How Ben Small 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 Ben Small Supporters vote Division outcome

16th Mar 2021, 4:50 PM – Senate Motions - National Disability Insurance Scheme, Aged Care: Dementia - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted in favour of the following motion:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent motion nos 1058 and 1061 being moved together immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

This means those motions will be voted on immediately.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a large majority

15th Mar 2021, 5:17 PM – Senate Motions - China: Human Rights - Let a vote happen

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by South Australian Senator Rex Patrick (Independent) to suspend the usual procedural rules - known as standing orders - in order to let a vote happen. This means it failed.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Patrick moving a motion relating to the conduct of the business of this Senate, namely a motion to give precedence to general business notice of motion No. 1043 immediately, determined without amendment or debate.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

25th Feb 2021, 12:14 PM – Senate Motions - NBN Co - Let a vote happen

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An absolute majority voted in favour of suspending the usual parliamentary rules - known as standing orders - in order to let a vote on a motion happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent me from moving general business notice of motion No. 1040, and that it be determined without amendment or debate.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a large majority

25th Feb 2021, 12:01 PM – Senate Motions - Northern Territory: Crime - Let a vote happen

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An absolute majority voted in favour of suspending the usual parliamentary rules - known as standing orders - in order to let a vote on a motion happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent general business notices of motion No. 1036 being moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a large majority

23rd Feb 2021, 5:01 PM – Senate Motions - Workplace Relations: Food Delivery Industry, Mental Health Services - Let votes happen

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An absolute majority voted in favour of a motion to suspend the usual rules of parliament - known as standing orders - in order to let certain votes happen.

Motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent general business notice of motion nos 1020 and 1021 being moved together immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a large 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 4 200 200
MP voted against policy 1 0 50
MP absent 0 0 0
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: 200 250

*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 = 200 / 250 = 80%.

And then