How Sam Dastyari voted compared to someone who believes that the Federal Government should amend the Marriage Act 1961 so that same-sex couples can marry under Australian law

Division Sam Dastyari Supporters vote Division outcome

29th Nov 2017, 1:30 PM – Senate Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 - Third Reading - Pass the bill

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The majority voted to pass the bill in the Senate. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read the bill for a third time.

The bill will now be sent to the House of Representatives for their consideration.

What does this bill do?

This bill will allow same-sex couples to marry under Australian law. However, it will also:

enable ministers of religion, religious marriage celebrants, chaplains and bodies established for religious purposes to refuse to solemnise or provide facilities, goods and services for marriages on religious grounds; and make amendments ... to provide that a refusal by a minister of religion, religious marriage celebrant or chaplain to solemnise marriage in prescribed circumstances does not constitute unlawful discrimination.

Read more in the bills digest.

absent Yes (strong) 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 Sam Dastyari 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.