How Mehmet Tillem voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should restrict foreign ownership within Australia, particularly where foreign ownership would be against the national interest

Division Mehmet Tillem Supporters vote Division outcome

14th Nov 2013, 11:28 AM – Senate Motions - Agriculture - Foreign ownership

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Democratic Labor Party Senator John Madigan. This means that the motion was rejected. The motion was:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that:

(i) in 2010 the Australian Bureau of Statistics published the Agricultural Land and Water Ownership survey (December 2010), which indicated that 11.3 per cent of Australian agricultural land was foreign-owned,

(ii) according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Vote Compass, a significant majority of Australians want to 'further restrict foreign ownership of Australian agricultural land', and(Explore the ABC's Vote Compass, including the data on whether the government should restrict foreign ownership of Australian agricultural land, here.)

(iii) Australian agricultural land is a national treasure and should not be treated as a global commodity; and

(b) calls on the Government to table, no later than the first sitting day of 2013, an updated Agricultural Land and Water Ownership survey, outlining foreign ownership of Australian agricultural land as at June 2013.

No Yes Not passed by a modest majority

13th Nov 2013, 4:01 PM – Senate Motions - Wheat Exports - Reject takeover of GrainCorp by Archer Daniels Midland

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Rachel Siewert. This means that the motion was unsuccessful.

The motion was that:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that Archer Daniels Midland's proposed acquisition of GrainCorp will reduce competition in the wheat exporting market and hurt Australian growers; and

(b) calls on the Treasurer ( Mr Hockey) to reject the takeover bid of GrainCorp by Archer Daniels Midland.(Read more about the concerns surrounding Archer Daniels Midland's bid for GrainCorp on The World Today here. Read more about the opposition to the deal within the Coalition on ABC Rural here.)

No Yes Not passed by a modest majority

How "voted very strongly 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 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 2 0 20
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 0 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 = 0 / 20 = 0.0%.

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