How Bob Day voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should take national action to increase housing affordability so that all Australians have the chance to buy their own home

Division Bob Day Supporters vote Division outcome

11th Oct 2016, 4:00 PM – Senate Motions - Housing Affordability - Negative gearing & capital gains tax discount

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon, which means it was unsuccessful.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Australian dwellings increased in price by 10 per cent in 2015-16, indicating a clear national housing affordability crisis, with Sydney prices increasing by 13 per cent and Melbourne by 13.9 per cent, and

(ii) significant causes of these price increases include distortionary negative gearing and capital gains tax discount policies; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to significantly reform negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount to ensure housing is more affordable for first home buyers.

absent Yes Not passed by a small majority

17th Jun 2015, 3:57 PM – Senate Motions - Housing Affordability - First home buyers and public housing

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The majority voted against a motion on housing affordability introduced by Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon, which means it was unsuccessful.

Note that housing is primarily a matter for the state governments, rather than the federal government.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the median Sydney house price has increased from $73 000 in 1985 to over $914 000 in 2015,

(ii) the ratio of housing price to income in Sydney has increased from 3.4 to 11.4 over that same period,

(iii) currently 41 per cent of all housing finance is for the purposes of investment, compared to 16 per cent in 1992, and

(iv) a poll published in the week beginning 14 June 2015 found that 80 per cent of Sydneysiders said housing was not affordable, compared to a national average of 69 per cent; and

(b) calls on the Government to immediately review the existing beneficial tax arrangements for property investment with a view to improving housing affordability for first home buyers, and providing housing for those on social housing waiting lists and those experiencing homelessness.

absent Yes 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 Bob Day 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.