How Barry O'Sullivan voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase the tax rate for working holiday visa holders so that they are taxed at a rate of 15% on every dollar earned up to $37,000

Division Barry O'Sullivan Supporters vote Division outcome

1st Dec 2016, 8:33 PM – Senate Income Tax Rates Amendment (Working Holiday Maker Reform) Bill 2016 (No. 2) - Third Reading - Pass the bill

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

Because the bill has already been passed in the House of Representatives, it will now become law.

What is this bill?

The Government has already tried to pass this bill once in November but was unsuccessful because the Senate wanted to make changes to the bill that the House of Representatives didn't agree with.

It is part of a series of bills to change the income tax arrangements for working holiday visa holders. If passed, they will mean that visa holders will be taxed from the first dollar earned, rather than having the usual tax free threshold.

The original version of this bill would have applied a tax rate of 19% for visa holders earning up to $37,000. This new version will apply a tax rate of 15%.

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a modest majority

1st Dec 2016, 8:25 PM – Senate Income Tax Rates Amendment (Working Holiday Maker Reform) Bill 2016 (No. 2) - in Committee - Don't insist on amendments

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The majority voted in favour of not insisting on the amendments the Senate had previously voted for but the House of Representatives had voted against.

This means that the Senate can now decide on whether to pass the bill as it is (that is, without those amendments).

What is this bill?

The Government has already tried to pass this bill once in November but was unsuccessful because the Senate wanted to make changes to the bill that the House of Representatives didn't agree with.

It is part of a series of bills to change the income tax arrangements for working holiday visa holders. If passed, they will mean that visa holders will be taxed from the first dollar earned, rather than having the usual tax free threshold.

The original version of this bill would have applied a tax rate of 19% for visa holders earning up to $37,000. This new version will apply a tax rate of 15%.

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 Barry O'Sullivan 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.