How George Brandis voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should remove the current parallel import restrictions on books (also known as territorial copyright protections) so that an Australian territorial rights holder of a particular book cannot prevent others from importing that book from outside Australia at potentially lower prices

Division George Brandis Supporters vote Division outcome

27th Oct 2009, 3:45 PM – Senate Motions - Parallel Import Restrictions on Books - Territorial copyright protection

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The majority voted against the motion introduced by Greens Senator Christine Milne and Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.

Wording of the motion

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the experience from around the world does not support claims from the Productivity Commission and others that removing territorial copyright protection would reduce the market price for books, and

(ii) there is ample evidence that removing territorial copyright protection would hurt Australia’s writers, publishers and printers, damaging both Australia’s culture and economy; and

(b) calls on the Government to abandon the plans, inherited from the Howard Government, to remove or restrict territorial copyright protection for books.

absent No (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 George Brandis 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.