How Patrick Dodson voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should develop and implement a pill testing policy to reduce the risk of death and/or injury caused by taking illicit drugs

Division Patrick Dodson Supporters vote Division outcome

13th Feb 2019, 4:16 PM – Senate Motions - Illicit Drugs - Pill testing

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Vic Senator Richard Di Natale (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) over the 2018-19 summer, more than five people have died or been injured as a result of taking illicit drugs,

(ii) there is a real possibility that these deaths could have been prevented and harm reduced if pill testing services had been offered at music festivals and in the community,

(iii) best-practice pill testing models involve a consultation with a health practitioner about the content of the pill, and a person's choices about whether or not to consume illicit drugs,

(iv) pill testing services give health services critical information about what has been consumed and provide people with more information about what is in the pills that they are taking than they otherwise have access to,

(v) a large number of relevant medical professional organisations have declared their support for pill testing over the summer period, including the Royal College of Physicians, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Australian Medical Association, and

(vi) members of Parliament from both the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal Party have expressed support for pill testing, but the leaders of both of the parties are refusing to consider these real and critically-important benefits; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to:

(i) urgently develop and implement a pill testing policy to prevent more deaths and harm, and

(ii) work with the medical community, community groups and all state and territory governments to implement existing models which demonstrably have worked and helped save lives.

absent Yes Not passed by a modest majority

13th Feb 2017, 4:05 PM – Senate Motions - Illicit Drugs - Pill testing

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Victorian Senator Richard Di Natale (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) sends its sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of the three young Australians who tragically died last month in Melbourne after overdosing on pills they believed to be MDMA;

(b) notes the recent reports that Victorian Police tested the pills subsequent to the deaths, but current government policy prevents the release of this information which would prevent people from taking these extremely dangerous substances; and

(c) calls on the Government to urgently introduce effective harm minimisation strategies and work with state and territory governments to introduce pill testing trials and early warning systems to allow young Australians to access critical information about the drugs they are considering taking.

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 Patrick Dodson 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.