How Joe Ludwig voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should maintain or increase funding for the legal assistance sector (Legal Aid, community legal centres, etc.)

Division Joe Ludwig Supporters vote Division outcome

26th Mar 2015, 1:18 PM – Senate Motions - Legal Aid- Increase funding

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The majority voted against a motion moved by Greens Senator Penny Wright.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes the effects of Commonwealth funding uncertainty on the legal assistance sector, including the possible closure of community legal centres, staff loss, a reduction in services to clients and declining staff morale;

(b) acknowledges that, unless this uncertainty is addressed and funding restored, critical services directed at family violence, child protection, disability and mental health and services to regional, remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities may be irrevocably compromised;

(c) accepts the findings of the Productivity Commission's 2014 report on access to justice, which recommended an additional $200 million in Commonwealth, state and territory funding be provided for civil legal assistance services to address urgent need; and

(d) calls on the Federal Government to immediately address the funding uncertainty and include increased funding for the legal assistance sector in the 2015-16 Federal Budget.

absent Yes (strong) 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 Joe Ludwig 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.