How Brett Mason voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should make it harder for individuals and corporations to avoid or aggressively minimise their Australian tax obligations and take part in international efforts to keep track of these individuals and corporations by sharing income and asset information

Division Brett Mason Supporters vote Division outcome

2nd Oct 2014, 12:15 PM – Senate Motions - Taxation - Corporate tax evasion

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The majority of senators voted for Green Senator for Tasmania Christine Milne's motion to act on corporate tax evasion.

Wording of the motion

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the recent release of the Who Pays for our Common Wealth? report by Tax Justice Network and United Voice, and

(ii) That the report found that of Australia's largest 200 companies, 29 per cent have an effective tax rate of 10 per cent or less, and 14 per cent have an effective tax rate of 0 per cent;

(b) recognises that instead of targeting the poor, the sick and the young with its cruel budget, the Government could raise billions in revenue if companies paid the full 30 per cent tax rate; and

(c) urges the Government:

(i) to act on corporate tax evasion in Australia immediately, rather than unnecessarily waiting for the G20 in November 2014, and

(ii) introduce legislation that requires Australian corporations to disclose all foreign subsidiaries in their financial statements.

absent Yes Passed by a small majority

25th Nov 2009, 4:49 PM – Senate Motions - Overseas Tax Havens - Deplorable

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The majority voted against a motion "That the Senate deplores the use of overseas tax havens". This means that the motion failed.

The motion was introduced by Greens Senator Bob Brown.

absent Yes (strong) Not passed by a large 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.