How Kate Ellis voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should make laws and regulations that protect and conserve the health of the Great Barrier Reef for future generations

Division Kate Ellis Supporters vote Division outcome

15th Aug 2017, 5:10 PM – Representatives Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Amendment Bill 2017 - Second Reading - Failure to protect Reef (second vote)

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Labor MP Tony Burke, which means it was unsuccessful. This is the second time that this same vote was taken.

Motion text

That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

"whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House notes that:

(1) the Government is failing to protect Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef by:

(a) failing to act on climate change;

(b) supporting the Liberal National Party in Queensland in blocking reef protections aimed at halting the broad scale clearing of trees and remnant vegetation; and

(c) winding back ocean protection, put in place by Labor, around Australia and specifically in the Coral Sea; and

(2) this Government cannot be trusted to protect the Great Barrier Reef and fight for Australia's unique environment."

absent Yes Not passed by a small majority

15th Aug 2017, 4:40 PM – Representatives Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Amendment Bill 2017 - Second Reading - Failure to protect Reef (first vote)

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Labor MP Tony Burke (for Watson), but due to confusion during the division, the House took this vote a second time.

Motion text

That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

"whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House notes that:

(1) the Government is failing to protect Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef by:

(a) failing to act on climate change;

(b) supporting the Liberal National Party in Queensland in blocking reef protections aimed at halting the broad scale clearing of trees and remnant vegetation; and

(c) winding back ocean protection, put in place by Labor, around Australia and specifically in the Coral Sea; and

(2) this Government cannot be trusted to protect the Great Barrier Reef and fight for Australia's unique environment."

absent Yes Passed by a small majority

How "never voted" is worked out

Normally a person's votes count towards a score which is used to work out a simple phrase to summarise their position on a policy. However in this case Kate Ellis was absent during all divisions for this policy. So, it's impossible to say anything concrete other than that they have "never voted" on this policy.