How Jess Walsh voted compared to someone who believes that Members of Parliament (MPs) and Senators should vote to suspend standing and sessional orders (that is, the procedural rules of Parliament) so that their colleagues can introduce motions for Parliament to vote on even when the the procedural rules would prevent them from doing so

Division Jess Walsh Supporters vote Division outcome

3rd Sep 2020, 1:04 PM – Senate Documents - Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program; Order for the Production of Documents - Let vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual parliamentary rules - known as standing orders - to let a vote happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Siewert moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter, namely, a motion to give precedence to a motion relating to an order for the production of documents.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

3rd Sep 2020, 12:42 PM – Senate Motions - Defence Equipment: Collins Class Submarines - Let a vote happen

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Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a large majority

1st Sep 2020 – Senate Motions - Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians; Attempted Censure - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - to let a vote happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong) moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter, namely a motion to give precedence to a motion of censure of the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

18th Jun 2020, 10:35 AM – Senate Business - Senate Temporary Orders - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules, known as standing orders, to let a vote happen. The motion was introduced by Queensland Senator Larissa Waters.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a modest majority

18th Jun 2020, 10:20 AM – Senate Business - Senate Temporary Orders - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to suspend the usual procedural motions, which are known as standing orders, in order to let a vote take place.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent general business notice of motion No. 705 being moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a modest majority

18th Jun 2020, 10:06 AM – Senate Business - Senate Temporary Orders - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Queensland Senator Larissa Waters (Greens), which means it failed. The motion was to suspend the usual procedural rules of Parliament to let a vote happen, known as standing orders.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent me from moving a motion relating to the consideration of a matter, namely a motion to give precedence to a motion relating to general notice of motion No.705.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

16th Jun 2020, 4:38 PM – Senate Motions - Aboriginal Deaths in Custody - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against suspending the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - to let a vote happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the motion being moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a large majority

11th Jun 2020, 4:22 PM – Senate Motions - All Lives Matter - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Queensland Senator Pauline Hanson (One Nation) to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - in order to allow a vote to happen.

Senator Hanson wished to introduce and vote on a motion titled 'All lives matter' but, because this vote failed, is unable to do so.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the motion being moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a large majority

5th Dec 2019, 3:15 PM – Senate Business - Consideration of Legislation - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by WA Senator Mathias Cormann (Liberal) to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - to let a vote happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Cormann moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter, namely a motion to provide for a motion relating to consideration of legislation, may be moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a modest majority

4th Dec 2019, 10:56 AM – Senate Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019 - Second Reading - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - to let SA Senator Penny Wong (Labor) putting another question to vote. This means that debate would continue as normal.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Wong moving that the question be now put.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

4th Dec 2019, 10:06 AM – Senate Business - Consideration of Legislation - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - to allow a vote happen.

Motion text

That so much of standing orders be suspended as would prevent me moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter; namely, a motion to provide that a motion relating to the consideration of the Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019 may be moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

2nd Dec 2019, 11:12 AM – Senate Motions - Climate Change - Suspend the usual rules

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The majority voted against a motion to suspend the usual parliamentary rules so that a vote can happen. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to suspend standing orders.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Wong moving a motion relating to the conduct of the business of the Senate, namely a motion to provide that general business notice of motion No. 314 be called on immediately and be considered until 12.20 pm.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

28th Nov 2019, 10:05 AM – Senate Business - Rearrangement - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - so that a vote can take place.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent him moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter, namely a motion to provide that a motion relating to the consideration of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2019 may be moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

26th Nov 2019, 3:42 PM – Senate Business - Rearrangement - Let a motion happen

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - which means the requested motion could be moved.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Cormann moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter, namely, a motion to provide that a motion relating to the consideration of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2019 may be moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

14th Nov 2019, 11:35 AM – Senate National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Streamlined Governance) Bill 2019 - in Committee - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - to speed things along. It was introduced by WA Senator Mathias Cormann (Liberal).

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent him moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter, namely a motion to provide for a limitation of debate on the bill.

No Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

25th Jul 2019, 10:47 AM – Senate Business - Consideration of Legislation - Counter-Terrorism (Temporary Exclusion Orders) Bill 2019 and another

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The same number of senators voted for and against the motion introduced by SA Senator Rex Patrick (Centre Alliance), which means it was unsuccessful.

The motion was to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - to let a vote happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent me moving a motion relating to the conduct of business, namely a motion relating to the consideration of the Counter-Terrorism (Temporary Exclusion Orders) Bill 2019 and a related bill.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed

22nd Jul 2019, 9:02 PM – Senate Business - Rearrangement - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion moved by SA Senator Penny Wong (Labor) to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - to let a vote happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent me moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter, namely a motion to give precedence to a motion for the adjournment of the Senate.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a small 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 9 450 450
MP voted against policy 7 0 350
MP absent 1 25 50
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: 475 850

*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 = 475 / 850 = 56%.

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