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 here. ) This means that the majority agreed with the main idea of the bill and that the members can now discuss it in more detail.

Due to the sensitive subject matter of this bill, the parties have agreed to allow it to be a free vote.(Read more about what a free vote is in our FAQ Section. More information about the decision to have a free vote on this bill is available on ABC News here. )

Background to the bill

The bill was introduced to amend the Prohibition of Human Cloning Act 2002 and Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002. The amendments will permit certain human embryo research under licence but retain existing prohibitions on human reproductive cloning and other assisted reproductive technology activities.(Read information about the bill, including its explanatory memorandum and bills digest, here. ) For example, it proposes to allow for therapeutic cloning.(Read more about therapeutic cloning here. )

The amendments are based on recommendations by the Lockhart Review.(Read more about the Lockhart Review and the federal government’s response in the bills digest.)


Votes Passed by a small majority

Nobody rebelled against their party.

Party Votes
Australian Labor Party (98% turnout) 43 Yes 15 No
Dick Adams Lyons Yes
Anthony Albanese Grayndler Yes
Arch Bevis Brisbane Yes
Sharon Bird Cunningham Yes
Ann Corcoran Isaacs Yes
Simon Crean Hotham Yes
Graham Edwards Cowan Yes
Justine Elliot Richmond Yes
Annette Ellis Canberra Yes
Laurie Ferguson Reid Yes
Martin Ferguson Batman Yes
Joel Fitzgibbon Hunter 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
Nicola Roxon Gellibrand Yes
Rod Sawford Port Adelaide Yes
Bob Sercombe Maribyrnong Yes
Stephen Smith Perth Yes
Warren Snowdon Lingiari Yes
Wayne Swan Lilley Yes
Lindsay Tanner Melbourne Yes
Maria Vamvakinou Calwell Yes
Kim Wilkie Swan Yes
Chris Bowen Prospect No
Anna Burke Chisholm No
Tony Burke Watson No
Anthony Byrne Holt No
Michael Danby Melbourne Ports No
Kate Ellis Adelaide No
Craig Emerson Rankin No
Peter Garrett Kingsford Smith No
Chris Hayes Werriwa No
John Murphy Lowe No
Gavan O'Connor Corio No
Roger Price Chifley No
Bernie Ripoll Oxley No
Kevin Rudd Griffith No
Kelvin Thomson Wills No
Kim Beazley Brand Absent
Dave Tollner Solomon Country Liberal Party Absent
Ian Causley Page Deputy Speaker No
Peter Andren Calare Independent No
Bob Katter Kennedy Independent No
Harry Quick Franklin Independent No
Tony Windsor New England Independent No
Liberal Party (96% turnout) 38 Yes 32 No
Fran Bailey McEwen Yes
Bruce Baird Cook Yes
Bruce Billson Dunkley Yes
Bronwyn Bishop Mackellar Yes
Julie Bishop Curtin Yes
Russell Broadbent McMillan Yes
Mal Brough Longman Yes
Alexander Downer Mayo Yes
Kay Elson Forde Yes
Warren Entsch Leichhardt Yes
Pat Farmer Macarthur 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
Michael Keenan Stirling Yes
Andrew Laming Bowman Yes
Sussan Ley Farrer Yes
Ian Macfarlane Groom Yes
Margaret May McPherson Yes
Stewart McArthur Corangamite Yes
Judi Moylan Pearce Yes
Brendan Nelson Bradfield Yes
Geoff Prosser Forrest Yes
Philip Ruddock Berowra Yes
Alex Somlyay Fairfax Yes
Andrew Southcott Boothby Yes
Sharman Stone Murray Yes
Cameron Thompson Blair Yes
Wilson Tuckey O'Connor 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
Alan Cadman Mitchell No
Steven Ciobo Moncrieff No
Peter Costello Higgins No
Trish Draper Makin No
Peter Dutton Dickson No
David Fawcett Wakefield No
Michael Ferguson Bass No
Gary Hardgrave Moreton No
John Howard Bennelong No
David Jull Fadden No
Jackie Kelly Lindsay No
Jim Lloyd Robertson No
Louise Markus Greenway No
Sophie Mirabella Indi No
Chris Pearce Aston No
Christopher Pyne Sturt No
Don Randall Canning No
Kym Richardson Kingston No
Andrew Robb Goldstein No
Alby Schultz Hume No
Patrick Secker Barker No
Peter Slipper Fisher No
Tony Smith Casey No
Danna Vale Hughes No
Ross Vasta Bonner No
Barry Wakelin Grey No
Peter Lindsay Herbert Absent
Gary Nairn Eden-Monaro Absent
Ken Ticehurst Dobell Absent
National Party (100% turnout) 1 Yes 10 No
John Cobb Parkes Yes
John Anderson Gwydir No
John Forrest Mallee No
Luke Hartsuyker Cowper No
Kay Hull Riverina No
De-Anne Kelly Dawson No
Peter McGauran Gippsland No
Paul Neville Hinkler No
Bruce Scott Maranoa No
Warren Truss Wide Bay No
Mark Vaile Lyne No
David Hawker Wannon Speaker Absent
Totals (96% turnout) 82 Yes – 62 No