How Jordon Steele-John voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should implement all the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in partnership with First Nations communities.

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16th Feb 2021, 4:43 PM – Senate Motions - Aboriginal Deaths in Custody - Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

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The same number of senators voted for and against this motion, which means it failed. It was introduced by Victorian Senator Lidia Thorpe (Greens).

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that this year will be the 30th anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody's final report;

(b) further notes that the 339 recommendations from the Royal Commission have still not been fully implemented;

(c) expresses its dismay that since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody there have been over 455 deaths of First Nations people in custody; and

(d) calls on:

(i) the Prime Minister to meet with the families left behind after a death in custody on the date of the 30th anniversary of the Royal Commission's report being handed down, and

(ii) the Government to commit to implementing all of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in partnership with First Nations communities, particularly the family members who have been left behind after a death in custody.

Yes Yes Not passed

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 1 10 10
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 10 10

*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 / 10 = 100%.

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