How Ian Macfarlane voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase funding for university education

Division Ian Macfarlane Supporters vote Division outcome

3rd Dec 2013, 8:16 PM – Representatives Higher Education Support Amendment (Savings and Other Measures) Bill 2013 - 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 in order to become law here. ) which was moved by the Minister for Education Christopher Pyne. This means that the majority agree with the main idea of the bill.

Background to the bill

The bill was introduced to remove the HECS-HELP up-front payment discount for units of study with a census date on or after 1 January 2014 and remove the HELP voluntary repayment bonus for repayments made on or after 1 January 2014.(Read more about tertiary education fees and funding in Australia here.) It also applies an efficiency dividend of 2 per cent in 2014 and 1.25 per cent in 2015 to Commonwealth contribution amounts under the Commonwealth Grant Scheme.

absent No Passed by a small majority

20th Jun 2013, 1:31 PM – Representatives Private Members' Business - University Funding - Reverse decision to cut univeristy funding

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens MP Adam Bandt, which means that it was unsuccessful. The motion was:

That this House:

(1) condemns the Government's $2.3 billion cuts to university funding and student support; and(Learn more about thee cuts on ABC's Lateline here. )

(2) calls on the Government to reverse the decision.(Read Mr Bandt's explanation of the motion here.)

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absent Yes Not passed by a large 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 Ian Macfarlane 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.