How Matt O'Sullivan voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase legal protections for people who identify as LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) by, for example, getting rid of all current exemptions that permit discrimination against LGBTI people by religious insitutions (such as schools)

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4th Feb 2021, 12:41 PM – Senate Motions - Gender and Sexual Orientation - National inquiry into conversion practices

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Victorian Senator Janet Rice (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) studies suggest that at least one in ten LGBTQA+ Australians are vulnerable to religion-based pressures and attempts to change or suppress their sexuality and/or gender identity,

(ii) many people who experience attempts to change or suppress the LGBTQA+ elements of their selves are severely harmed by those attempts,

(iii) today the Victorian Parliament is voting on the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Prohibition Bill, a world class bill that would outlaw sexuality and gender identity conversion practices across the state, and

(iv) a national approach to banning conversion practices is required to ensure the rights, wellbeing and protection of every LGBTQA+ Australian; and

(b) calls on the Government to establish a national inquiry into the prevalence and impact of formal and informal conversion practices in Australia, inclusive of educational, pastoral care and community settings.

No Yes Not passed by a small majority

14th Nov 2019, 12:37 PM – Senate Motions - Intersex Day of Solidarity - Darlington Statement

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

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i.) 8 November 2019 was Intersex Day of Solidarity, and

(ii.) Intersex Day of Solidarity is marked internationally, and is a chance to highlight issues facing intersex people; and

(b) calls on all parliamentarians to:

(i.) commit to learning more about the lives and experiences of people with variations of sex characteristics, and

(ii.) agree to read and consider affirming the Darlington Statement, a joint consensus statement by organisations and independent advocates which sets out the priorities of the intersex human rights movement in Australia and New Zealand.

No Yes Not passed

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 2 0 20
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 0 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 = 0 / 20 = 0.0%.

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