How Bob Carr voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should allow live animal export and place minimal restrictions on it

Division Bob Carr Supporters vote Division outcome

15th May 2013, 3:53 PM – Senate Motions - Live Animal Exports - Establish Office of Animal Welfare

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon, which means that it was rejected. The motion was:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that:

(i) in November 2011, the Federal Labor Conference voted against phasing out the live export trade but agreed to establish an independent Office of Animal Welfare,

(ii) in November 2012 the Labor Caucus voted to have the Caucus Live Animal Export Working Group develop a model for an Office of Animal Welfare to be presented to Caucus by the end of February 2013, and

(iii) in February 2012, the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig) failed to show clear support for the establishment of an office under questioning from the Australian Greens in Senate estimates, stating 'we will continue to look at the issue'; and

(b) calls on the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to immediately report to Parliament on the progress to establish the Office of Animal Welfare and commit to legislation establishing the office before the 14 September 2013 election.

absent No Not passed by a modest majority

13th Mar 2012 – Senate Motions - Live Animal Exports - Against live animal export

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon, which means it was rejected. The motion was:

That the Senate-

(a)   notes:

(i)   footage of animal cruelty at the Temur Petir and Cakung abattoirs in Jakarta that was aired on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation television program _Lateline on 28 February 2012 shows serious and systematic breaches of the Government's new Export Supply Chain Assurance System,_(See that Lateline program here.)

(ii)   the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals [RSPCA] Chief Scientist has identified 61 observed incidents of non-compliance with the Government's own supply chain assurance elements at the Temur Petir and Cakung abattoirs,

(iii)   the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig) has refused to publicly reveal whether Australian cattle are being exported to the Temur Petir and Cakung abattoirs,

(iv)   that making this information public would not compromise any departmental investigation, and without it the public can have no confidence that the Government's new system to protect animal welfare is being monitored and enforced,

(v)   a Perth-based cattle exporter, International Livestock Exports, announced on 29 February that it had suspended shipments to one of the Indonesian abattoirs in question, placing the industry response ahead of the Government's response to the situation, and

(vi)   that animal rights activists such as Animals Australia and the Indonesian activists who filmed the Jakarta abattoirs are to be congratulated for exposing the continuing cruelty in the live export industry and the failure of Australia's new regulatory regime; and

(b)   calls on the Government to:

(i)   confirm whether Australian cattle are being exported to the Temur Petir and Cakung abattoirs,

(ii)   publicly disclose the names of any companies involved in exporting live cattle to the Temur Petir and Cakung abattoirs in Jakarta,

(iii)   immediately suspend the export licences of those companies involved in exporting live cattle to the Temur Petir and Cakung abattoirs in Jakarta until an investigation has been conducted,

(iv)   urgently put more resources into monitoring and enforcement of the supply chain assurance system to ensure that animal welfare is prioritised in the Government's new regulatory regime, and

(v)   move to introduce a ban on live animal exports.

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absent No (strong) Not passed by a modest 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 Bob Carr 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.