How Ben Small voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should allow companies to mine coal seam (CSG), tight and shale gas

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23rd Feb 2021, 4:49 PM – Senate Motions - Environment - Beetaloo Basin

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

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) approximately 90% of regional water demand in the Northern Territory is supplied by groundwater,

(ii) First Nations communities and farmers remain strongly opposed to fracking in the Beetaloo Basin due to risks of groundwater contamination,

(iii) the Independent Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing of Onshore Unconventional Reservoirs in the Northern Territory recommended a review of risks to groundwater supplies,

(iv) the Gas Industry Social and Environmental Research Alliance, funded by the gas industry and the Federal Government, subsequently commissioned a review of the McArthur region, including the Beetaloo Basin, and

(v) the review, conducted by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and Charles Darwin University, found stygofauna, Parisia unguis, throughout groundwater in the study area, confirming the interconnected groundwater system extends at least 300 kilometres; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

(i) withdraw funding for the Beetaloo Strategic Basin Plan, and

(ii) abandon its plans for a gas-led recovery, and instead support the farmers and Traditional Owners who do not want their water supplies threatened, their cultural heritage compromised, and the climate sacrificed by the Beetaloo fracking project.

No No Not passed by a modest majority

7th Dec 2020, 4:12 PM – Senate Motions - Energy - Oil and gas drilling

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Tasmanian Senator Peter Whish-Wilson (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) opposes oil or gas drilling off the coast of Sydney;

(b) notes that through Advent Energy's own admission on 29 December 2010, the exploratory well had failed to find gas;

(c) calls on the Government not to renew the Petroleum Exploration Permit 11 licence; and

(d) further notes the importance of Sydney's coastline and waterways to the ecosystem as well as tourism and investment.

No No Not passed by a small majority

How "voted very strongly 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 2 20 20
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 20 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 = 20 / 20 = 100%.

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