How Peter Whish-Wilson voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should privatise government owned assets

Division Peter Whish-Wilson Supporters vote Division outcome

14th Feb 2018, 4:06 PM – Senate Motions - Energy - Return to public ownership

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The majority voted against this motion, which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) electricity prices have gone up 12.4 per cent from December 2016 to December 2017 and are too high,

(ii) the companies that own our electricity networks, including those registered in the Cayman Islands, have made $27.5 billion profit over the last 4 years, which is pushing up prices, and

(iii) the deregulation of electricity prices has seen them skyrocket, so that in Victoria up to 30 per cent of a household's bill is for retailers profits alone, according to the Grattan Institute;

(b) agrees with Victorian Premier Mr Daniel Andrews that electricity should never have been privatised; and

(c) calls on the Government to start bringing the electricity network back into public hands and to take all steps to reregulate electricity prices.

Yes No Not passed by a modest majority

28th Aug 2014, 10:02 AM – Senate Land Transport Infrastructure Amendment Bill 2014 - Second Reading - Read a second time

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The majority voted in favour of a motion that the bill be read a second time.(Read more about the stages that a bill must pass through to become law here. ) This means that the majority agree with the main idea of the bill and that the Senate can now consider the bill in more detail.

Background to the bill

In the 2013 election campaign, the Coalition said that it would be an infrastructure-focused government and committed to finding ways to encourage the private sector to become more involved in infrastructure financing. This bill reflects that commitment by amending the Nation Building Program (National Land Transport) Act 2009 ('the Act') to allow partnerships and non-corporate Commonwealth entities, such as public private partnerships, to be funded. The bill also renames the Act to the National Land Transport Act 2014 and continues the Roads to Recovery Programme after 30 June 2014, when it is currently scheduled to end.(Read more about the bill in the bills digest.)

Yes Yes Passed by a large majority

How "voted a mixture of for and 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 0 0 0
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 1 10 10
MP voted against policy 1 0 10
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 10 20

*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 = 10 / 20 = 50%.

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