How David Johnston voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should put a large proportion of a person's welfare payment onto a debit card that cannot be used for alcohol or gambling and cannot be used to make cash withdrawals

Division David Johnston Supporters vote Division outcome

23rd Feb 2016, 6:36 PM – Senate Regulations and Determinations — Social Security (Administration) (Trial Area – Ceduna and Surrounding Region) Determination 2015; Disallowance

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The majority of the Senate voted not to overturn the regulations made for the Act which created the welfare debit card trial. This means that the welfare debit card trial will continue as planned.

In parliamentary jargon, the majority voted against a disallowance of the Social Security (Administration) (Trial Area – Ceduna and Surrounding Region) Determination 2015. A disallowance is where either house of Parliament can veto delegated legislation (which is legislation created by the executive, not by Parliament).

absent No Not passed by a modest majority

14th Oct 2015, 6:02 PM – Senate Bills — Social Security Legislation Amendment (Debit Card Trial) Bill 2015; Third Reading

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The majority voted in favour of passing the bill in the Senate. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read it for a third time.

What does this bill do?

People receiving working-age welfare payments in certain areas would have 80% of their payments placed onto a debit card and 20% of their payments paid in cash. The debit card would not allow cash withdrawal or spending on gambling or alcohol.

For more details, see this article from the ABC.

absent Yes Passed by a modest majority

14th Oct 2015, 10:08 AM – Senate Bills — Social Security Legislation Amendment (Debit Card Trial) Bill 2015; Second Reading

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The majority voted to read the bill a second time in the Senate.

This means that the majority of members accepted the main idea of the bill, so it will be considered further.

What does this bill do?

People receiving working-age welfare payments in certain areas would have 80% of their payments placed onto a debit card and 20% of their payments paid in cash. The debit card would not allow cash withdrawal or spending on gambling or alcohol.

For more details, see this article from the ABC.

absent Yes 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 David Johnston 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.