How Tony Smith voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should introduce mandatory drug testing for people who receive certain welfare payments

Division Tony Smith Supporters vote Division outcome

13th Aug 2018, 6:40 PM – Representatives Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2018 - Second Reading - Agree with bill's main idea

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to agree with the main idea of the bill. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read the bill for a second time. This meas that they can now discuss the bills in more detail.

What is the bill's main idea?

The bill was introduced "to establish a two year drug testing trial in three regions for 5000 new recipients of newstart allowance and youth allowance from 1 July 2018".

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

11th Sep 2017, 4:46 PM – Representatives Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017 - Third Reading - Pass the bill

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The majority voted to pass the bill. In parliamentary jargon, they voted in favour of reading the bill for a third time.

The bill will now be sent to the Senate so that the Senators can debate it and decide whether they also agree to pass it.

What does this bill do?

The main purpose of this bill is to:

  • create a single job seeker payment
  • establish a drug testing trial; and
  • remove existing exemptions for jobseekers experiencing drug or alcohol dependence.

Read more in the bills digest.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

11th Sep 2017, 4:41 PM – Representatives Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017 - Consideration in Detail - Agree to bill

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The majority agreed with the bill with its new amendments. This means that they'll now stop considering the bill in detail and now decide whether they want to pass it.

What does this bill do?

The main purpose of this bill is to:

  • create a single job seeker payment
  • establish a drug testing trial; and
  • remove existing exemptions for jobseekers experiencing drug or alcohol dependence.

Read more in the bills digest.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

11th Sep 2017, 4:31 PM – Representatives Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017 - Second Reading - Agree with the bill's main idea

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The majority voted to agree with the bill's main idea. In parliamentary jargon, they voted in favour of reading the bill for a second time.

This means they can now discuss the bill in more detail.

What is the bill's main idea?

The main purpose of this bill is to:

  • create a single job seeker payment
  • establish a drug testing trial; and
  • remove existing exemptions for jobseekers experiencing drug or alcohol dependence.

Read more in the bills digest.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

11th Sep 2017, 4:21 PM – Representatives Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017 - Second Reading - Disagree with bill

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The majority voted against a motion to disagree with the bill. In parliamentary jargon, they voted against a motion to decline to give the bill a second reading.

The motion was introduced by Labor MP for Jagajaga Jenny Macklin.

Motion text

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

"the House:

(1) declines to give the bill a second reading because it is a cynical attempt by this Government to distract from its political problems; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) drop their costly and unproven drug testing trial of social security recipients that medical experts say won't work;

(b) listen to medical and health experts by implementing proven ways to assist people battling drug addiction by investing in treatment and rehabilitation services; and

(c) stop demonising vulnerable Australians who rely on our social security system".

What does this bill do?

The main purpose of this bill is to:

  • create a single job seeker payment
  • establish a drug testing trial; and
  • remove existing exemptions for jobseekers experiencing drug or alcohol dependence.

Read more in the bills digest.

absent No Not 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 Tony Smith 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.