How Kerry O'Brien voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should maintain or increase its investment in and support for the Australian coal industry

Division Kerry O'Brien Supporters vote Division outcome

10th Sep 2009, 9:41 AM – Senate Motions - Coal Exploration and Mining in the Galilee Basin - Concerns

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Tasmanian Greens Senator Bob Brown, which means the motion was unsuccessful.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) supports the protection of farming and conservation areas from coal exploration and mining and its effects in the Galilee Basin in Queensland;

(b) declares that it does not support the massive increase in coal exports flowing from the Galilee Basin through Abbot Point and Hay Point because of the climate change ramifications of burning more coal; and

(c) expresses concern about the potential impact of the industrialisation of Abbot Point on the Caley Valley wetlands and the endangered and vulnerable bird species that depend on that area.

No No Not passed by a large majority

8th Feb 2007, 10:57 AM – Senate Motions - Climate Change - Reduce coal exports

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Kerry Nettle, which means it was unsuccessful.

Motion text

That the Senate:

(a) notes the statements by Clean-Up Australia Day founder, Mr Ian Kiernan, regarding the ‘absolutely frightening’ contribution of Australia’s coal exports to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change; and

(b) calls on the Government to work with state governments to reduce coal exports and provide a just transition for workers in the coal industry.

absent No Not passed by a large majority

How "voted 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 1 10 10
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 1 1 2
Total: 11 12

*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 = 11 / 12 = 92%.

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