How Ben Small voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should address the causes and consequences of climate change as a matter of urgency by, for example, lowering emissions and investing in science and technology

Division Ben Small Supporters vote Division outcome

3rd Feb 2021, 4:45 PM – Senate Motions - Climate Change - Act on best scientific advice

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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) acknowledges that the global carbon budget has been updated since the Climate Change Authority's targets and progress report of February 2014 so that according to the independent Climate Targets Panel, Australia's new science based targets require greenhouse gas emissions to be reduced to:

(i) at least 50% below 2005 levels by 2030 and net-zero by 2045 in order to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees: and

(ii) at least 74% below 2005 levels by 2030 and net-zero by 2035 in order to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees; and

(b) respects the science of climate change and will act according to the best available scientific advice.

No Yes Not passed by a modest majority

2nd Feb 2021, 5:45 PM – Senate Matters of Urgency - Climate Change - Set 2030 targets

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

Motion text

That, in the opinion of the Senate, the following is a matter of urgency:

The urgent need for the Morrison Government to announce science-based 2030 targets given that it has completely failed Australians on climate change, using up over 40% of Australia's carbon budget since 2013.

No Yes (strong) 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 1 0 50
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 1 0 10
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 0 60

*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 / 60 = 0.0%.

And then