How Andrew Robb voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase scrutiny of unions and employer organisations by, for example, creating a commission to monitor them and applying the same standards of disclosure to them as to corporations as well as the same penalties for misconduct

Division Andrew Robb Supporters vote Division outcome

12th Dec 2013, 9:14 AM – Representatives Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2013 - Second Reading - Agree with bill's main idea

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The majority voted to agree with the main idea of the bill, which means the House can now consider it in more detail. In parliamentary jargon, they voted against reading the bill for a second time.

What is the bill's main idea?

The bill is in part a response to media surrounding misconduct by Health Service Union officers.

It was introduced to establish the Registered Organisations Commission to investigate and monitor unions and employer organisations. It also imposes a similar standard disclosure and transparency on union officials as company directors and introduces tougher criminal sanctions.

Read more in the bills digest.

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 Andrew Robb 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.