How John Howard voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should privatise government owned assets

Division John Howard Supporters vote Division outcome

2nd Nov 2006, 1:44 PM – Representatives Medibank Private Sale Bill 2006 - Third Reading - Read a third time

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The majority voted in favour of a motion that the remaining stages of the bill be agreed to and the bill be read for a third time.(Read more about the stages that a bill must pass through here. ) This means that the majority agree with the bill and that it will now be sent to the Senate for their consideration.

Background to the bill

The bill was introduced to allow the federal government to sell its interest in Medibank Private Limited and allow Medibank to operate on a “for profit” basis. The Coalition Government plans to do this after the 2007 election, should it be re-elected.(Read more about this privatisation proposal on Wikipedia here and on the ABC's World Today program here.)

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

2nd Nov 2006, 1:37 PM – Representatives Medibank Private Sale Bill 2006 - Second Reading - Read a second time

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to read the bill for a second time.(Read more about the stages that a bill must pass through here. ) This means that the majority agree with the main idea of the bill and can now discuss it in more detail.

Background to the bill

The bill was introduced to allow the federal government to sell its interest in Medibank Private Limited and allow Medibank to operate on a “for profit” basis. The Coalition Government plans to do this after the 2007 election, should it be re-elected.(Read more about this privatisation proposal on Wikipedia here and on the ABC's World Today program here.)

absent Yes (strong) 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.