How Lin Thorp voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should always consult with local communities that may be affected by infrastructure projects, especially for major infrastructure projects such as dams, pulp mills or nuclear facilities

Division Lin Thorp Supporters vote Division outcome

23rd Jun 2014, 9:38 PM – Senate Infrastructure Australia Amendment Bill 2013 - in Committee - Local community consultation

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The majority voted against an amendment introduced by Greens Party Senator Scott Ludlam.

What was the amendment?

Senator Ludlam explained his amendment, saying that it:

once again adds local communities as a group that [the Government] should consult with in performing its functions ... This is something that goes to the heart of the way that infrastructure is done. They cannot sit in an office on the other side of the country, dropping infrastructure projects in from Google Earth. These things affect people. They actually affect local communities.

Amendment text

(14) Schedule 1, item 10, page 8 (line 28), at the end of section 6B, add:

; (c) local communities.

absent Yes (strong) 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 Lin Thorp 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.