How Susan McDonald voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should ensure that all Australians have access to abortion services

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16th Oct 2019 – Senate Motions - Abortion - Congratulate NSW

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to congratulate the New South Wales Parliament for passing a bill to decriminalise abortion. It was introduced by NSW Senator Mehreen Faruqi (Greens).

This was a free vote (also known as a conscience vote), which means that senators could vote according to their own will rather than according to their party position.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that the New South Wales Parliament passed a Bill to decriminalise abortion on 25 September 2019; and

(b) congratulates and thanks all the women and activists who have worked tirelessly for decades to achieve this important reform.

absent Yes 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 Susan McDonald 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.