How Steve Fielding voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should encourage Australian-based industry and secure the jobs these industries create by, for example, providing incentives for companies to stay in Australia (note that there are specific policies in respect to the timber, dairy, shipping, coal, and film & TV industries so votes on those subjects are not included here)

Division Steve Fielding Supporters vote

6th Sep 2006, 4:14 PM – Senate Motions — Tasmanian Forestry Industry — Campaigns against Tasmanian forestry industry + Illegal timber imports

absent Yes

How "never voted on" 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.