How Laurie Ferguson voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should extend compensation to all Australian victims of overseas terrorism since the 11 September 2001 attack, or to their next of kin

Division Laurie Ferguson Supporters vote Division outcome

29th Nov 2012, 6:29 PM – Representatives Private Members' Business - Victims of Terrorism - Compensate victims since 10 September 2001

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The majority voted against a motion to make compensation available for victims of overseas terrorist acts since 10 September 2001, or their next of kin.

Wording of the motion

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) since the devastating terrorist attacks in the United States on 11 September 2001, over 100 Australians have died and many others have suffered injury as a result of terrorist attacks overseas;

(b) the victims of 'September 11', the two Bali bombings, the London and Jakarta bombings and the Mumbai terrorist attacks, were targeted because they were citizens of countries where people could choose how they lived and what faith they might follow; and

(c) 12 October 2012 will mark the tenth anniversary of the 2002 Bali bombings;

(2) recognises that:

(a) many Australian families continue to suffer as a result of their loss and injury from overseas terrorist acts;

(b) victims of overseas terrorism have not been entitled to compensation such as that received by domestic victims of crime under the various State and Territory victims of crime schemes; and

(c) the Government did not support amendments to the Social Security Amendment (Supporting Australian Victims of Terrorism Overseas) Bill 2012 which would have provided assistance for any action after 10 September 2001; and

(3) supports the Coalition’s request that the Minister make the appropriate retrospective declarations so that all of the Australian victims of overseas terrorism acts since 10 September 2001, or their next of kin, can receive this important, but modest, help.

absent Yes (strong) Not passed by a small majority

21st Jun 2012, 2:42 PM – Representatives Social Security Amendment (Supporting Australian Victims of Terrorism Overseas) Bill 2011 - Consideration in Detail - Compensate past victims

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An equal number of members voted for and against Liberal MP Michael Keenan's amendments. Since the Deputy Speaker gave her casting vote with with noes, the amendments failed.

What are the amendments?

The amendments would have made sure that the bill could apply to past victims of terrorism, rather than being restricted to possible future victims.

Background to the bill

The bill introduces a compensation scheme, called the Australian Victim of Terrorism Overseas Payment (the AVTO Payment), for Australian victims of overseas terrorist acts, or their close family members if they are killed.

Shadow Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Tony Abbott, previously introduced a Private Member's bill to give assistance to these victims. The bill was called the Assisting the Victims of International Terrorism Bill 2009 and lapsed at the end of the 42nd Parliament (2007-2010).

Read more about the bill and its background in the bills digest.

absent Yes (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 Laurie Ferguson 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.