How Glenn Sterle voted compared to someone who believes that the Constitution should be amended to include a requirement for an Indigenous Voice to federal parliament, such as that envisaged by the Uluru Statement from the Heart

Division Glenn Sterle Supporters vote Division outcome

11th Sep 2019, 4:22 PM – Senate Motions - Message Sticks Carried by Alwyn Doolan - Accept

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The same number of senators voted for and against a motion introduced by WA Senator Rachel Siewert (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that Mr Alwyn Doolan carried 3 Message Sticks and the aspirations of many First Nations peoples for Treaty, Truth and Self-determination in a meaningful dialogue on a Voice on his 8,500 km journey from Cape York to Hobart to Canberra;

(b) recognises that the Message Sticks symbolise three stages of our country's story:

(i) the creation, dreaming and songlines that have governed our land for over 100,000 years,

(ii) the brutal years of colonisation, forced settlements and stolen generations, and

(iii) the healing to come together for a Makarrata with a Voice to create a new country where First Nations peoples' rights and cultural differences are valued in decision-making and constitutionally protected; and

(c) calls on the Prime Minister to accept the Message Sticks which represent an opportunity to reset the relationship between First Nations peoples and the Parliament.

Yes Yes Not passed

22nd Aug 2018, 4:48 PM – Senate Motions - Wave Hill Walk-Off - Acknowledge

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Greens Senator Richard Di Natale (Vic), which means it was successful. Motions like these don't make any legal changes themselves, but are politically influential because they represent the will of the Senate.

Motion text

That the Senate:

(a) notes that:

(i) 23 August 2018 commemorates 52 years since the Wave Hill 'walk-off' and the birth of Aboriginal land rights, and

(ii) the 'walk-off' sparked support and a series of demonstrations for Aboriginal rights across Australia, culminating in the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1976;

(b) recognises the continued legacy of these courageous and visionary men and women of the 1966 'walk-off'; and

(c) acknowledges that sovereignty was never ceded, and calls on the Federal Government to implement the Voice and begin the truth, justice and healing process as articulated in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

How "voted consistently 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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