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These divisions relate to the policy “for requiring Parliamentary approval of military deployments”. Compare how a supporter of the policy would have voted to the division outcome.

17th Mar 2015, 3:49 PM – Senate Motions — Troop Deployment to Iraq - Division No. 2

Supporters vote “Yes”

Party Yes No
Australian Greens (100% turnout) 10
Australian Labor Party (61% turnout) 14
Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party (100% turnout) 1
Country Liberal Party (0.0% turnout)
Deputy President (100% turnout) 1
Family First Party (100% turnout) 1
Independent (75% turnout) 2 1
Liberal Democratic Party (0.0% turnout)
Liberal National Party (100% turnout) 2
Liberal Party (44% turnout) 11
National Party (50% turnout) 2
Palmer United Party (100% turnout) 1
President (100% turnout) 1
Totals (63% turnout) 12 35

Christine Milne moved:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

  • (i) the Government has committed a further 300 troops to the war in Iraq, in addition to the special forces and air force personnel already deployed,

  • (ii) this increase in troop numbers was announced by the Prime Minister of New Zealand (Mr Key), rather than our own Prime Minister (Mr Abbott),

  • (iii) neither the Australian Parliament, nor the Australian people, were consulted about the major increase in Australian soldiers in Iraq, and

  • (iv) the latest polling from Essential Research shows That the majority of Australians disapprove of sending more Australian soldiers to Iraq; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government to:

  • (i) support legislation that enables the Parliament to decide when Australian troops are deployed overseas, and

  • (ii) outline the support framework it has in place to support both the mental and physical health needs of returning service men and women.

4th Sep 2014, 12:52 PM – Senate Defence Legislation Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2014 - Second Reading - Agree with the bill's main idea - Division No. 1

Supporters vote “Yes (strong)”

Party Yes No
Australian Greens (100% turnout) 10
Australian Labor Party (92% turnout) 22
Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party (100% turnout) 1
Country Liberal Party (100% turnout) 1
Democratic Labor Party (100% turnout) 1
Deputy President (100% turnout) 1
Family First Party (100% turnout) 1
Independent (50% turnout) 1
Liberal Democratic Party (100% turnout) 1
Liberal National Party (100% turnout) 2
Liberal Party (76% turnout) 19
National Party (50% turnout) 2
Palmer United Party (100% turnout) 3
President (100% turnout) 1
Totals (87% turnout) 12 54

The majority disagreed with this bill's main idea, meaning it will no longer be considered by parliament. The bill sought to:

Amend the: Defence Act 1903 to provide for parliamentary approval of overseas service by members of the Australian Defence Force; and Air Force Act 1923 and Naval Defence Act 1910 to make consequential amendments.

19th Mar 2013, 3:42 PM – Senate Motions - Iraq - Independent inquiry - Division No. 1

Supporters vote “Yes”

Party Yes No
Australian Greens (100% turnout) 9
Australian Labor Party (83% turnout) 25
Country Liberal Party (0.0% turnout)
Democratic Labor Party (100% turnout) 1
Deputy President (100% turnout) 1
Independent (100% turnout) 1
Liberal Party (44% turnout) 12
National Party (40% turnout) 2
President (0.0% turnout)
Totals (67% turnout) 10 41

The majority voted against the motion introduced by Tasmanian Greens Senator Christine Milne, which means it was unsuccessful.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) it is 10 years since the United States of America (US) led the invasion of Iraq,

(ii) the British non-government organisation, Iraq Body Count, estimates about 162 000 people, almost 80 per cent of them civilians, were killed in Iraq from the start of the 2003 US-led invasion, up to the withdrawal of American forces in 2012, and

(iii) in sending Australian troops to Iraq in 2003, the Howard Government was the first government in Australia's history to go to war without the support of both Houses of Parliament; and

(b) calls on the Government and the Opposition to:

(i) support the Australian Greens' Defence Amendment (Parliamentary Approval of Overseas Service) Bill 2010 [No. 2] which would require parliamentary approval of overseas service by members of the Australian Defence Force, and

(ii) support an independent inquiry into the reasons behind Australia's participation in the invasion.