How Kristina Keneally voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should make it a criminal offence to share intimate images without consent (known colloquially as "revenge porn") and not just leave it up to the state-level governments to criminalise it separately in each State and Territory

Division Kristina Keneally Supporters vote Division outcome

14th Feb 2018, 11:54 AM – Senate Enhancing Online Safety (Non-Consensual Sharing of Intimate Images) Bill 2017 - in Committee - Criminal offences

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The majority voted in favour of an amendment introduced by Senator Stirling Griff (SA), ,which means it succeeded.

Senator Griff explained that:

This amendment introduces three new offences into the Commonwealth Criminal Code with respect to the non-consensual sharing of intimate images—namely, knowingly or recklessly producing intimate images without consent, knowingly or recklessly sharing intimate images without consent, and threatening to take and/or share intimate images without consent, irrespective of whether or not those images exist. These offences make it clear that it is the victim's consent that has paramount consideration and not whether the alleged perpetrator intended to cause harm. These take into consideration the final recommendations of the Senate inquiry into the phenomenon known as revenge porn.

What does the bill do?

The bill was introduced to:

  • prohibit the posting of, or threatening to post, an intimate image without consent on a social media service, relevant electronic service or a designated internet service;
  • establish a complaints and objections system to be administered by the eSafety Commissioner;
  • provide the commissioner with powers to issue removal notices or remedial directions;
  • establish a civil penalty regime to be administered by the commissioner; and
  • enable the commissioner to seek a civil penalty order from a relevant court, issue an infringement notice, obtain an injunction or enforce an undertaking, or issue a formal warning for contraventions of the civil penalty provisions

Note that the bill does not criminalise sharing intimate images without consent. The prohibition it creates is a civil matter, not a criminal one.

Read more in the bills digest.

absent Yes (strong) 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 Kristina Keneally 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.