How Brian Burston voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase funding for university education

Division Brian Burston Supporters vote Division outcome

15th Sep 2016, 9:16 PM – Senate Budget Savings (Omnibus) Bill 2016 - Second Reading - Higher education funding

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, which means it was unsuccessful.

Motion text

At the end of the motion, add:

, but the Senate rejects the slashing of more than $514 million from higher education programs and support for students as inappropriate saving measures that will hurt Australian students and universities and damage Australia's international reputation as an innovative leader in education.

absent Yes 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 Brian Burston 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.