How Stephen Parry voted compared to someone who believes that terminally ill people should be able to access medicinal cannabis products

Division Stephen Parry Supporters vote Division outcome

13th Jun 2017, 1:10 PM – Senate Regulations and Determinations - Therapeutic Goods and Other Legislation Amendment (Narcotic Drugs) Regulation 2016 - Disallow

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to disallow the Therapeutic Goods and Other Legislation Amendment (Narcotic Drugs) Regulation 2016, which means that Regulation no longer has legal force. The motion was introduced by Greens Senator Richard Di Natale.

What was the motion about?

The motion to disallow the Regulation was introduced in order to restore the ability of terminally ill patients to access medicinal cannabis products. Read more about the regulation in its explanatory memorandum and the arguments for its disallowance in the debate.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

13th Jun 2017, 1:04 PM – Senate Regulations and Determinations - Therapeutic Goods and Other Legislation Amendment (Narcotic Drugs) Regulation 2016 - Vote on disallowance again

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The majority voted in favour of a motion that the vote on whether to disallow the Therapeutic Goods and Other Legislation Amendment (Narcotic Drugs) Regulation 2016 should be voted on again. This means that that vote can now take place again.

What was the vote?

Senator Di Natale explains what this disallowance would restore the ability of terminally ill patients to access medicinal cannabis products. Read more about the regulation in its explanatory memorandum and the arguments for its disallowance in the debate.

No Yes Passed by a small majority

11th May 2017 – Senate Regulations and Determinations - Therapeutic Goods and Other Legislation Amendment (Narcotic Drugs) Regulation 2016 - Disallow

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The same number of senators voted for and against a motion to disallow parts of the Therapeutic Goods and Other Legislation Amendment (Narcotic Drugs) Regulation 2016, which means the motion was unsuccessful. It was introduced by Greens Senator Richard Di Natale.

What was the motion about?

The motion was to disallow parts of the Therapeutic Goods and Other Legislation Amendment (Narcotic Drugs) Regulation 2016. If successful, it would have meant that those parts no longer had legal force.

Its purpose was to restore the ability of terminally ill patients to access medicinal cannabis products. Read more about the regulation in its explanatory memorandum and the arguments for its disallowance in the debate.

Motion text

That items 1 and 4 of Schedule 1 of the Therapeutic Goods and Other Legislation Amendment (Narcotic Drugs) Regulation 2016 and made under the Crimes Act 1914 and the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989, be disallowed.

absent Yes (strong) Not passed

How "voted moderately 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 1 0 50
MP absent 1 25 50
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: 25 110

*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 = 25 / 110 = 23%.

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