How Louise Pratt voted compared to someone who believes that the Australian Government should publicly release more information about the contents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal and its position in the negotiations

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23rd Nov 2011 – Senate Motions — Trans-Pacific Partnership

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The Senate voted against a motion (see the debate) by Christine Milne:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

  • (i) the announcement by the Prime Minister (Ms Gillard) of Australia's in principle agreement to the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement,
  • (ii) the Productivity Commission report noting the failure of free trade agreements to live up to the benefits claimed by successive governments,
  • (iii) the Government's failure to release for public scrutiny the draft text of the agreement under negotiation,
  • (iv) calls by 25 community groups ranging from pensioner groups to the Australian Council of Trade Unions to have the draft text released,
  • (v) the bids by American pharmaceutical companies to use the agreement to delay the release of generic drugs and to undermine the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme,
  • (vi) the failure of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to identify significant benefits to Australian primary producers,
  • (vii) the reported failure of the agreement to include minimum standards for labour or environmental protection,
  • (viii) the concern about reported changed rules for local content in Australian film and television, and
  • (ix) the reported proposed changes to government procurement rules and reported inclusion of an investor state dispute process; and

(b) calls on the Government to immediately release the draft text of the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement.

There were more motions to provide more parliamentary and public scrutiny of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations:

No Yes Not passed by a modest 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 1 0 10
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 0 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 = 0 / 10 = 0.0%.

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