How Derryn Hinch voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase the tax rate for working holiday visa holders so that they are taxed at a rate of 15% on every dollar earned up to $37,000

Division Derryn Hinch Supporters vote Division outcome

1st Dec 2016, 8:33 PM – Senate Income Tax Rates Amendment (Working Holiday Maker Reform) Bill 2016 (No. 2) - Third Reading - Pass the bill

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

Because the bill has already been passed in the House of Representatives, it will now become law.

What is this bill?

The Government has already tried to pass this bill once in November but was unsuccessful because the Senate wanted to make changes to the bill that the House of Representatives didn't agree with.

It is part of a series of bills to change the income tax arrangements for working holiday visa holders. If passed, they will mean that visa holders will be taxed from the first dollar earned, rather than having the usual tax free threshold.

The original version of this bill would have applied a tax rate of 19% for visa holders earning up to $37,000. This new version will apply a tax rate of 15%.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a modest majority

1st Dec 2016, 8:25 PM – Senate Income Tax Rates Amendment (Working Holiday Maker Reform) Bill 2016 (No. 2) - in Committee - Don't insist on amendments

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The majority voted in favour of not insisting on the amendments the Senate had previously voted for but the House of Representatives had voted against.

This means that the Senate can now decide on whether to pass the bill as it is (that is, without those amendments).

What is this bill?

The Government has already tried to pass this bill once in November but was unsuccessful because the Senate wanted to make changes to the bill that the House of Representatives didn't agree with.

It is part of a series of bills to change the income tax arrangements for working holiday visa holders. If passed, they will mean that visa holders will be taxed from the first dollar earned, rather than having the usual tax free threshold.

The original version of this bill would have applied a tax rate of 19% for visa holders earning up to $37,000. This new version will apply a tax rate of 15%.

Yes Yes Passed by a small 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 1 50 50
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* 0 0 0
Total: 60 60

*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 = 60 / 60 = 100%.

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