How Zed Seselja voted compared to someone who believes that university students should be able to choose whether or not to pay student services and amenities fees (also called student union fees)

Division Zed Seselja Supporters vote Division outcome

17th Oct 2017, 3:52 PM – Senate Motions - Higher Education - Student Services and Amenities Fee

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Australian Conservatives Senator Cory Bernardi, which means it was unsuccessful.

Motion text

(b) calls on the Government to amend the Higher Education Support Act 2003 so that the SSAF can only be levied with the support of the majority of students at each university campus in a mandatory ballot conducted once an academic year.

absent Yes Not passed by a large majority

17th Oct 2017, 3:48 PM – Senate Motions - Higher Education - Student Services and Amenities Fee

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Australian Conservatives Senator Cory Bernardi. Although motions like these have no legal force, they do represent the view of the Senate and so can be politically influential.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) over one million Australian tertiary students are forced to pay up to $294 per year as a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF),

(ii) students at the moment have very little say in how the SSAF monies are spent by their universities and student associations, and

(iii) SSAF is levied regardless of students' need, willingness and ability to access the services and activities they are paying for; and

absent Yes Passed by a modest majority

26th Nov 2015, 12:12 PM – Senate Motions - Student Services and Amenities Fee - Students should have to agree to SSAF

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Family First Senator Bob Day, which asked that students at each campus should be able to decide for themselves whether or not pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) with a mandatory ballot each year.

Wording of the motion

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) over one million Australian tertiary students are forced to pay up to $286 per year as a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF),

(ii) students at the moment have very little say in how the SSAF monies are spent by their universities and student associations, and

(iii) SSAF is levied regardless of students' need, willingness and ability to access the services and activities they are paying for; and

(b) calls on the Government to amend the Higher Education Support Act so That the SSAF can only be levied with the support of the majority of students at each university campus in a mandatory ballot conducted once an academic year.

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 Zed Seselja 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.