How I vote

Snapshot

  • Supported 90 per cent of government bills since entering parliament
  • Opposed 95 per cent of motions to shut down debate in this parliament
  • Voted for Indi 100 per cent of the time

My three principles

I am privileged to represent the people of Indi as a community Independent, and I work hard to ensure the voices of Indi are well represented every time I step into the chamber to vote.

I am guided by three principles when I vote:

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Voting statistics

Transparency is important to me and the communities of Indi.

That is why I am committed to regularly updating how I vote in Parliament. There are many types of divisions in Parliament which have different implications. You cannot reduce it to one statistic.

I have attended 447 votes since entering parliament.

I update the electorate after each sitting through the Indi Cockatoo, my regular digital newsletter, where I provide more detail on the rationale for my positions on bills. You can subscribe here.

Votes on bills and amendments

As at September 3, 2020, there had been 147 divisions on bills and amendments in the lower house during this parliament.

Only controversial bills and amendments are voted on. The vast majority of bills pass the lower house without being formally voted on, because MPs are in general agreement.

These statistics* are for bills and amendments that were controversial enough to vote on:

Number of divisions this parliament: 147
Percentage of all divisions in this parliament: 33%
Voted with the government: 60% of the time
Voted with the opposition: 39% of the time
Voted with a private member: 1% of the time

Votes to gag speech

As at September 3, 2020, the government had moved 208 divisions on motions to gag an MP from speaking in the lower house during this parliament.*

By and large, I support the right of all MPs to be heard, even if the government does not agree with what they have to say.

Number of divisions this parliament: 208
Percentage of all divisions in this parliament: 46%
Opposed the government gagging speech: 95% of the time
Supported gagging speech: 5% of the time

Votes on general procedure

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, and not disrupt parliament with unnecessary politics.

As at 3 September 2020, there had been 92 divisions on general procedure matters in the lower house during this parliament.*

Number of divisions this parliament: 94
Percentage of all divisions in this parliament: 21%
Voted with the government: 41% of the time
Voted with the opposition: 55% of the time
Voted with a private member: 4% of the time

Statistical source:
Australian Parliamentary Library, September 2020