How Gavin Marshall voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should expand Medicare-funded dental care

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20th Mar 2018, 3:59 PM – Senate Motions - World Oral Health Day - Medicare-funded dental care

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The majority voted in favour of this motion, which means it was successful. Motions like these don't make any legal changes by themselves, but they can be politically influential as they represent the will of the Senate.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that 20 March is World Oral Health Day, a day to promote good oral hygiene practices to adults and children around the world, and acknowledge the importance of good oral health in maintaining general health and well-being;

(b) acknowledges the publication today, Australia's Children and Young People Oral Health Tracker, placing Australia as the first country in the world to have established clear and measurable oral health targets;

(c) expresses concern that:

(i) close to a third of children (5 to 10 years old) have untreated tooth decay, and almost half of Australian children had not visited a dentist before their fifth birthday,

(ii) almost half of adults have not had a check-up in the last 12 months; 90 per cent of adults have suffered from tooth decay, and approximately 1 in 5 Australians have gum disease, and

(iii) three in four Australian children and nearly 50 per cent of adults are consuming too much sugar;

(d) recognises that cost is a major barrier to access to dental care across the community, and that the lower a person's income, the more likely they are to have chronic oral health problems;

(e) further notes that oral diseases can impact every aspect of life, from personal relationships and self-confidence to school, work, housing and even enjoying food, as well as having very serious health consequences, like leading to low birth weight and premature babies and increased risk of heart disease; and

(f) calls on the Government to invest in, and promote the availability of, Medicare-funded dental care to ensure every Australian has access to the oral health care they need.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

13th Feb 2018, 4:15 PM – Senate Motions - Dental Health - Expand Denticare access

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The majority voted in favour of this motion, which means it succeeded. Motions like these don't have any legal force but they are politically influential as they represent the will of the Senate.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes the success of the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) which has provided Medicare-funded dental care to children aged between 2 and 17, since the Greens negotiated it when in balance of power government with the Gillard Labor Government;

(b) recognises that cost is a major barrier to access to dental care across the community, and that the lower a person's income, the more likely they are to have chronic oral health problems;

(c) notes that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, those living in rural and regional Australia, and low income earners have more than twice the rate of untreated dental decay as high income earners;

(d) acknowledges that untreated dental disease can have very serious health consequences, such as leading to low birth weight and premature babies, increased risk of heart disease and potentially life-threatening infections – poor dental health can also lead to social isolation, poor diet and depression; and

(e) calls on the Government to expand Denticare access to other vulnerable groups, including aged pension recipients and full benefit income support recipients, and holders of the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card and all other concession cards.

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 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 2 20 20
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 20 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 = 20 / 20 = 100%.

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