tolerant and accepting nation and discrimination against LGBTI Australians has no place in our national laws,

(ii) the Government has had the Review into Religious Freedoms since May 2018, and has so far refused to release it so Australia can have a proper debate about these important issues,

(iii) repeated leaks over the last week have suggested that the review will recommend changes to exemptions from anti-discrimination legislation in relation to LGBTI students and staff,

(iv) many religious education institutions have made clear that they do not use, nor do they want, these exemptions, and

(v) these exemptions are out of step with the views and beliefs of most Australians; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to:

(i) immediately introduce legislation which would abolish the current exemptions that permit discrimination against LGBTI students and staff in religious schools, and

(ii) immediately release the Review into Religious Freedoms so the Australian people can have a mature debate about how we can best balance protection of religious freedom with the rights of people to live free from discrimination, in compliance with the orders of the Senate of 19 September and 20 September 2018.

Yes Yes 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 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 3 30 30
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 30 30

*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 = 30 / 30 = 100%.

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