How John Madigan voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should introduce a National Broadband Network ('NBN') using the fibre to the premises ('FTTP') design

Division John Madigan Supporters vote Division outcome

15th Sep 2011 – Senate National Broadband Network Financial Transparency Bill 2010 (No. 2) — Second Reading — Read a second time

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The majority voted against a motion to read the bill for a second time. This means that the majority rejected the main idea of the bill and that it will not be considered any further.(Read more about the stages that a bill must pass through to become law here. )

Background to the bill

The bill was introduced as a private member's bill by Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham and relates to the National Broadband Network ('NBN'), which is a key Labor Government initiative.(Read more about the NBN on Wikipedia here. ) Its purpose is to require the NBN Co to prepare a business case for the NBN and publish it by 19 November 2010. It also requires the Productivity Commission to prepare a cost-benefit analysis and publish it by 31 May 2011.(Read more about the bill here.)

absent No 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 John Madigan 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.