How Ben Small voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should assist returning Australians stranded overseas due to COVID-19 by, for example, increasing the numbers of permitted arrivals under international flight caps and targetting price gauging so that return airline tickets are affordable

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15th Feb 2021, 5:49 PM – Senate Motions - COVID-19 - Repatriation

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Victorian Senator Janet Rice (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Commonwealth Government has a responsibility for quarantine,

(ii) international human rights agreements affirm that everyone has the right to return to their country,

(iii) around 39,000 Australians are stranded overseas, unable to return home due to limited quarantine capacity,

(iv) in addition, there have been more than 155,000 travel exemption requests from temporary visa holders seeking to return to Australia, where many have lived for extended periods, with jobs, families, and lives here – of which only around 25,000 have been approved, and

(v) many of those stranded overseas face significant costs and challenges, are often separated from their loved ones, and have experienced significant distress at being unable to return home; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government to:

(i) expand safe and effective federal quarantine capacity so that people stranded overseas can safely return home,

(ii) ensure that those stranded overseas can access affordable options to fly home, and

(iii) ensure that everyone is welcomed home with care and compassion.

No Yes Not passed by a small majority

30th Nov 2020, 4:45 PM – Senate Motions - Covid-19: Repatriation - Bring stranded Australians home

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Tasmanian Senator Anne Urquhart (Labor), which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

a. notes that:

(i) the Australian Government is responsible for borders, quarantine, and assisting Australians in jeopardy and stranded overseas,

(ii) since the Prime Minister capped international passenger arrivals on 13 July 2020, the number of stranded Australians overseas has risen dramatically to more than 36,875, and the number of Australians classified as vulnerable has doubled to 8,070,

(iii) Amnesty International Australia has reported that the 'arbitrary cap needs to be significantly increased or removed' and quarantine 'needs to be significantly expanded',

(iv) on 10 November 2020, the Senate called on the Government to take urgent steps to help every stranded Australian return home by:

(A) increasing the number of permitted arrivals under international flight caps through using Commonwealth resources to increase quarantine capacity,

(B) stopping price gouging by airlines flying into Australia, and

(C) putting all options on the table to return stranded Australians, especially from places like the United Kingdom, India, the Philippines and Lebanon—including charter flights, and

(v) the Morrison Government did not announce any funding or initiative as part of the 2020-21 Federal Budget to respond to the Senate's motion, and has no plan to help every stranded Australian return home; and

(b) calls on the Morrison Government to bring our stranded Australians home by Christmas as the Prime Minister promised he would do.

No Yes Not passed by a small 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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