How Andrew Robb voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase fishing restrictions so that fish populations are sustainable

Division Andrew Robb Supporters vote Division outcome

13th Sep 2012, 4:59 PM – Representatives Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Declared Fishing Activities) Bill 2012 - Consideration in Detail - Agree to the bill

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to agree to the bill, as amended.(Read more about the stages that a bill must pass through to become law here. ) This means that the majority agreed with the bill and they can now decide on whether to pass it in the House of Representatives.

Background to the bill

The bill was introduced "to establish an independent expert panel to conduct an assessment into the potential environmental, social and economic impacts of a declared commercial fishing activity and to prohibit the declared commercial fishing activity while the assessment is undertaken".(Read more about the bill, including the text of the bill and its explanatory memoranda, here. )

It was introduced following the controversial arrival of the super trawler FV Margiris into Australian waters. Opponents to the trawler argue that its presence "will cause localised overfishing and could drive away bluefin tuna".(Read more about the arguments against the super trawler here. ) Supporters disagree, saying the trawler's quota is sustainable.(As above. ) Environment Minister Tony Burke position was there "there was significant uncertainty regarding the impact of such a large fishing vessel on the marine environment",(Read more in the bills digest.) hence the need for an assessment into the potential impacts.

absent Yes Passed by a small majority

13th Sep 2012, 4:31 PM – Representatives Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Declared Fishing Activities) Bill 2012 - 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 to become law here. ) This means that the majority agreed with the main idea of the bill.

Background to the bill

The bill was introduced "to establish an independent expert panel to conduct an assessment into the potential environmental, social and economic impacts of a declared commercial fishing activity and to prohibit the declared commercial fishing activity while the assessment is undertaken".(Read more about the bill, including the text of the bill and its explanatory memoranda, here. )

It was introduced following the controversial arrival of the super trawler FV Margiris into Australian waters. Opponents to the trawler argue that its presence "will cause localised overfishing and could drive away bluefin tuna".(Read more about the arguments against the super trawler here. ) Supporters disagree, saying the trawler's quota is sustainable.(As above. ) Environment Minister Tony Burke position was there "there was significant uncertainty regarding the impact of such a large fishing vessel on the marine environment",(Read more in the bills digest.) hence the need for an assessment into the potential impacts.

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 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.