How Bob Brown voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should allow live animal export and place minimal restrictions on it

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13th Mar 2012 – Senate Motions - Live Animal Exports - Against live animal export

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon, which means it was rejected. The motion was:

That the Senate-

(a)   notes:

(i)   footage of animal cruelty at the Temur Petir and Cakung abattoirs in Jakarta that was aired on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation television program _Lateline on 28 February 2012 shows serious and systematic breaches of the Government's new Export Supply Chain Assurance System,_(See that Lateline program here.)

(ii)   the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals [RSPCA] Chief Scientist has identified 61 observed incidents of non-compliance with the Government's own supply chain assurance elements at the Temur Petir and Cakung abattoirs,

(iii)   the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig) has refused to publicly reveal whether Australian cattle are being exported to the Temur Petir and Cakung abattoirs,

(iv)   that making this information public would not compromise any departmental investigation, and without it the public can have no confidence that the Government's new system to protect animal welfare is being monitored and enforced,

(v)   a Perth-based cattle exporter, International Livestock Exports, announced on 29 February that it had suspended shipments to one of the Indonesian abattoirs in question, placing the industry response ahead of the Government's response to the situation, and

(vi)   that animal rights activists such as Animals Australia and the Indonesian activists who filmed the Jakarta abattoirs are to be congratulated for exposing the continuing cruelty in the live export industry and the failure of Australia's new regulatory regime; and

(b)   calls on the Government to:

(i)   confirm whether Australian cattle are being exported to the Temur Petir and Cakung abattoirs,

(ii)   publicly disclose the names of any companies involved in exporting live cattle to the Temur Petir and Cakung abattoirs in Jakarta,

(iii)   immediately suspend the export licences of those companies involved in exporting live cattle to the Temur Petir and Cakung abattoirs in Jakarta until an investigation has been conducted,

(iv)   urgently put more resources into monitoring and enforcement of the supply chain assurance system to ensure that animal welfare is prioritised in the Government's new regulatory regime, and

(v)   move to introduce a ban on live animal exports.

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Yes No (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

7th Jul 2011 – Senate Motions - Live Animal Exports - End live animal export

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Rachel Siewert, which means it was rejected. The motion was:

That the Senate-

(a)   notes that:

(i)    OIE [World Organisation for Animal Health] guidelines do not require stunning before slaughter of cattle,

(ii)   without stunning, cattle can exhibit indicators of possible consciousness for up to 2 minutes after the throat is cut, leading to a slow and painful death, and

(iii)   statements by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig) on 21 June 2011, that Australia does not have the power to require Indonesia to stun cattle before slaughter; and(See Senator Ludwig's statement here.)

(b)   calls on the Government immediately to end the live export trade of all animals given that the welfare standards which are acceptable to the Australian public and farmers cannot be guaranteed in overseas markets.

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Yes No (strong) Not passed by a large majority

15th Jun 2011 – Senate Motions — Live Animal Exports — Move to re—establish live export with Indonesia

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Liberal Senator Stephen Parry, which means it was unsuccessful. The motion was:

That the Senate:

(a) deplores the inhumane treatment of cattle at some abattoirs in Indonesia;(Read more about about the conditions in Indonesian abattoirs on ABC here. )

(b) notes that this is unacceptable to all Australians, especially our farmers, who take great pride in breeding and raising healthy and well cared for animals;

(c) supports the suspension of trade of Australian live cattle to facilities that fail to comply with acceptable practices;(Learn more about the ban on live animal exports to Indonesia on Lateline.)

(d) notes, with concern, the impact of a total live exports suspension to Indonesia on:

(i) the economic, social and environmental fabric of northern Australia,

(ii) Indigenous employment in northern Australia,

(iii) Indonesian abattoirs already operating at acceptable standards, and

(iv) the entire cattle industry, including producers in the south who are already seeing reduced sale yard prices; and

(e) calls on the Gillard Government to:

(i) immediately establish a register of Indonesian abattoirs, to be known as the Approved Indonesian Abattoir Register, that have adopted and implemented acceptable animal welfare standards,

(ii) require that Australian sourced cattle be processed only at abattoirs that are listed on the register,

(iii) revoke the legislative instrument [Export Control (Export of Live-stock to the Republic of Indonesia) Order 2011 Export Control (Export of Live-stock to the Republic of Indonesia) Order 2011] on one or more Indonesian abattoirs being included on the register,

(iv) provide support to Indonesia to bring more abattoirs up to acceptable standards, and

(v) provide assistance to the cattle industry to deal with the consequences of this suspension.

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No Yes Not passed by a small majority

How "voted very 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 2 0 100
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* 0 0 0
Total: 0 110

*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 = 0 / 110 = 0.0%.

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