How Brett Mason voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should privatise government owned assets

Division Brett Mason Supporters vote Division outcome

28th Aug 2014, 10:02 AM – Senate Land Transport Infrastructure Amendment Bill 2014 - Second Reading - Read a second time

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The majority voted in favour of a motion that the bill be read a second time.(Read more about the stages that a bill must pass through to become law here. ) This means that the majority agree with the main idea of the bill and that the Senate can now consider the bill in more detail.

Background to the bill

In the 2013 election campaign, the Coalition said that it would be an infrastructure-focused government and committed to finding ways to encourage the private sector to become more involved in infrastructure financing. This bill reflects that commitment by amending the Nation Building Program (National Land Transport) Act 2009 ('the Act') to allow partnerships and non-corporate Commonwealth entities, such as public private partnerships, to be funded. The bill also renames the Act to the National Land Transport Act 2014 and continues the Roads to Recovery Programme after 30 June 2014, when it is currently scheduled to end.(Read more about the bill in the bills digest.)

absent Yes Passed by a large majority

13th Sep 2007, 9:43 AM – Senate Motions - New South Wales Electricity Industry - Abandon plan to privatise

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Kerry Nettle, which means that it was rejected. The motion was:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the New South Wales Government is openly canvassing the privatisation of its electricity industry, despite going to successive elections with a promise to keep the industry in public hands,

(ii) electricity generation is responsible for 37 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions from New South Wales,

(iii) public utilities in New South Wales employ 24 000 people,

(iv) privatisation of the New South Wales electricity industry will have serious, irreversible and negative effects on Australia’s response to climate change, employment in regional Australia and government revenue, and

(v) the New South Wales Government was forced to abandon its plan to privatise the Snowy Mountains Scheme by a concerted community campaign; and

(b) calls on the New South Wales Government to also abandon its support for privatising the electricity industry either by sale or lease.

absent No Not passed by a large majority

5th Dec 2006, 12:47 PM – Senate Medibank Private Sale Bill 2006 - Third Reading - Read a third time

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to read the bill for a third time.(Read more about the stages that a bill must pass through here. ) This means that the majority agree that the bill should be passed in the Senate. As it has already passed in the House of Representatives,(See that division here. ) the bill will now become law.

Background to the bill

The bill was introduced to allow the federal government to sell its interest in Medibank Private Limited and allow Medibank to operate on a “for profit” basis. The Coalition Government plans to do this after the 2007 election, should it be re-elected.(Read more about this privatisation proposal on Wikipedia here and on the ABC's World Today program here.)

absent Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

4th Dec 2006, 8:28 PM – Senate Medibank Private Sale Bill 2006 - Second Reading - Read a second time

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to read the bill for a second time.(Read more about the stages that a bill must pass through here. ) This means that the majority of senators agree with the main idea of the bill and can now discuss it in more detail.

One senator, Australian Democrat Senator Andrew Bartlett, rebelled against his party and crossed the floor to vote 'no' against this motion.(Read more about what it means to cross the floor in our FAQ Section. )

Background to the bill

The bill was introduced to allow the federal government to sell its interest in Medibank Private Limited and allow Medibank to operate on a “for profit” basis. The Coalition Government plans to do this after the 2007 election, should it be re-elected.(Read more about this privatisation proposal on Wikipedia here and on the ABC's World Today program here.)

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 Brett Mason 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.