How Steve Martin voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase investment in renewable energy technologies

Division Steve Martin Supporters vote Division outcome

26th Nov 2018, 3:51 PM – Senate Motions - Renewable Energy - Cheap, reliable and clean

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Independent Senator Tim Storer, which means it succeeded. Motions like these don't make any legal changes on their own but since they represent the will of the Senate.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Australia in blessed with world-class renewable energy and energy storage resources,

(ii) the price of renewable energy continues to decline, setting new records year on year,

(iii) utility-scale wind and solar farms are the cheapest form of new-build electricity generation in Australia today,

(iv) Australia has the highest penetration of rooftop solar in the world, with close to two million households having installed solar systems to help them to reduce their power bills, and

(v) South Australia's Honesdale Power Reserve, the world's biggest grid connected lithium-ion battery, is showing how new technology can put downward pressure on electricity prices and allow for the successful integration of high levels of wind and solar energy; and

(b) agrees that renewable energy, coupled with energy storage technologies, can provide "fair dinkum power" that is cheap, reliable and clean.

absent Yes Passed by a small majority

12th Sep 2018, 10:04 AM – Senate Treasury Laws Amendment (Accelerated Depreciation for Small Business Entities) Bill 2018 - in Committee - Encourage energy-efficiency

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The majority voted against an amendment introduced by Greens Senator Nick McKim, which means it failed.

Senator McKim explained that:

This amendment would encourage and incentivise small businesses to invest into infrastructure and assets that would result in an energy-efficiency dividend for small businesses, which would bring Australia's emissions profile down as well as improve the bottom line of small businesses. It would also encourage and incentivise small businesses to reduce their use of fossil fuels and to fuel-switch from gas to electricity.

absent Yes 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 Steve Martin 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.