How the Independents have voted in the House

30th August 2011

The initial period of the Spring Session of the 43rd Parliament finished on 25 August 2011.

The Government has maintained its successful record of gaining support from the Independents on significant pieces of legislation requiring a division over the course of this Parliament so far, gaining a majority in 94% of divisions on substantive matters.  To date, the Government has lost only one division on an amendment to a Bill, which was in February 2011:

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (Public Health and Safety) Amendment Bill 2010 second reading.  Adam Bandt, Robert Oakeshott and Andrew Wilkie voted with the Government, while Tony Crook, Bob Katter and Tony Windsor voted against.

The Bill as amended subsequently passed the Parliament.

In the 43rd Parliament so far, the Government has successfully passed 185 pieces of legislation through the Lower House.  All the Appropriation Bills from the 2011-12 Budget have been passed the Parliament, with only one proposed Bill on a budget measure, being the proposed means testing of the private health insurance rebate, still outstanding. 

Major pieces of legislation necessary to implement the National Broadband Network have also been passed. 

Other recent legislation passed by the House includes:

1.    National Health Reform Amendment (National Health Performance Authority) 2011

2.    Tobacco Plain Packaging 2011 and Trade Marks Amendments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) 2011

3.    Customs Amendment (Anti-dumping Improvements) 2011

Graphs showing the outcome of votes where a division was required from 29 September 2010 to 25 August 2011, along with voting records for each Independent, are available here.

A table showing all the divisions from 29 September to 25 August, with a brief description of the legislation or motion, number of pairs and how each independent voted is available here.

Note pairs are agreed to by party whips on each day of voting. 

Hawker Britton’s previous analysis covering September to July is available here, with earlier analysis from September to March here, and analysis from September to November 2010 available here.

For more information on each division go to House of Representatives Votes and Proceedings, here.

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