How Jacqui Lambie voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should restrict foreign ownership within Australia, particularly where foreign ownership would be against the national interest

Division Jacqui Lambie Supporters vote Division outcome

17th Jul 2014, 12:34 PM – Senate Qantas Sale Amendment Bill 2014 - Third Reading - Pass the bill

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The majority agreed to pass the bill (in parliamentary jargon, they wanted to give it a third reading).

What next for the bill?

Because several amendments were made in the Senate, the bill will now be sent back to the House of Representatives so that the Members of Parliament (MPs) there can decide whether they agree to the changes. If the MPs do agree, the bill will become law. You can keep track with the progress of the bill through both houses of Parliament on the bill's homepage.

What does the bill do?

The main idea of the bill is to remove the foreign ownership and other restrictions that apply to Qantas but do not apply to other airlines based in Australia (read more on ABC News and on ABC's AM).

Background to the bill

The Government introduced this bill after refusing to give Qantas a debt guarantee (see ABC News), which Qantas had wanted because it looked like credit agencies may downgrade to Qantas’ credit rating (see the bills digest).

The current restrictions on Qantas include:

  • limits on the issue of Qantas shares and their ownership
  • the makeup of the board of directors
  • use of the name Qantas and the location of the head office
  • the place of incorporation and the principle place of business.
No No (strong) Passed by a modest majority

17th Jul 2014, 11:38 AM – Senate Qantas Sale Amendment Bill 2014 - Second Reading - Agree the main idea of the bill

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The majority supported the main idea of the bill (in parliamentary jargon, they wanted to give it a second reading). This means the senators can now discuss the bill in more detail.

The main idea of the bill is to remove the foreign ownership and other restrictions that apply to Qantas but do not apply to other airlines based in Australia (read more on ABC News and on ABC's AM).

Background to the bill

The Government introduced this bill after refusing to give Qantas a debt guarantee (see ABC News), which Qantas had wanted because it looked like credit agencies may downgrade to Qantas’ credit rating (see the bills digest).

The current restrictions on Qantas include:

  • limits on the issue of Qantas shares and their ownership
  • the makeup of the board of directors
  • use of the name Qantas and the location of the head office
  • the place of incorporation and the principle place of business.
No No (strong) Passed by a modest 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 3 150 150
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 2 20 20
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 170 170

*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 = 170 / 170 = 100%.

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