How John Williams voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should establish a Select Committee on Certain Aspects of Queensland Government Administration related to Commonwealth Government Affairs

Division John Williams Supporters vote Division outcome

30th Sep 2014, 5:25 PM – Senate Committees - Certain Aspects of Queensland Government Administration - Create a select committee

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The majority want to create a select committee on certain aspects of Queensland government administration, which was proposed by Palmer United Party Senator Glenn Lazarus.

What will the committee do?

The motion would ask the committee to inquire into and report on:

But! Because of Australia's federal system of government, the committee can only look into these things if they in some way relate to the Commonwealth.

Senator Lazarus explained that he believed the motion was necessary because "serious issues have been raised across the community regarding Queensland government appointments, judicial appointments, project approvals, use of funds, policies and practices, environmental degradation and various other matters" (see his full explanation).

Background to the motion

This is the second time that Palmer United Party Senator Glenn Lazarus has introduced this motion. The first time failed because Liberal Senator Eric Abetz managed to amend the motion so the period of inquiry would begin from 21 March 2009 and therefore include former Labor Premier Anna Bligh's government.

Following that successful amendment, the motion lost the Labor Party's support and so was voted down without a division (see ABC News).

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

23rd Sep 2014, 6:10 PM – Senate Committees - Certain Aspects of Queensland Government Administration - Speed up consideration of motion

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The majority agreed that the motion to establish a select committee should be called on immediately so it can be moved and determined without debate.

What will the committee do?

The select committee will inquire into and report on:

But! Because of Australia's federal system of government, the committee can only look into these things if they in some way relate to the Commonwealth.

Background to the motion

Palmer United Party Senator Glenn Lazarus explained that he proposed to establish this select committee because "serious issues have been raised across the community regarding Queensland government appointments, judicial appointments, project approvals, use of funds, policies and practices, environmental degradation and various other matters" (see his full explanation).

absent Yes 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 John Williams 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.