How Stephen Conroy voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase the amount of the age pension

Division Stephen Conroy Supporters vote Division outcome

15th Oct 2008, 3:38 PM – Senate Motions - Fair Go for Pensioners Coalition (FGFP) - Consider incorporating FGFP's statement of claims

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Bob Brown, which means that it was unsuccessful. The motion was:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the following statement of claims from the Fair Go for Pensioners Coalition:

‘1. That the Federal Government increases the pension rate from 25% of average weekly earnings to 35% of average weekly earnings until a more appropriate pension measure is developed. 2. That proper and improved healthcare measures for pensioners are prioritised, including medical, dental, optical, hearing, pharmaceutical and culturally appropriate services. 3. That the level of funding for aged care services, including culturally appropriate services, is significantly increased and extended to meet the growing demand in this area. 4. That our pensions are not restricted due to overseas travel to visit loved ones. 5. That legislation/regulations be enacted to protect older people considering taking out reverse mortgages. 6. That a thorough review of the means test and GST impact for pensioners and concessions should be undertaken to ensure that pensioners are not losing out.’; and

(b) asks the Government to consider it for inclusion in the 2008-09 Budget.

absent Yes Not passed by a large majority

16th Aug 2007, 10:22 AM – Senate Motions - Age Pension - Increase age pension

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Bob Brown, which means that it was unsuccessful. The motion was:

That the Senate- (a) notes that: (i) Australia is experiencing a period of record economic growth, and (ii) the 2007-08 Federal Budget provided tax cuts to those earning more than $75,000, at a cost of $3.5 billion per year; and (b) calls on the Government to invest approximately $3 billion per year to lift the aged pension by $60 per fortnight.

absent Yes Not passed by a large 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 Stephen Conroy 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.