How Matt O'Sullivan voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should introduce a carbon pricing mechanism

Division Matt O'Sullivan Supporters vote Division outcome

18th Mar 2021, 4:53 PM – Senate Motions - Trade with the European Union - Emissions reduction targets

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

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Australia exported $20.5 billion of goods and $12.9 billion in services to the European Union in 2018-19,

(ii) last week the European Parliament voted in support of the introduction of a carbon border tax, and the European Commission will be presenting the details of their Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism in June,

(iii) Australia's carbon price was set to link to the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme in 2015 and, if that had remained in place, Australian exporters would not be subject to carbon tariffs, and

(iv) the repeal of the carbon price by the Liberal National Government has unnecessarily exposed Australian exporters to carbon tariffs, which will particularly impact the competitiveness of Australian goods; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to support Australian exporters and give them a competitive advantage by introducing science-based 2030 emissions reduction targets and reintroducing a price on carbon.

No Yes Not passed by a modest majority

22nd Feb 2021, 4:14 PM – Senate Motions - Climate Change - Carbon market

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The majority voted against motion motion 1019 introduced by Queensland Senator Larissa Waters (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that, under the carbon price legislation in place, Australian farmers were poised to be able to sell carbon stored on their land or emissions reduced through changed farming practices into the European Union carbon market, which would earn Australian farmers today a record high $54 a tonne;

(b) further notes that, when the carbon price was abolished by the Liberal government and Clive Palmer, this opportunity for new, lucrative income streams was stripped away, leaving Australian farmers less equipped to adapt to a changing climate and global markets;

(c) acknowledges that because of the Government's seven year sabotage of any meaningful climate policies, our major trading partners in the EU, UK, USA and Japan are all considering in the middle of this year adopting carbon border adjustment tariffs to prevent countries like Australia from free-riding off the work of other countries—our farmers now face tariffs of around $54 a tonne on their products; and

(d) urges the Government to negotiate with the EU so that Australian farmers can sell their abatement into their carbon markets and to apologise to Australian farmers for the financial damage their climate change policies are doing to them.

absent Yes Not passed by a small majority

How "voted almost always 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* 1 1 2
Total: 1 12

*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 = 1 / 12 = 8.3%.

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