How Santo Santoro voted compared to someone who believes that the Federal Government should amend the Marriage Act 1961 so that same-sex couples can marry under Australian law

Division Santo Santoro Supporters vote Division outcome

8th Feb 2007, 10:47 AM – Senate Motions - Same-Sex Relationships - ACT legalising same-sex relationships

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Kerry Nettle. This means that the motion was rejected.

The motion was:

That the Senate notes the right of the Australia Capital Territory Government to legislate for the legal recognition of same-sex relationships.(Read more about the recognition of same-sex unions in the ACT on Wikipedia.)


absent Yes Not passed by a small majority

15th Jun 2006, 1:06 PM – Senate Motions - Australian Capital Territory Civil Unions Legislation - Disallow the government's attempt to disallow the legislation

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Senator Kerry Nettle also on behalf of Senators Joe Ludwig and Natasha Stott Despoja.

The motion was: "That the instrument made by the Governor-General on 13 June 2006 under subsection 35(2) of the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988, disallowing the Civil Unions Act 2006 (ACT), be disallowed."

This motion would have disallowed the federal government’s intervention in the ACT Civil Unions Act 2006, when the Federal Executive Council told the Governor-General to disallow the Act.(Read more about the Act and the federal government's intervention here. )

Liberal Party Senator Gary Humphries rebelled against his party as he crossed the floor to vote 'aye' with the Opposition.(Read more about what it means to be a rebel in our FAQ Section. )

Background to the motion

The Civil Unions Bill 2006 was introduced "to provide a scheme for two people, regardless of their sex, to enter into a formally recognised union (a civil union) that attracts the same rights and obligations as would attach to married spouses under Territory law."(Read more in the explanatory statement that is available here. ) This bill was passed in the ACT Legislative Assembly on 11 May 2006.(Learn more about the passing of the ACT Bill here on the ABC's PM Program.)


absent Yes Not 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 Santo Santoro 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.