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18th Mar 2021, 4:36 PM – Senate Documents - Covid-19 Vaccination Certificates - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Victorian Senator Kimberley Kitching (Labor), which means it succeeded.

Motion text

That—

(1) There be laid on the table, by the Minister representing the Minister for Government Services (Senator Ruston), by not later than the third business day of each month, a report, setting out, for the previous calendar month:

(a) the number of COVID-19 vaccination certificates issued;

(b) the total number of COVID-19 vaccination certificates issued to date;

(c) the number of COVID-19 vaccination certificates uploaded to the Australian Immunisation Register;

(d) the number of COVID-19 vaccination certificates made available on the myGov app;

(e) the number of COVID-19 vaccination certificates made available on the Medicare Express Plus app; and

(f) the average number of days between an individual receiving the COVID-19 vaccination and a COVID-19 vaccination certificate being made available to them.

(2) The first report is due on the third business day of April 2021 covering the period 1 March to 31 March 2021.

(3) If the Senate is not sitting when an update is ready for presentation, the report is to be presented to the President under standing order 166.

(4) This order is of continuing effect until 31 December 2022.

No Yes Passed by a small majority

22nd Feb 2021, 3:48 PM – Senate Documents - Future Submarines - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced at the request of South Australian Senator Penny Wong (Labor), which means it succeeded.

Motion text

That—

(a) there be laid on the table by the Minister for Defence, by no later than 9.30 am on Wednesday 24 February 2021, documents (including text messages or any other messages or communications transmitted via electronic or like facilities) held by the Minister or the Minister's office relating to messages between the Minister for Defence and the French Minister of the Armed Forces regarding Naval Group's Australian Industry Capability commitment for the Future Submarines; and

(b) documents to be produced under paragraph (a) include any documents that "explicitly stated and included agreement to a commitment on the part of Naval Group 'to a level of Australian industry capability that will have the effect of at least 60 per cent of the Naval Group contract value spent in Australia'" as referred to in the answer to question on notice no. 51 from the 4 March 2020 additional estimates hearings for the Department of Defence through the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee.

No Yes Passed by a small majority

17th Feb 2021, 4:21 PM – Senate Documents - Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability - Produce documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by WA Senator Jordon Steele-John (Greens), which means it succeeded.

Motion text

That there be laid on the table, by the Minister representing the Attorney-General, by no later than 10.30am on Monday, 22 February 2021:

(a) all documents and correspondence between the Attorney-General's Department and the Attorney-General and his office relating to the planning, drafting and introduction of legislation seeking to amend the Royal Commissions Act 1902 to extend confidentiality protections for people giving evidence to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of People with Disability; and

(b) all documents and correspondence between the Attorney-General's Department and the Attorney-General and his office relating to the letter sent by the Chair of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of People with Disability, Ronald Sackville AO QC, on 14 February 2020 and the subsequent interim report commentary in October 2020 requesting the change to the Royal Commissions Act 1902 to assure confidentiality provisions for witnesses and people giving evidence to the commission.

No Yes Passed by a small majority

10th Dec 2020, 7:26 PM – Senate Documents - Climate Ambition Summit - 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 succeeded.

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Prime Minister, by no later than 9.30 am on 11 December 2020, any correspondence from any of the hosts of the Climate Ambition Summit 2020 to the Australian Government in relation to Australia's participation or attendance at the summit.

No Yes Passed by a small majority

9th Dec 2020, 4:14 PM – Senate Documents - Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Order for the Production of Documents

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Queensland Senator Gerard Rennick (Liberal), which means it passed.

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, by no later than midday on 10 December 2020, the report by Kerry Blackburn, commissioned by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), in relation to the ABC's coverage of the 2019 election.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

8th Dec 2020, 9:39 PM – Senate Foreign Investment Reform (Protecting Australia's National Security) Bill 2020 - Second Reading - Publish certain information

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No Yes Not passed by a modest majority

8th Dec 2020, 4:48 PM – Senate Documents - Age of Criminal Responsibility - Order for the Production of Documents

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

Motion text

That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Attorney-General, Senator Marise Payne, by no later than midday on Wednesday, 5 February 2021:

(a) all submissions received by the Council of Attorneys General's Age of Criminal Responsibility Working Group regarding raising the age of criminal responsibility;

(b) any reports, including interim and draft reports, from the Age of Criminal Responsibility Working Group, including recommendations, to the Council of Attorneys General regarding the age of criminal responsibility;

(c) any advice prepared by the Age of Criminal Responsibility Working Group to the Council of Attorneys-General regarding the age of criminal responsibility;

(d) any advice prepared (in the past twelve months) by the Age of Criminal Responsibility Working Group to the Attorney-General regarding the age of criminal responsibility; and

(e) any advice, including drafts, prepared by the Attorney-General's Department regarding the age of criminal responsibility.

No Yes Not passed by a small majority

How "voted 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 1 10 10
MP voted against policy 6 0 60
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 10 70

*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 = 10 / 70 = 14%.

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