How Robert Hill voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should maintain or increase the amount of funding allocated to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Division Robert Hill Supporters vote Division outcome

9th Feb 2006, 9:40 AM – Senate Motions - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation - Renewable energy

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Christine Milne.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the announcement by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) that it will redirect its energy research work away from renewable energy towards ‘cleaning up’ coal, a priority of the Australian Government,

(ii) a breakthrough in solar energy technology, developed by the CSIRO and a private company, with a turbine that has the potential to replace coal-fired power stations in 20 years, and

(iii) that the CSIRO has had to look offshore for investment funding to advance its work on the solar turbine technology; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government to re-prioritise its policy and funding objectives to provide more support for renewable energy so that Australian breakthrough research is not forced offshore for further development and commercialisation.

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 Robert Hill 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.