How James Paterson voted compared to someone who believes that Members of Parliament (MPs) and Senators should vote to speed things along by supporting motions to 'put the question' (known as 'closure' or 'gag' motions), which require Parliament to immediately vote on a question rather than debating it any further

Division James Paterson Supporters vote Division outcome

10th Feb 2020, 4:04 PM – Senate Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Amendment (Improving Safety) Bill 2019 - Second Reading - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to speed things along by voting on the question now rather than later. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to put the question.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

5th Dec 2019, 3:12 PM – Senate Business - Consideration of Legislation - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by WA Senator Mathias Cormann (Liberal) to speed things along by voting on the question immediately. In parliamentary jargon, they voted "to put the question".

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a modest majority

4th Dec 2019, 10:10 AM – Senate Business - Consideration of Legislation - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to speed things along by voting on the question being debated straight away. In parliamentary jargon, they voted "to put the question".

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

28th Nov 2019, 10:10 AM – Senate Business - Rearrangement - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to stop debating the issue and vote on it immediately. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to put the question.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

6th Dec 2018, 7:19 PM – Senate Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 - Third Reading - Speeding things along

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The majority voted in favour of an amendment introduced by Liberal Senator Mathias Cormann to a previous motion to suspend introduced by Greens Senator Richard Di Natale, which means it succeeded.

Original motion to suspend

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent him moving that amendment.

Amendment

Omit, "as would prevent him moving that amendment", substitute "as would prevent Senator Cormann moving—That the remaining stages of this bill be agreed to and this bill be now passed"

absent Yes Passed by a modest majority

12th Nov 2018, 12:13 PM – Senate A Fair Go for Australians in Trade Bill 2018 [No. 2] - Second Reading - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to speed things along. In parliamentary jargon, they voted "That the question now be put."

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

17th Sep 2018, 5:00 PM – Senate Treasury Laws Amendment (Black Economy Taskforce Measures No. 1) Bill 2018 - in Committee - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to "put the question". This means that the debate will end and the matter at hand will be voted on immediately.

Motions like these are put forward when one or more parties are tired of discussion and want to speed things along.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

17th Sep 2018, 1:48 PM – Senate Treasury Laws Amendment (Black Economy Taskforce Measures No. 1) Bill 2018 - in Committee - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to "put the question". This means that the debate will end and the matter at hand will be voted on immediately.

Motions like these are put forward when one or more parties are tired of discussion and want to speed things along.

One Senator - One Nation Party Senator Brian Burston - crossed the floor to vote "No" against the rest of his party.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

10th Sep 2018, 11:31 AM – Senate Animal Export Legislation Amendment (Ending Long-Haul Live Sheep Exports) Bill 2018 - Third Reading - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to speed things along. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to "put the question".

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

10th Sep 2018, 11:23 AM – Senate Animal Export Legislation Amendment (Ending Long-Haul Live Sheep Exports) Bill 2018 - in Committee - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion "That the question that this bill stand as printed be now put." In other words, the majority voted to end debate in the committee stage and so speed things along.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

23rd Aug 2018, 10:00 AM – Senate Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card Trial Expansion) Bill 2018 - Second Reading - Put the question

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The majority voted against a motion to speed things along. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to "put the question".

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

27th Jun 2018, 10:23 AM – Senate National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2017 and another - First Reading - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the consideration and passage of these bills during this period of sittings.

In other words, they voted in favour of speeding up the consideration of these bills.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a modest majority

21st Jun 2018, 10:22 AM – Senate Motions - Hanson, Senator Pauline; Censure - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of the motion:

That the question be now put.

This means that the matter will no longer be discussed and a vote made immediately.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

19th Oct 2017, 12:45 PM – Senate Regulations and Determinations - Citizenship (Authorisation) Revocation and Authorisation Instrument 2017 and another; Disallowance - Speed things along

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The majority voted against a motion to speed things along. In parliamentary jargon, they voted against putting the question.

absent Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

19th Oct 2017, 11:42 AM – Senate Environment and Infrastructure Legislation Amendment (Stop Adani) Bill 2017 - Second Reading - Speed things along

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The majority voted against speeding things along. In parliamentary jargon, they voted against a motion to put the question. Because this motion was unsuccessful, debate continued.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a large majority

1st Dec 2016, 8:42 PM – Senate Superannuation (Departing Australia Superannuation Payments Tax) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2016 - Third Reading - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of speeding things along. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to "put the question".

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

1st Dec 2016, 8:38 PM – Senate Superannuation (Departing Australia Superannuation Payments Tax) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2016 - Second Reading - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of speeding things along. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to "put the question".

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

1st Dec 2016, 8:30 PM – Senate Income Tax Rates Amendment (Working Holiday Maker Reform) Bill 2016 (No. 2) - Third Reading - Speeding things along

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The majority voted in favour of speeding things along. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to "put the question".

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

17th Mar 2016, 12:01 PM – Senate Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2013 - Second Reading - Speed things along

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The majority voted against a motion to stop debate and vote on the question immediately. In parliamentary jargon, they voted against a motion that the question now be put.

Because the motion failed, debate will continue.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a modest 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 5 250 250
MP voted against policy 8 0 400
MP absent 2 50 100
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 1 1 2
Total: 301 752

*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 = 301 / 752 = 100%.

And then