voted compared to someone who believes that
the federal government should increase transparency requirements for political parties (for example, requiring full and prompt disclosure of any political donations on easy-to-search public websites)
The same number of senators voted for and against the main idea of the bill, which means that the vote failed and that the bill won't be considered any further.
In parliamentary jargon, the bill won't be read a second time.
Main idea of the bill
The bill amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 in relation to political donations. For example, it proposed to reduce the donations disclosure threshold from $10 900 to $1000 and to ban foreign and anonymous donations to registered political parties. Read more about the proposed amendments in the bills digest.
The majority voted against a motion introduced by Australian Democrats Senator Andrew Murray (WA), which means it was unsuccessful.
What was the motion?
That the Senate—
(i) that the Canadian Government has delivered on its commitment to make government more accountable through the Federal Accountability Act, which received Royal Assent on 12 December 2006,
(ii) that through this Act and the associated Action Plan, specific measures will be introduced to help strengthen accountability and increase transparency and oversight in government operations, and
(iii) that the Canadian bill addresses issues which include:
(a) Transparency of donations;
(b) Truth in budgeting;
(c) Protection of whistleblowers;
(d) Strengthening the role of the Auditor-General and the role of the Ethics Commissioner; and
(e) Restrictions on Ministers, ministerial staffers and senior public servants engaging in lobbying after leaving office.
(b) and calls on the Australian Government to consider whether the existing legislative framework in Australia adequately addresses these issues in the interests of Australian democracy.
Not 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
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.