How Mathias Cormann voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should establish a Royal Commission to investigate and report on violence and abuse against people with disability in light of the the disproportionately high number of reports of abuse of Australians with a disability by people who are meant to care for them

Division Mathias Cormann Supporters vote Division outcome

14th Feb 2019, 12:13 PM – Senate Motions - Disability Services - Establish a royal commission

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by WA Senator Jordon Steele-John (Greens), which means it succeeded. Motions like these don't make legal changes on their own, but they are politically influential because they represent the will of the Senate.

Motion text

(1) That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) despite the hard-won progress of the disability rights movement, disabled Australians continue to be subjected to discrimination and are routinely denied the right guaranteed them under international law,

(ii) this discrimination creates and sustains the barriers to employment, education, transport, social and political participation experienced by disabled Australians and, most concerning, manifests itself in horrific violence, abuse and neglect to which they are subjected, and

(iii) from July to September 2018, over 184 incidents of abuse and neglect were reported to the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (the Commission) – the Commission has also released data that shows in the same three months it received 62 reports of expected and unexpected deaths, 91 reports of injuries, 34 complaints against individual staff or service providers and 75 cases of unauthorised restrictive practices; and

(b) calls on the Government to request His Excellency the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia issue Letter Patent to establish a royal commission to inquire into violence, abuse and neglect of people with a disability.

(2) That a message be sent to the House of Representatives seeking its concurrence in this resolution.

absent Yes Passed by a small majority

4th Dec 2018, 4:25 PM – Senate Motions - Disability Services - Establish a royal commission

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John (WA), which means it succeeded. Motions like these don't make any legal changes on their own but they can be politically influential since they represent the will of the Senate.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 3 December 2018 was the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and was an important moment to recognize the four million disabled Australians and the contribution they make to society,

(ii) for the first time, people with disability held their own National Awards for Disability Leadership,

(iii) despite the hard-won progress of the disability rights movement, disabled Australians continue to be subjected to discrimination and are routinely denied the right guaranteed to them under international law,

(iv) this discrimination creates and sustains the barriers to employment, education, transport, social and political participation experienced by disabled Australians, and most concerningly manifests itself in horrific violence, abuse and neglect to which they are subjected, and

(v) in a three-month period alone, from July to September of this year, over 184 incidents of abuse and neglect were reported to the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government and the Opposition to support the immediate establishment of a royal commission to investigate violence, abuse and neglect of disabled people.

absent Yes Passed by a small majority

19th Sep 2018, 4:47 PM – Senate Motions - Aged Care - Royal Commission and people with disability

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John (WA), which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate:

(a) notes that:

(i) on 16 September 2018, the Prime Minister announced a royal commission into Australia's Aged Care system, ahead of the ABC's Four Corners report on the treatment of older Australians in aged care homes,

(ii) the media has extensively reported on violence, abuse, and neglect against people with disability,

(iii) the Community Affairs References Committee held an inquiry into violence, abuse, and neglect against people with disability in institutional and residential settings during the 44th Parliament,

(iv) on 25 November 2015, the Community Affairs References Committee tabled its report containing 30 recommendations, the headline recommendation calling for a royal commission into the issue,

(v) on 2 March 2017, the Government responded to the recommendations in this report, where it refused to commit to a royal commission,

(vi) in May 2017, more than 120 academics from around Australia signed an open letter urging the Prime Minister to act on the headline recommendation of the Senate inquiry, and a civil society statement from Disabled People's Organisations Australia and endorsed by 163 organisations and groups and over 380 individuals called for a royal commission, and

(vii) on 4 December 2018, the Senate passed a motion calling on the Government to reconsider its decision and commit to a royal commission into violence, abuse, and neglect of people with disability in institutional and residential settings; and

(b) calls on the Government to extend the Royal Commission into Aged Care to include violence, abuse, and neglect against people with disability in institutional and residential settings.

absent Yes Not passed by a modest majority

29th Mar 2017, 4:14 PM – Senate Motions - Institutional Care - For a royal commission

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The majority voted against a motion that called for a royal commission into abuse, violence and neglect of people with disability in institutional and residential settings.

The motion was introduced by Greens Senator Rachel Siewert (WA).

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) on 27 March 2017, the ABC's Four Corners program clearly showed that abuse, violence and neglect of people with disability in institutional and residential care continues,

(ii) previous evidence of severe abuse, violence and neglect was revealed by the media and during an inquiry of the Community Affairs References Committee,

(iii) on 25 November 2015, the Community Affairs References Committee tabled a report in the Senate with 30 recommendations addressing widespread instances of abuse, violence and neglect of people with disability in residential and institutional settings, and

(iv) the Government responded to the recommendations in this report on 2 March 2017, where they refused to commit to a royal commission into the issue; and

(b) calls on the Government to reconsider its decision and commit to a royal commission into abuse, violence and neglect of people with disability in institutional and residential settings.

absent Yes Not passed by a modest majority

How "never voted" is worked out

Normally a person's votes count towards a score which is used to work out a simple phrase to summarise their position on a policy. However in this case Mathias Cormann was absent during all divisions for this policy. So, it's impossible to say anything concrete other than that they have "never voted" on this policy.