How George Brandis voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should establish a Royal Commission to investigate and report on violence and abuse against people with disability in light of the the disproportionately high number of reports of abuse of Australians with a disability by people who are meant to care for them

Division George Brandis Supporters vote Division outcome

29th Mar 2017, 4:14 PM – Senate Motions - Institutional Care - For a royal commission

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The majority voted against a motion that called for a royal commission into abuse, violence and neglect of people with disability in institutional and residential settings.

The motion was introduced by Greens Senator Rachel Siewert (WA).

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) on 27 March 2017, the ABC's Four Corners program clearly showed that abuse, violence and neglect of people with disability in institutional and residential care continues,

(ii) previous evidence of severe abuse, violence and neglect was revealed by the media and during an inquiry of the Community Affairs References Committee,

(iii) on 25 November 2015, the Community Affairs References Committee tabled a report in the Senate with 30 recommendations addressing widespread instances of abuse, violence and neglect of people with disability in residential and institutional settings, and

(iv) the Government responded to the recommendations in this report on 2 March 2017, where they refused to commit to a royal commission into the issue; and

(b) calls on the Government to reconsider its decision and commit to a royal commission into abuse, violence and neglect of people with disability in institutional and residential settings.

absent Yes Not 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 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.