How Stephen Parry voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should put a large proportion of a person's welfare payment onto a debit card that cannot be used for alcohol or gambling and cannot be used to make cash withdrawals

Division Stephen Parry Supporters vote Division outcome

19th Jun 2017, 3:59 PM – Senate Motions - Cashless Welfare Card Trial Sites - Do not expand

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Rachel Siewert (WA), which means it was unsuccessful. The motion called for the Government to abandon planned cashless welfare card trials and stop further expansion of the card at current sites.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) two extra trial sites of the cashless welfare card were funded in the 2017-18 Budget,

(ii) the locations being considered to date for these additional trial sites are Port Hedland, East Pilbara, Kalgoorlie, Laverton, Leonora, Broome, Redlands, Bundaberg, Fraser Coast and somewhere in Tasmania, and

(iii) the Government has claimed to be consulting with the community in these areas but has not consulted with those who will be directly affected by the card;

(b) acknowledges that evaluations of the NT Intervention, including compulsory income management, show it met none of its objectives; and

(c) calls on the Government to abandon the additional two trial sites and halt further expansion of the current cashless welfare card sites.

absent No (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

14th Sep 2016, 6:49 PM – Senate Regulations and Determinations - Social Security (Administration) (Trial Area — East Kimberley) Determination 2016 - Disallow

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The majority voted against a motion to disallow the Social Security (Administration) (Trial Area—East Kimberley) Determination 2016, which means it was unsuccessful and the Determination will remain law. The motion was introduced by Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

What does this mean?

Senator Siewert proposed to stop the Determination from having legal force, so that it was no longer law.

The explanatory statement explains that the Determination introduced a debit card trial that:

will test the concept of cashless welfare arrangements by disbursing particular welfare payments to a welfare restricted bank account, accessed by a debit card which does not allow cash withdrawals.

Motion text

That the Senate disallow the Social Security (Administration) (Trial Area—East Kimberley) Determination 2016.

absent No Not passed by a modest majority

23rd Feb 2016, 6:36 PM – Senate Regulations and Determinations — Social Security (Administration) (Trial Area – Ceduna and Surrounding Region) Determination 2015; Disallowance

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The majority of the Senate voted not to overturn the regulations made for the Act which created the welfare debit card trial. This means that the welfare debit card trial will continue as planned.

In parliamentary jargon, the majority voted against a disallowance of the Social Security (Administration) (Trial Area – Ceduna and Surrounding Region) Determination 2015. A disallowance is where either house of Parliament can veto delegated legislation (which is legislation created by the executive, not by Parliament).

absent No Not passed by a modest majority

14th Oct 2015, 6:02 PM – Senate Bills — Social Security Legislation Amendment (Debit Card Trial) Bill 2015; Third Reading

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The majority voted in favour of passing the bill in the Senate. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read it for a third time.

What does this bill do?

People receiving working-age welfare payments in certain areas would have 80% of their payments placed onto a debit card and 20% of their payments paid in cash. The debit card would not allow cash withdrawal or spending on gambling or alcohol.

For more details, see this article from the ABC.

absent Yes Passed by a modest majority

14th Oct 2015, 10:08 AM – Senate Bills — Social Security Legislation Amendment (Debit Card Trial) Bill 2015; Second Reading

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The majority voted to read the bill a second time in the Senate.

This means that the majority of members accepted the main idea of the bill, so it will be considered further.

What does this bill do?

People receiving working-age welfare payments in certain areas would have 80% of their payments placed onto a debit card and 20% of their payments paid in cash. The debit card would not allow cash withdrawal or spending on gambling or alcohol.

For more details, see this article from the ABC.

absent Yes Passed by a modest majority

How "never voted" is worked out

Normally a person's votes count towards a score which is used to work out a simple phrase to summarise their position on a policy. However in this case Stephen Parry was absent during all divisions for this policy. So, it's impossible to say anything concrete other than that they have "never voted" on this policy.