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18th Jun 2020, 12:18 PM – Senate Documents - Rural and Regional Australia - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by South Australian Senator Rex Patrick (Centre Alliance), which means it passed.

Motion text

That—

(1) The Senate notes that:

(a) the House of Representatives Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation released the 'Regions at the Ready: Investing in Australia's Future' report on 28 June 2018;

(b) recommendation twelve of that report called on the government to develop a clear regional development policy through a comprehensive Regional Australia White Paper, following a Green Paper public consultation process;

(c) the Government established an expert panel to "undertake a targeted assessment of the key issues raised in the Report, including the development of a White Paper" which was to report to Government by 31 March 2019; and

(d) the report of the expert panel has not been made available to the Parliament or to the public.

(2) There be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, by no later than 18 June 2020, a copy of the expert panel report on the 'Regions at the Ready: Investing in Australia's Future' report.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

17th Jun 2020, 4:22 PM – Senate Committees - Covid-19 Select Committee - Provide information

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by ACT Senator Katy Gallagher (Labor), which means it passed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) on 8 April 2020 the Senate unanimously supported the establishment of the Senate Select Committee on COVID-19 to inquire into the Government's response to the pandemic,

(ii) the Leader of the Government in the Senate told the chamber on 8 April 2020 that "we do believe there is a need for scrutiny" and that "it is very important to have in place a committee of the type that is being proposed",

(iii) the Government has refused to provide the Senate Select Committee on COVID-19 with important information relevant to its inquiry including:

(A) modelling and scenario work undertaken by Treasury on the Government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and

(B) the date the Chief Medical Officer first briefed Cabinet on COVID-19, and

(iv) in relation to each of the examples in paragraph (a) (iii):

(A) the Government has asserted that it cannot provide the relevant information because it pertains to Cabinet,

(B) the Government has failed to make a public interest immunity claim in relation to the information sought,

(C) in particular, no attempt has been made to identify any specific harm to the public that would result from disclosing the information, and

(D) the Committee has reiterated its requests for information and, in the case of the Treasury modelling, did not accept the Department's answer;

(b) reaffirms:

(i) the resolution of the Senate of 16 July 1975 relating to the powers of the Senate and the accountability of witnesses and requiring that any claim to withhold information from the Senate be based on an established ground,

(ii) the order of the Senate of 13 May 2009 (the 'Cormann order'), which sets out the process to be followed for witnesses, including ministers, to raise public interest immunity claims, including by stating the grounds of those claims and the harm that might be occasioned by providing the information, and

(iii) the principle that information may only be withheld following consideration by the Senate of a properly founded claim of public interest immunity, as laid out in the Cormann order and reaffirmed in orders of the Senate of 22 September 2020, 10 February 2011, 3 March 2016, 11 October 2016, and 12 September 2017; and

(c) orders the Minister representing the Treasurer and the Minister representing the Minister for Health to provide the information identified in paragraph (a) (iii) to the Senate Select Committee by 12 pm Thursday 18 June.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

16th Jun 2020, 4:23 PM – Senate Documents - Administrative Appeals Tribunal - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Tasmanian Senator Anne Urquhart (Labor), which means it passed.

Motion text

That—

(1) There be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Attorney-General, by no later than 9 am on 30 July 2020, a copy of each decision by the Social Services & Child Support Division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) dated between 1 July 2015 and 27 November 2019 (with any redactions that are necessary to protect personal privacy) in which a Member of the AAT determined that: for the purpose of sections 1222A(a) and 1223(1) of the Social Security Act 1991, no debt or debt component is able to be founded on the basis of extrapolations from Australian Taxation Office records (however expressed).

(2) If the Senate is not sitting when the documents are ready for presentation, the documents are to be presented to the President under Standing Order 166.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

11th Jun 2020, 4:46 PM – Senate Motions - Pensions and Benefits - Provide information about Robodebt

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Northern Territory Senator Malarndirri McCarthy (Labor), which means it passed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that the Morrison Government:

(i) has announced it will refund at least $721 million that it unjustly enriched itself with by raising unlawful debts against Australians,

(ii) for years denied Robodebt was illegal, but on Friday 29 May 2020 conceded that "There wasn't a lawful basis" for the scheme, and

(iii) only admitted Robodebt was unlawful and suspended the scheme after a class action was launched on behalf of 600,000 victims; and

(b) calls on the Minister representing the Minister for Government Services to produce all answers to questions asked by the Senate Community Affairs Legislation and References Committees relating to Robodebt over which there have been public interest immunity claims made.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

11th Jun 2020, 3:49 PM – Senate Motions - Sheean, Ordinary Seaman Edward (Teddy) - Provide advice to the Senate

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Tasmanian Senator Anne Urquhart (Labor), also on behalf of Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie (Jacqui Lambie Network), which means it succeeded.

Motion text

That—

(1) The Senate notes that:

(a) on 23 July 2019 the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal decided to recommend to the Minister for Defence Personnel that:

(i) the decision by the Chief of Navy to refuse to recommend the award of the Victoria Cross for Australia to Ordinary Seaman Edward Sheean in respect of his actions in HMAS Armidale during a Japanese aerial attack in the Timor Sea on 1 December 1942 be set aside, and

(ii) the Minister recommend to the Sovereign that Ordinary Seaman Edward Sheean be posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia for the most conspicuous gallantry and a pre-eminent act of valour in the presence of the enemy in HMAS Armidale during a Japanese aerial attack in the Timor Sea on 1 December 1942;

(b) the Prime Minister explained in part his rejection of the recommendations to ABC Tasmania on 26 May 2020 by saying "I have taken advice from Australia's military chiefs past and present in making this decision".

(2) There be laid on the table, by no later than noon on Wednesday 17 June 2020, by the Minister representing the Prime Minister, all copies of documents and correspondence, whether written letters or via email, referred to in the advice outlined in (1) (b) above, held by the Prime Minister or his department relating to the decision of the Prime Minister to reject the recommendation of the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal decision in Barnett and the Department of Defence re: Sheean [2019] DHAAT 09 (23 July 2019).

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

26th Feb 2020, 4:25 PM – Senate Documents - Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines - Order for the Production of Documents

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The same number of senators voted for and against a motion introduced by Queensland Senator Larissa Waters (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

(1) That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Finance, by no later than 2 pm on 23 March 2020, all reports and correspondence received by the Minister for Finance from other Ministers under paragraph 4 of the Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines 2017 or 4 of the previous Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines between 1 August 2016 and 31 April 2019.

(2) In the event the Minister fails to table the reports and correspondence, the Senate requires the Minister representing the Prime Minister to attend the Senate on 25 March 2020, by no later than 10:15 am, to provide an explanation, of no more than 10 minutes, of the Government's failure to table the documents.

(3) Any Senator may move to take note of the explanation required by paragraph (2).

(4) Any motion under paragraph (3) may be debated for no longer than 60 minutes, shall have precedence over all government business until determined, and senators may speak to the motion for not more than 10 minutes each.

Yes Yes Not passed

26th Feb 2020, 3:52 PM – Senate Documents - Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Queensland Senator Larissa Waters (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

(1) That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Finance, by no later than 30 April of each calendar year:

(a) all reports and correspondence received by the Minister for Finance under paragraph 4 .12 of the Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines 2017 during the preceding calendar year; and

(b) a summary of the decisions reported under paragraph 4.12 of the Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines 2017, including the Central Budget Management System program title, sub-program, grant activity, grantee, total grant value, grant funding location, postcode, and a brief statement of reason for the decision.

(2) If the Senate is not sitting when the documents are ready for presentation, the documents are to be presented to the President under standing order 166.

(3) This order is of continuing effect.

No Yes Not passed by a large majority

26th Feb 2020, 11:40 AM – Senate Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Simplifying Income Reporting and Other Measures) Bill 2020 - Second Reading - Robodebt

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The majority voted against an amendment to the usual second reading motion, which is that the bill be read for a second time (parliamentary jargon for agreeing with the main idea of the bill). It was introduced at the request of WA Senator Rachel Siewert (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

At the end of the motion, add:

", but the Senate calls on the Government to:

(a) come clean on the robodebt disaster;

(b) provide all legal advice relating to the robodebt program to the Senate; and

(c) use the savings generated from this bill to compensate robodebt victims".

Yes Yes Not passed by a small majority

25th Feb 2020, 5:00 PM – Senate Documents - South Coast Track Huts Walk - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Tasmanian Senator Nick McKim (Greens), which means the documents will need to be provided to the Senate.

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development no later than midday on 27 February 2020, the grant agreement between the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development and South Coast Track Huts Walk Pty Ltd.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

25th Feb 2020, 4:51 PM – Senate Documents - Environment Restoration Fund and Communities Environment Program - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by SA Senator Sarah Hanson-Young (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, by not later than 9am on 27 February 2020,the following documents in relation to the Environment Restoration Fund, as announced in the 2019-20 Budget, and the Communities Environment Program, announced in March 2019 prior to the 2019-20 Budget:

(a) all communications between the Commonwealth policy entity responsible and the Minister for the Environment (the Minister) or the Minister's office in relation to the programs;

(b) all communications between the Minister and other parliamentarians in relation to the programs;

(c) all Ministerial briefs prepared for the Minister in relation to the programs;

(d) all administrative guidelines, including grant funding guidelines, in relation to the programs;

(e) any advice on the content of guidelines or program arrangements, or drafts of the same, prepared for the Minister in relation to the programs; and

(f) all documents prepared for the Minister relating to the eligibility and eligibility assessments for the programs.

No Yes Not passed by a modest majority

25th Feb 2020, 4:47 PM – Senate Documents - Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Victorian Senator Janet Rice (Greens), which means it passed and the information will need to be provided to the Senate.

Motion text

(1) That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Prime Minister, by no later than 7:20 pm on 25 February 2020, the final report provided by the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Mr Phillip Gaetjens, to the Prime Minister in relation to the application of the Statement of Ministerial Standards to the former Minister for Sport's award of funding under the Community Sport Infrastructure Program.

(2) In the event the Minister fails to table the report, the Senate requires the Minister representing the Prime Minister to attend the Senate on 26 February 2020, prior to government business being called on, to provide an explanation, of no more than 10 minutes, of the Government's failure to table the report.

(3) Any Senator may move to take note of the explanation required by paragraph (2).

(4) Any motion under paragraph (3) shall have precedence over all government business until determined, and senators may speak to the motion for not more than 10 minutes each.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

12th Feb 2020, 4:20 PM – Senate Documents - Energy - Order for the Production of Documents

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The same number of senators voted for and against a motion introduced by Queensland Senator Larissa Waters (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction (Senator Birmingham) by 3:30 pm on 24 February 2020, all Departmental advice relating to establishing a coal-fired generation plant in Collinsville, Queensland, including but not limited to:

(a) the suitability or otherwise of a new coal-fired power station in Queensland;

(b) current congestion issues in this part of the grid network; and

(c) any economic, greenhouse or environmental impacts of establishing the coal- fired power station.

Yes Yes Not passed

5th Dec 2019, 12:39 PM – Senate Documents - Immigration Detention - Order for the Production of Documents

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The same number of senators voted for and against the motion, which means it failed. It had been introduced by Tasmanian Senator Nick McKim (Greens).

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Prime Minister, by the adjournment of the Senate on 5 December 2019, any communication, including attached documents, between ministers of the Government and Senator Lambie, or their staff, relating to negotiations between the aforementioned parties regarding the Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019.

Yes Yes Not passed

3rd Dec 2019, 4:04 PM – Senate Documents - Stromlo-1 Exploration Drilling Program - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by SA Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, which means it failed.

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, by 9 am on 5 December 2019:

(a) all correspondence between the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) and Equinor on its request for Equinor to modify and resubmit its environmental plan in relation to the Stromlo-1 Exploration Drilling Program;

(b) all correspondence between NOPSEMA and Equinor in relation to the notice issued by NOPSEMA on 8 November 2019 requesting further information about matters relating to consultation, source control, oil-spill risk and matters under Part 3 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999; and

(c) all correspondence between NOPSEMA and Equinor, up to 2 December 2019, in relation to the Stromlo-1 Exploration Drilling Program since the issuing of the notice on 8 November 2019.

No Yes Not passed by a modest majority

2nd Dec 2019, 4:25 PM – Senate Documents - Prime Minister - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced in the name of South Australian Senator Penny Wong (Labor), which means the documents requested below must be provided to the Senate.

Motion text

(1) That the Senate requires the Minister representing the Prime Minister to attend the Senate at 12 noon on 3 December 2019 to table the following documents:

(a) a transcript of the phone call between the Prime Minister and the Commissioner of the New South Wales Police Force that took place on Tuesday, 26 November 2019;

(b) any notes taken by the Prime Minister, by his office or by officials during the call;

(c) any briefings prepared for the Prime Minister by his Department or office, for the purposes of the phone call; and

(d) any advice provided to the Prime Minister about the appropriateness of making the call.

(2) That following presentation of the documents, or in the event the Minister fails to table the documents, at 12 noon on 3 December 2019, any senator may move to take note of the response to paragraph (1).

(3) That any motion under paragraph (2) may be debated for no longer than 60 minutes, shall have precedence over all business until determined, and senators may speak to the motion for not more than 10 minutes.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

27th Nov 2019, 4:17 PM – Senate Documents - Pensions and Benefits - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Tasmanian Senator Anne Urquhart (Labor), which means it passed.

Motion text

(1) That the Senate notes that legal professional privilege is not a recognised ground for refusing to provide information to the Senate.

(2) That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Government Services, by 5pm on 28 November 2019, all legal advice that has been received by the Government, the Department of Human Services, or Services Australia, relating to the 2015-16 Budget Measure 'Better Management of the Social Welfare System', the Online Compliance Intervention (OCI), the Employment Income Confirmation (EIC), and the Check and Update Past Information (CUPI), known as the 'Online Compliance Programme'.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

27th Nov 2019, 4:12 PM – Senate Documents - Pensions and Benefits - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by WA Senator Rachel Siewert (Greens), which means it passed.

Motion text

(1) That the Senate notes that legal professional privilege is not a recognised ground for refusing to provide information to the Senate, and

(2) That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Government Services, by 10 am on 28 November 2019, any legal advice received by the Government, or Services Australia (Department of Human Services), relating to the decision to stop relying solely on income-averaging processes to raise debts under the Income Compliance Programme.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

15th Oct 2019, 5:55 PM – Senate Documents - Asylum Seekers - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Tasmanian Senator Nick McKim (Greens), which means it succeeded and the relevant documents will need to be produced.

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, by 5 pm on 16 October 2019, the final report on the review, led by Professor Peter Shergold, into Australia's integration, employment and settlement outcomes for refugees and humanitarian entrants, which was delivered to the Government in February 2019.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

31st Jul 2019, 4:26 PM – Senate Documents - Climate Change - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted against the following motion, which means it failed.

That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, by no later than 9.30 am on 1 August 2019, all draft and final versions, produced since July 2018, of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's climate change action strategy for the foreign aid program.

It was introduced by NSW Senator Mehreen Faruqi (Greens).

Yes Yes Not passed by a small majority

22nd Jul 2019, 4:03 PM – Senate Documents - Commissioner of Taxation - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by South Australian Senator Rex Patrick (Centre Alliance), which means it failed.

Motion text

(1) That the Senate notes that—

(a) on 12 October 2017, Mr Richard Boyle made a disclosure under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (PID Act) as a former employee of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), alleging the ATO:

(i) had instructed employees to issue standard garnishee notices to seize funds from taxpayers' bank accounts without notice or consideration of their personal and business circumstances, and

(ii) in doing so, had required employees to engage in conduct that was unethical, unprofessional and against the Australian Public Service Code of Conduct;

(b) on 27 October 2017, the ATO decided not to further investigate Mr Boyle's disclosure on the basis that the information did not concern serious disclosable conduct as defined in the PID Act; and

(c) subsequent media inquiries found anomalies in the ATO's debt collection practices that appeared consistent with Mr Boyle's disclosure.

(2) That the Senate is of the opinion that examining the ATO's actions in relation to Mr Boyle's disclosure is consistent with the Senate's role in providing oversight of government administration.

(3) That the Senate orders the Commissioner of Taxation to provide all documents relating to the disclosure generated or received by Mr Boyle's supervisor, authorised officer and principal officer (as defined in the PID Act) including but not limited to notes, minutes, memoranda, letters, other external or internal correspondence, emails and/or Microsoft Office Communicator (MOC) conversations to the Economics Legislation Committee (the committee) by no later than 5 pm on 30 July 2019.

(4) That the committee, when it has considered the documents, report to the Senate as to whether the ATO's handling of disclosures by whistleblowers warrants further inquiry.

No Yes Not passed by a modest majority

How "voted moderately 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 16 160 160
MP voted against policy 4 0 40
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 160 200

*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 = 160 / 200 = 80%.

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