How Carol Brown voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase funding for the vocational education sector, which includes TAFEs, apprenticeships and traineeships

Division Carol Brown Supporters vote Division outcome

17th Oct 2019, 11:49 AM – Senate Emergency Response Fund Bill 2019 and another - in Committee - $1 billion to TAFE

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The majority voted against amendments introduced by Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie, which means they failed.

Senator Lambie explained that:

These amendments retain $1 billion in the Education Investment Fund and transfer the remaining amount to the Emergency Response Fund. I don't expect these to pass, and let's consider why. This bill whips up a $4 billion opportunity to fund TAFE and turns it into a $4 billion fund to fund disaster responses. The government say: 'Don't worry about that. TAFEs have had enough money as it is. We're giving them plenty of money. They don't need $4 billion. You know what they say!'

I say you're living in a fantasy land. You think TAFEs have too much money? Where are you living!

absent Yes (strong) Not passed by a large majority

17th Oct 2019, 11:31 AM – Senate Emergency Response Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019 - in Committee - The Education Investment Fund

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The majority voted in favour of a motion that schedule 2 of the Emergency Response Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019 stand as printed. In other words, they wanted to keep that schedule unchanged.

What is Schedule 2?

Schedule 2 abolishes the Education Investment Fund ("EIF"). According to the bills digest:

The EIF was established on 1 January 2009 by section 131 of the Nation-building Funds Act 2008 (NBF Act), to provide dedicated ongoing capital funding for tertiary education and research infrastructure, including for universities, vocational education and training providers and other non-university organisations.

The EIF was intended to provide a large-scale funding source for transformational projects which would allow Australian research and tertiary education institutions to compete effectively with international counterparts.

Unlike many other tertiary education infrastructure funding programs, the EIF was not limited to supporting research infrastructure, but instead funded a wide range of investments, including learning and teaching spaces.

absent No (strong) 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 Carol Brown 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.