How Steve Fielding voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase the protection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage sites

Division Steve Fielding Supporters vote Division outcome

16th Aug 2006, 3:57 PM – Senate Motions - Burrup Peninsula Rock Art - Protect rock art

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Rachel Siewert, which means that it is rejected. The motion was:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that:

(i) at least 10 000 petroglyphs have been destroyed by industrial development on Western Australia’s Burrup Peninsula, arguably the world’s greatest rock art site,

(ii) while alternative sites for industry exist, the rock art is unique and irreplaceable, and

(iii) the area has been nominated to the National Heritage List and this nomination is currently undergoing assessment; and

(b) calls on the Minister for the Environment and Heritage (Senator Ian Campbell) to use all Commonwealth powers available to ensure that no further loss of rock art occurs while the heritage nomination is being determined.

absent Yes (strong) Not passed by a large majority

28th Mar 2006, 5:26 PM – Senate Motions — Tarkine Aboriginal Rock Art — Prevent vandalism

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Bob Brown, which means that it was unsuccessful. This is the second time that the motion was put to the Senate as there was an error in voting the first time it was put.(See the first division on this motion here. Read the discussion leading up to this second vote on this motion here. ) The motion was:

That the Senate-

(a) condemns the most recent vandalism of ancient Aboriginal rock art on Tasmania’s Tarkine coastline;(Read more about this vandalism on ABC's The World Today.)

(b) expresses its abhorrence at the vandalism;

(c) sends its sympathy to Tasmania’s Aboriginal community;

(d) calls on the Tasmanian Government to vigorously pursue, discover and bring to justice those responsible; and

(e) asks the Commonwealth to take all due action to uphold the Burra Charter, to bring those responsible for this outrage to justice and to prevent any recurrence of such destructive behaviour against Australia’s heritage.

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absent Yes Not passed by a small majority

28th Mar 2006, 4:06 PM – Senate Motions - Tarkine Aboriginal Rock Art - Prevent vandalism

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Greens Senator Bob Brown, which means that it was successful. The motion was:

That the Senate-

(a) condemns the most recent vandalism of ancient Aboriginal rock art on Tasmania’s Tarkine coastline;(Read more about this vandalism on ABC's The World Today.)

(b) expresses its abhorrence at the vandalism;

(c) sends its sympathy to Tasmania’s Aboriginal community;

(d) calls on the Tasmanian Government to vigorously pursue, discover and bring to justice those responsible; and

(e) asks the Commonwealth to take all due action to uphold the Burra Charter, to bring those responsible for this outrage to justice and to prevent any recurrence of such destructive behaviour against Australia’s heritage.

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absent Yes 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 Steve Fielding 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.