How Alan Ferguson voted compared to someone who believes that the Federal Government should protect whales within Australian waters by, for example, taking action against the Japanese Government over its whaling program in the Southern Ocean

Division Alan Ferguson Supporters vote Division outcome

13th May 2010, 10:13 AM – Senate Motions - Petroleum Exploration - Protect marine wildlife of Margaret River coastline

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Rachel Siewert, which tried to protect the marine wildlife of the Margaret River coastline by preventing petroleum exploration there.

Wording of the motion

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Government has included in the annual release of offshore petroleum exploration areas for 2010 an area 83 km off the coast of Margaret River in south Western Australia,

(ii) the Government is expected to announce its final decision on the release of this area on 16 May 2010,

(iii) up to 90 per cent of the marine life in the south west region of Australia is unique and half of the world’s whale and dolphin species use the region,

(iv) the region is becoming increasingly important for the tourism industry,

(v) the area proposed for release overlaps the Naturaliste Plateau, which is considered likely to be a treasure trove of undiscovered species,

(vi) the south west region is currently undergoing assessment as part of the bioregional marine planning process,

(vii) the proposed new petroleum exploration area overlaps the ‘southwest corner’ area identified within this process for further assessment and potential inclusion in a network of new marine parks under the bioregional marine planning framework, and

(viii) the Montara Commission of Inquiry is still underway, and at the same time a serious oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is threatening large areas of the coast line of the United States of America; and

(b) calls on the Government not to pre-empt the marine protection process and to withdraw the area off the coast of Margaret River from the offshore petroleum exploration areas release program until a network of marine protected areas has been put in place to protect the south west’s unique marine life.

absent Yes 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 Alan Ferguson 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.