It is a privilege to represent the people of Indi in the Parliament, and I work hard to ensure our voices are represented every time I step into the chamber.
As an Independent, every vote is a conscience vote.
I review each bill on its individual merits in consultation with our communities to make sure the laws that are written in this nation work for us.
How will the communities of Indi be impacted? Will the law improve daily life and opportunities for regional Australia? Is it based on sound evidence?
These are the questions I ask.
I’m also proud to run an open office in parliament. Volunteers from across Indi often sit in on meetings, contribute to decisions, write speeches, and help me represent Indi.
I’m also committed to being fully transparent about my voting record.
You can see all the bills that have passed Parliament and how I voted here.
I also update the electorate through the Indi Cockatoo which you can subscribe to here.
How I’ve voted
I have supported the vast majority of bills that have come before parliament.
Most bills are uncontroversial and have support from all sides of politics.
As an Independent, I also have the power to oppose bills that simply don’t stack up for Indi like cashless welfare card, laws that make political donations more secretive, and fossil fuel subsidies that slow down the renewables boom in the regions.
I have attended a total of 763 votes since entering parliament.
Bills and Amendments
Most bills and amendments pass ‘on the voices’ without being voted on. When bills and amendments are controversial bills are vote will be called. Here’s how I’ve voted:
Number of divisions: 263
Percentage of all divisions: 34%
Voted with the government: 52% of the time
Voted with the opposition: 45% of the time
Voted with a private member: 3% of the time
The free and open exchange of ideas is crucial to a well-functioning democracy.
By and large, I support the right of all Members of Parliament to be heard.
All too often, the Government shuts down debate and forces MPs to stop speaking on the floor of Parliament simply because it doesn’t agree with what they’re saying.
I will almost always oppose these gag motions. The only time I’ll support one is if I believe the MP is being too disruptive or disrespecting the Parliament.
Number of divisions: 336
Percentage of all divisions: 44%
Opposed gagging speech: 95% of the time
Supported gagging speech: 5% of the time
There are also many procedural divisions about matters like what should be on the schedule for debate, or when the house should adjourn for the day.
I make these decisions on a case by case basis, depending on what I believe would allow constructive ideas and arguments to be debated in the parliament.
Number of divisions: 164
Percentage of all divisions: 22%
Voted with the government: 42% of the time
Voted with the opposition: 56% of the time
Voted with a private member: 2% of the time
Australian Parliamentary Library, November 2021