How Kevin Rudd voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should amend freedom of information (FOI) legislation to increase public access to government data and documents

Division Kevin Rudd Supporters vote Division outcome

1st Mar 2011, 8:25 PM – Representatives National Broadband Network Companies Bill 2010 — Consideration in Detail — Freedom of information

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The majority voted against an amendment introduced by Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull, which means that it was rejected.

The amendment would have made the NBN Co a prescribed authority for the purpose of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 so that it is not obliged to produce certain documents, such as commercially confidential documents, trade secrets and legal documents.(Read Mr Turnbull's full explanation of his amendment here, after 8:09 pm. )

Background to the bill

The bill was introduced to establish a regulatory framework for ownership, governance and operation of the NBN Co and its subsidiary corporations.(Read more about the bill in its bills digest. ) It was introduced along with the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (National Broadband Network Measures-Access Arrangements) Bill 2010.(Read more about that related bill in its bills digest.)

The NBN Co was created to build and operate the National Broadband Network ('NBN'), a key Labor Government policy.

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 Kevin Rudd 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.