How Fiona Phillips voted compared to someone who believes that the federal parliament should continue to sit during the coronavirus pandemic

Division Fiona Phillips Supporters vote Division outcome

12th May 2020, 4:18 PM – Representatives Business - Days and Hours of Meeting - New sitting calendar

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The majority voted in favour of leaving the original motion unchanged. In other words, they voted against the amendment introduced by Watson MP Tony Burke (Labor). Mr Burke's amendment related to creating a new sitting calendar as, currently, Parliament doesn't have another agreed sitting day until 11 August 2020.

Original motion text

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the following from occurring:

(1) the House of Representatives to meet on Wednesday, 13 May 2020 and Thursday, 14 May 2020;

(2) the Federation Chamber not to meet today, and to meet on Wednesday, 13 May 2020 and Thursday, 14 May 2020;

(3) immediately following the resolution of this motion the Treasurer to make a ministerial statement, with the Shadow Treasurer to respond; and

*(4) any variation to this arrangement to be made only by a motion moved by a Minister with leave granted by the Manager of Opposition Business. *

Amendment text

That the following words be added after paragraph (4):

“(5) the first item of business on Wednesday, 13 May 2020, be the presentation of a revised program of sittings for 2020”.

absent No Passed by a small majority

23rd Mar 2020, 7:07 PM – Representatives Business - Days and Hours of Meeting - No sitting days until 11 August 2020

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The majority voted in favour of the new program of sittings for 2020 that was developed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Under the new calendar, the federal parliament will not be sitting again until 11 August 2020.

absent No (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 Fiona Phillips 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.