How Sarah Hanson-Young voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should amend its laws and policies to meet the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement

Division Sarah Hanson-Young Supporters vote Division outcome

16th Oct 2019, 4:35 PM – Senate Motions - Climate Change - Address and adapt

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The majority voted against an amended motion, which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(ii) investing in renewable energy is essential to ensure real action on climate change, and

(iii) strong climate action is needed, to protect the prosperity of future generations of Australians and to meet our international obligations under the Paris climate change accords;

(b) acknowledges that any responsible government must modernise our economy and adapt to inevitable climate impacts;

(c) understands that every Australian deserves a government that looks to the future and makes the necessary policy reforms and investments to secure that future;

(d) notes that projects, such as the proposed hydrogen production facility at Bell Bay, should have bipartisan support;

(e) further notes that Tasmania is a renewable energy leader but that Australia cannot get left behind by other countries, such as Japan and South Korea;

(f) understands that Tasmania Hydrogen can provide one-quarter of Northern Tasmania's export growth over the next 10 years;

(g) recognises that, once complete, the proposed facility would use renewable energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen through a process called electrolysis, with the product then able to be sold as liquid hydrogen, or combined with nitrogen to create ammonia; and

(h) notes that the regional development ramifications for a project like this should be recognised, including an estimated 500 to 1000 jobs which could be created, and that the flow-on effect to other businesses and service providers would be ongoing.

Yes Yes Not passed by a small majority

16th Oct 2019, 4:12 PM – Senate Motions - Climate Change - Address

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The same number of senators voted for and against a motion introduced by Tasmanian Senator Anne Urquhart (Labor), which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) climate change is a significant threat to our economy, natural environment, farming communities and national security,

(ii) Australia's annual emissions have been rising in recent years,

(iii) as a global problem, the solution to climate change requires concerted international cooperation to limit the production of greenhouse gasses,

(iv) as the only global agreement designed to address climate change, the Paris accords must play a central role in addressing climate change,

(v) the Paris accords require signatory countries to deliver actions consistent with keeping the global temperature rise this century to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1 degrees celsius,

(vi) based on the latest scientific advice, the world is currently on track for warming of above 3 degrees, and efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions need to be strengthened to avoid catastrophic climate change impacts, and

(vii) as a result of the threat posed by climate change, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Portugal, Argentina and the Republic of Ireland have declared a climate emergency; and

(b) affirms that:

(i) Australia remains committed to delivering on its obligations under the Paris accords,

(ii) failing to meet the goals of the Paris accords would have unprecedented and devastating environmental, economic, societal and health impacts for Australia, and

(iii) the threat posed by climate change on the future prosperity and security of Australia and the globe constitutes a climate change emergency.

Yes Yes Not passed

4th Dec 2018, 5:12 PM – Senate Documents - Climate Change - Withdraw from Paris Climate Accord

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Senator Cory Bernardi (SA, Australian Conservatives) moved a motion:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the commencement of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, that is critical to financing the Green Climate Fund (the Fund) that aims to spend USD $100 billion per year by 2020;

(b) commends the Morrison Government for rejecting the latest request for additional Australian taxpayer contribution to the Fund; and

(c) calls upon the Federal Government to follow the example of the United States of America and other nations and withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.

No No Not passed by a large majority

14th Aug 2018, 3:59 PM – Senate Motions - Paris Agreement - Withdraw

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The majority voted against a motion to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate:

(a) notes that the United States of America has withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement; and

(b) calls upon the Australian Government to also withdraw from the Agreement, and cease taking any steps towards enacting at law or by policy any steps towards the Agreement's targets.

No No Not passed by a large 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 4 40 40
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 40 40

*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 = 40 / 40 = 100%.

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