Author Archives: Mackay Ash

They Vote For You – There’s something wrong with Peter Dutton’s voting record!

You may have seen this screenshot showing Opposition Leader Peter Dutton as a supporter of a constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice in parliament. If this looks wrong to you, it’s because it is. Several votes on the Constitution Alteration (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice) 2023 were erroneously connected to this policy, when they were […]

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They Vote For You: The rebels of 2023 (so far)

Back in 2016, I wrote a post about the state of rebellion in our parliament. At that time, rebellions were quite rare. How things have changed! We now have several rebels in parliament, mostly from the Liberal Party. What does it mean to be a rebel? A rebel voter is someone who crosses the floor […]

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A new category has been added to your representative’s voting records!

You may have noticed that your MP and senator voting records are looking a bit different.  Voting records are now divided into nine different categories: Voted consistently for Voted almost always for Voted generally for Voted a mixture of for and against Voted generally against Voted almost always against Voted consistently against We can’t say […]

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Last week in Parliament

You may have been reading about the unsuccessful amendments to the Coronavirus Economic Response Package that opposition MPs and Senators attempted to pass last week. The amendments related to expanding the Government’s JobKeeper payment to include more workers, such as casual workers, workers with major charities and working-visa holders who are still in the country. […]

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Coronavirus and our Federal Parliament

Our federal parliament is scheduled to sit next week but, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s going to look a bit different. On Wednesday, the Prime Minister released a media release explaining the type of changes we should expect. In a nut shell, our parliament is battening down the hatches and reducing its business to […]

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