How John Howard voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase investment in renewable energy technologies

Division John Howard Supporters vote Division outcome

20th Jun 2006, 6:11 PM – Representatives Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill 2006 - Second Reading - Stand as part of the question

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The majority voted in favour of a motion "That the words proposed to be omitted ... stand part of the question". This is a procedural motion that was put after Labor MP Anthony Albanese introduced a motion to omit and replace the words following "That".

Because the majority voted 'aye' in favour of this procedural motion, the original motion that Mr Albanese wanted to amend remains in its original form. The original motion was: "That this bill be now read a second time".(Read more about the stages that a bill must pass through here. )

Background to the bill

The bill was introduced to:

  • enhance market transparency and business certainty;
  • increase opportunities for bioenergy and solar technologies;
  • encourage innovation through recognising emerging renewable electricity generation technologies; and
  • make administrative amendments in relation to the operation of the Mandatory Renewable Energy Target scheme.(Read more about the bill in the bills digest (200 KB).)


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 John Howard 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.