How Tony Abbott voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should make laws that ensure that the minister can control what items people are allowed to bring into Australia's immigration detention centres by, for example, passing laws that allow authorised officers to search both facilities and people and seize any prohibited items found

Division Tony Abbott Supporters vote Division outcome

7th Feb 2018, 4:55 PM – Representatives Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2017 - Second Reading - Main idea of the bill

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The majority voted in favour of the main idea of the bill, which means our Members of Parliament (MPs) can now start discussing it in more detail.

In parliamentary jargon, this was a vote to read the bill for a second time.

Main idea of the bill

The bill was introduced to allow the minister to decide that something is a 'prohibited item' in relation to an immigration detention facility and increases the powers of authorised officers and assistants to search both facilities and people entering those facilities in order to find and seize those items.

Read more in the bills digest.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

7th Feb 2018, 4:48 PM – Representatives Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2017 - Second Reading - Don't read the bill a second time

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The majority voted against this motion that would have amended the usual second reading motion ("That this bill be now read a second time") with the following words:

That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

"the House declines to give the bill a second reading because the bill as written is too broad, poorly drafted and has unintended consequences"

Had this motion been successful, the bill would have failed in the House of Representatives and so wouldn't have been considered any further.

What does this bill do?

The bill was introduced to allow the minister to decide that something is a 'prohibited item' in relation to an immigration detention facility and increases the powers of authorised officers and assistants to search both facilities and people entering those facilities in order to find and seize those items.

Read more in the bills digest.

absent No (strong) 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 Tony Abbott 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.