How Jess Walsh 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 Jess Walsh Supporters vote Division outcome

8th Oct 2020, 5:34 PM – Senate Higher Education Support Amendment (Job-Ready Graduates and Supporting Regional and Remote Students) Bill 2020 - Third Reading - Put the question

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The same number of senators voted for and against a motion "That the question be now put," which means the motion failed. Ordinarily, this would mean that the debate would continue. However, following this vote, it appeared that no one wished to speak, so the question was put immediately regardless.

absent Yes (strong) Not passed

18th Jun 2020, 1:05 PM – Senate Business - Rearrangement - Speed things along

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

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a modest majority

18th Jun 2020, 11:32 AM – Senate Treasury Laws Amendment (Your Superannuation, Your Choice) Bill 2019 - in Committee - Speed things along

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The majority voted against a motion to speed things along. In parliamentary jargon, they voted in favour of the motion:

That the question be now put.

absent Yes (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

18th Jun 2020, 10:31 AM – Senate Business - Senate Temporary Orders - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to speed things along. In parliamentary jargon, they voted in favour of a motion:

That the question be now put.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a modest majority

18th Jun 2020, 10:16 AM – Senate Business - Senate Temporary Orders - Speed things along

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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.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a modest majority

16th Jun 2020, 3:11 PM – Senate Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and Community Protection Measures) Bill 2019 - Consideration of House of Representatives Message - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion "That the question be now put." In other words, they voted to stop the current debate and instead vote on the matter immediately.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a large majority

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.

absent 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".

absent 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".

No 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.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

26th Nov 2019, 3:46 PM – Senate Business - Rearrangement - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to speed things along by ending debate on a question and voting on it immediately. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to "put the question".

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

14th Nov 2019, 11:31 AM – Senate National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Streamlined Governance) Bill 2019 - in Committee - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to "put the question". In other words, they voted to stop debate and vote on the question straight away. It was introduced by WA Senator Mathias Cormann (Liberal).

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

14th Nov 2019, 11:23 AM – Senate National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Streamlined Governance) Bill 2019 - in Committee - Put the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to "put the question". In other words, they voted to stop debate and vote on the question straight away. It was introduced by WA Senator Mathias Cormann (Liberal).

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

4th Jul 2019, 9:35 AM – Senate Business - Rearrangement - Speed things along

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to put the question. In other words, they voted to stop debating and vote on the question straight away.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a large majority

How "voted a mixture of for and 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 3 150 150
MP voted against policy 5 0 250
MP absent 6 150 300
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* 0 0 0
Total: 300 700

*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 = 300 / 700 = 43%.

And then