How Amanda Vanstone voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase funding for public transport within and between Australia's major urban centres and prioritise it over funding for private transport infrastructure projects

Division Amanda Vanstone Supporters vote Division outcome

27th Nov 2006, 4:10 PM – Senate Motions - Newcastle City Council - Renewables and public transport

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Bob Brown, which means it was rejected.

Motion text

That the Senate supports the following resolution of Newcastle City Council:

Newcastle City Council recognises the urgent need to protect local and global environments from increasing greenhouse gas emissions and to reduce Newcastle’s role in that increase.

Therefore Newcastle City Council:

1. Recommends that the NSW Government establishes a cap on coal exports from Newcastle at existing levels.

2. Recommends that the NSW Government initiates an independent Inquiry into the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the current coal industry and proposed expansion of the Hunter Valley coal industry.

3. Recommends that pending such an Inquiry, the NSW Government initiates a moratorium on new coal mine approvals at Anvil Hill and elsewhere in NSW.

4. Calls on the NSW and Federal Governments to establish a mandatory renewable energy target of 25% by 2020, with 20% by 2014 as a first step, in keeping with targets set by the South Australian Government.

5. Calls on the NSW Government to establish a contribution of 10c/tonne on coal exports through the Port of Newcastle to fund a community trust to be administered through Hunter Councils, to support a transition to a clean energy economy in the Hunter and to invest in local renewable energy projects.

6. Calls on the NSW Government to build a more efficient public transport system in the Hunter, linking major regional cities defined in the Lower Hunter Regional Strategy.

absent Yes Not passed by a large majority

10th Aug 2006, 9:40 AM – Senate Motions - Fuel Prices - Public transport & alternative fuels

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Greens Senator Christine Milne (Tas), which means it was rejected.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) recognises that the global price of oil is likely to continue to rise because of dwindling global supply, ongoing demand including from the rapidly growing economies of China and India, limited and inflexible refining capacity, interrupted supply because of climate change related storms and infrastructure damage in addition to geo-political factors;

(b) endorses the development of a national strategy to reduce Australia’s dependence on oil; and

(c) calls on the Government to:

(i) establish a Council of Australian Governments process to begin redesigning Australian cities with a view to investing in public transport to reduce car dependence,

(ii) introduce mandatory vehicle fuel efficiency standards for all new motor vehicles, and

(iii) invest in the development of alternative fuels.

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 Amanda Vanstone 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.