How Nick Sherry voted compared to someone who believes that local government should be recognised in the Australian Constitution

Division Nick Sherry Supporters vote Division outcome

7th Sep 2006, 9:56 AM – Senate Motions - Local Government in Australia - Referendum

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The majority voted against an amendment introduced by Labor Senator Kim Carr.

It would have amended a motion introduced by Liberal Senator Chris Ellison by replacing the words:

(a) [That the Senate] recognises that local government is part of the governance of Australia, serving communities through locally-elected councils;

with the words:

(a) [That the Senate] supports a referendum to extend constitutional recognition to local government in recognition of the essential role it plays in the governance of Australia;


There are three tiers of government in Australia: federal, state and local. Currently, the Australian Constitution does not mention local governments. In 1988, a referendum was held to amend the Constitution so that it recognises local governments but it was unsuccessful.

absent Yes 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 Nick Sherry 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.