How Nick Xenophon voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase the limit on the total amount of Commonwealth stock and securities that may be on issue at any time (known as the 'debt limit') or remove the limit altogether

Division Nick Xenophon Supporters vote Division outcome

25th Jun 2012, 9:35 PM – Senate Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2012-2013 - Second Reading - Increase debt limit

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The majority voted in favour of a motion that part 5 clauses 18 and 19 stand as printed. In other words, that part 5 clauses 18 and 19 remain unchanged.

Clause 18 amends the Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Act 1911 to raise the debt limit from $250 to $300. Clause 19 is concerned with the application of Clause 19.

This motion was put after Liberal Senator Mathias Cormann moved a motion that those two clauses be opposed.(Read Senator Cormann's explanation for his motion and the associated debate here. )

Background to the bill

The purpose of the bill is to appropriate money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure.(Read more about appropriation bills and what they do more generally here. ) It also amends the Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Act 1911 to increase the cap on the face value of stock and securities that can be on issue under the Treasurer’s standing borrowing authority to from $250 billion to $300 billion.(You can find more about the bill, including its bills digest, here.)


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 Nick Xenophon 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.