The latest sitting period of the Federal House of Representatives came to a close on Thursday 3 November.
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 95% 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 amended Bill subsequently passed the Parliament.
In the 43rd Parliament so far, the Government has successfully passed 235 pieces of legislation through the Lower House. All the Appropriation Bills from the 2011-12 Budget have passed the Parliament, with the only exception being the proposed means testing of the private health insurance rebate, which remains outstanding.
Recent legislation passed by the House includes:
1. The Clean Energy Legislation Package and the Steel Transformation Plan Bill 2011
2. National Health Reform Amendment (National Health Performance Authority) 2011
3. Tobacco Plain Packaging 2011 and Trade Marks Amendments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) 2011
Graphs showing the outcome of votes where a division was required from 29 September 2010 to 3 November 2011, along with voting records for each Independent, are available here.
A table showing all the divisions from 29 September to 3 November, with a brief description of the legislation or motion, number of pairs and how each independent voted is available here. Biographies of each of the House of Representatives crossbenchers are available here.
Note pairs are agreed to by party whips on each day of voting.
The Parliamentary Library has recently produced a background note entitled “The hung Commonwealth Parliament: the first year”, focussing on how the House has functioned procedurally and including a range on statistics relating to its work. The background note is available here.
Hawker Britton’s previous analysis from October 2011 is available here.