The majority voted in favour of a motion to read the bill for a second time.(Read more about the stages that a bill must pass through to become law here. ) This means that the majority agree with the main idea of the bill and that they can now discuss it in more detail.

This division was a conscience vote, meaning that members were not required to vote along party lines.

Background to the bill

The bill was introduced to amend the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 in order to transfer the responsibility for regulatory approval of RU486 from the Minister for Health and Ageing to the Therapeutic Goods Administration. This will make it possible to evaluate, register, list or import abortifacients such as RU486 (i.e. medicines intended to induce an abortion) for use in Australia without the approval of the Minister.(Read more about the bill in its bills digest (342 KB). More information, including its explanatory memorandum, is available here.)

Votes Passed by a small majority

Nobody rebelled against their party.

Party Votes
Australian Labor Party (98% turnout) 53 Yes 5 No
Dick Adams Lyons Yes
Anthony Albanese Grayndler Yes
Kim Beazley Brand Yes
Arch Bevis Brisbane Yes
Sharon Bird Cunningham Yes
Chris Bowen Prospect Yes
Anna Burke Chisholm Yes
Ann Corcoran Isaacs Yes
Simon Crean Hotham Yes
Michael Danby Melbourne Ports Yes
Graham Edwards Cowan Yes
Justine Elliot Richmond Yes
Annette Ellis Canberra Yes
Kate Ellis Adelaide Yes
Craig Emerson Rankin Yes
Laurie Ferguson Reid Yes
Martin Ferguson Batman Yes
Joel Fitzgibbon Hunter Yes
Peter Garrett Kingsford Smith Yes
Steve Georganas Hindmarsh Yes
Jennie George Throsby Yes
Steve Gibbons Bendigo Yes
Julia Gillard Lalor Yes
Sharon Grierson Newcastle Yes
Alan Griffin Bruce Yes
Jill Hall Shortland Yes
Michael Hatton Blaxland Yes
Kelly Hoare Charlton Yes
Julia Irwin Fowler Yes
Harry Jenkins Scullin Yes
Duncan Kerr Denison Yes
Catherine King Ballarat Yes
Carmen Lawrence Fremantle Yes
Kirsten Livermore Capricornia Yes
Jenny Macklin Jagajaga Yes
Robert McClelland Barton Yes
Bob McMullan Fraser Yes
Daryl Melham Banks Yes
Brendan O'Connor Gorton Yes
Julie Owens Parramatta Yes
Tanya Plibersek Sydney Yes
Roger Price Chifley Yes
Bernie Ripoll Oxley Yes
Nicola Roxon Gellibrand Yes
Kevin Rudd Griffith Yes
Bob Sercombe Maribyrnong Yes
Stephen Smith Perth Yes
Warren Snowdon Lingiari Yes
Wayne Swan Lilley Yes
Lindsay Tanner Melbourne Yes
Kelvin Thomson Wills Yes
Maria Vamvakinou Calwell Yes
Kim Wilkie Swan Yes
Tony Burke Watson No
Anthony Byrne Holt No
Chris Hayes Werriwa No
John Murphy Lowe No
Gavan O'Connor Corio No
Rod Sawford Port Adelaide Absent
Dave Tollner Solomon Country Liberal Party No
Ian Causley Page Deputy Speaker No
Harry Quick Franklin Independent Yes
Tony Windsor New England Independent Yes
Bob Katter Kennedy Independent No
Peter Andren Calare Independent Absent
Liberal Party (99% turnout) 37 Yes 35 No
Fran Bailey McEwen Yes
Bruce Baird Cook Yes
Bruce Billson Dunkley Yes
Julie Bishop Curtin Yes
Mal Brough Longman Yes
Peter Costello Higgins Yes
Warren Entsch Leichhardt Yes
Teresa Gambaro Petrie Yes
Joanna Gash Gilmore Yes
Petro Georgiou Kooyong Yes
Barry Haase Kalgoorlie Yes
Stuart Henry Hasluck Yes
Joe Hockey North Sydney Yes
Greg Hunt Flinders Yes
Dennis Jensen Tangney Yes
Michael Johnson Ryan Yes
David Jull Fadden Yes
Michael Keenan Stirling Yes
Andrew Laming Bowman Yes
Sussan Ley Farrer Yes
Peter Lindsay Herbert Yes
Ian Macfarlane Groom Yes
Margaret May McPherson Yes
Stewart McArthur Corangamite Yes
Judi Moylan Pearce Yes
Gary Nairn Eden-Monaro Yes
Brendan Nelson Bradfield Yes
Chris Pearce Aston Yes
Geoff Prosser Forrest Yes
Tony Smith Casey Yes
Andrew Southcott Boothby Yes
Sharman Stone Murray Yes
Cameron Thompson Blair Yes
Ken Ticehurst Dobell Yes
Malcolm Turnbull Wentworth Yes
Mal Washer Moore Yes
Jason Wood La Trobe Yes
Tony Abbott Warringah No
Kevin Andrews Menzies No
Mark Baker Braddon No
Bob Baldwin Paterson No
Phillip Barresi Deakin No
Kerry Bartlett Macquarie No
Bronwyn Bishop Mackellar No
Russell Broadbent McMillan No
Alan Cadman Mitchell No
Steven Ciobo Moncrieff No
Alexander Downer Mayo No
Trish Draper Makin No
Peter Dutton Dickson No
Pat Farmer Macarthur No
David Fawcett Wakefield No
Michael Ferguson Bass No
Gary Hardgrave Moreton No
John Howard Bennelong No
Jackie Kelly Lindsay No
Jim Lloyd Robertson No
Louise Markus Greenway No
Sophie Mirabella Indi No
Christopher Pyne Sturt No
Don Randall Canning No
Kym Richardson Kingston No
Andrew Robb Goldstein No
Philip Ruddock Berowra No
Alby Schultz Hume No
Patrick Secker Barker No
Peter Slipper Fisher No
Alex Somlyay Fairfax No
Wilson Tuckey O'Connor No
Danna Vale Hughes No
Ross Vasta Bonner No
Barry Wakelin Grey No
Kay Elson Forde Absent
National Party (91% turnout) 3 Yes 7 No
John Cobb Parkes Yes
Kay Hull Riverina Yes
Bruce Scott Maranoa Yes
John Anderson Gwydir No
John Forrest Mallee No
Luke Hartsuyker Cowper No
De-Anne Kelly Dawson No
Peter McGauran Gippsland No
Paul Neville Hinkler No
Warren Truss Wide Bay No
Mark Vaile Lyne Absent
David Hawker Wannon Speaker Absent
Totals (97% turnout) 95 Yes – 50 No