How Harry Jenkins voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase the limit on the total amount of Commonwealth stock and securities that may be on issue at any time (known as the 'debt limit') or remove the limit altogether

Division Harry Jenkins Supporters vote Division outcome

4th Feb 2009, 5:24 AM – Representatives Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Amendment Bill 2009 - 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.

This means that the majority of Members of Parliament (MPs) agree with the main idea of the bill and will now decide whether to pass it in the House of Representatives, which subsequently occurred without division.(See Open Australia for this vote. )

Background to the bill

The bill was introduced to amend the Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Act 1911 so that the Treasurer is authorised to increase the cap on the face value of Commonwealth Government Securities on issue by $125 billion in special circumstances.(Read more about the bill here, including its explanatory memorandum and bills digest.) Prior to this, there was a debt limit of $75 billion, which had been introduced by the Commonwealth Securities and Investment Legislation Amendment Act 2008.


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 Harry Jenkins 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.