The majority voted against an amendment that was introduced by Labor MP Simon Crean.

Mr Crean argued that this amendment would create a much needed comprehensive independent review into the key issues that need to be addressed in respect of Australia's wheat industry.(Read more about the amendments here. ) For example, the review would consider returns to growers, the economic impact of export wheat control arrangements and the benefits of maintaining export wheat control.

Background to the bill

The Wheat Marketing Amendment Bill 2006 has been introduced to transfer the right to veto bulk wheat export applications from the Australian Wheat Board (International) (AWB(I))(AWB (International) is a subsidiary of AWB Ltd. Before the Wheat Marketing Amendment Bill 2006 was passed, it held the mandate for the single desk wheat export operation, including the power to veto other exports of bulk wheat.) to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry until 30 June 2007. It is a response to the Volker report into the UN Oil-for-food program and the later Cole inquiry. These investigations arose out of the AWB scandal, which involved Australian Wheat Board Ltd (AWB) paying kickbacks to to Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime.


Votes Not passed by a small majority

Nobody rebelled against their party.

Party Votes
Australian Labor Party (68% turnout) 40 Yes 0 No
Dick Adams Lyons Yes
Arch Bevis Brisbane Yes
Sharon Bird Cunningham Yes
Chris Bowen Prospect Yes
Tony Burke Watson Yes
Anthony Byrne Holt Yes
Ann Corcoran Isaacs Yes
Simon Crean Hotham Yes
Graham Edwards Cowan Yes
Annette Ellis Canberra Yes
Craig Emerson Rankin 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
Chris Hayes Werriwa Yes
Julia Irwin Fowler Yes
Duncan Kerr Denison Yes
Kirsten Livermore Capricornia Yes
Robert McClelland Barton Yes
Bob McMullan Fraser Yes
Daryl Melham Banks Yes
John Murphy Lowe Yes
Brendan O'Connor Gorton Yes
Gavan O'Connor Corio Yes
Roger Price Chifley Yes
Bernie Ripoll Oxley Yes
Kevin Rudd Griffith Yes
Rod Sawford Port Adelaide Yes
Bob Sercombe Maribyrnong Yes
Warren Snowdon Lingiari Yes
Kelvin Thomson Wills Yes
Kim Wilkie Swan Yes
Anthony Albanese Grayndler Absent
Kim Beazley Brand Absent
Anna Burke Chisholm Absent
Michael Danby Melbourne Ports Absent
Justine Elliot Richmond Absent
Kate Ellis Adelaide Absent
Laurie Ferguson Reid Absent
Kelly Hoare Charlton Absent
Harry Jenkins Scullin Absent
Catherine King Ballarat Absent
Carmen Lawrence Fremantle Absent
Jenny Macklin Jagajaga Absent
Julie Owens Parramatta Absent
Tanya Plibersek Sydney Absent
Nicola Roxon Gellibrand Absent
Stephen Smith Perth Absent
Wayne Swan Lilley Absent
Lindsay Tanner Melbourne Absent
Maria Vamvakinou Calwell Absent
Dave Tollner Solomon Country Liberal Party Absent
Ian Causley Page Deputy Speaker Absent
Peter Andren Calare Independent Yes
Harry Quick Franklin Independent Yes
Tony Windsor New England Independent Yes
Bob Katter Kennedy Independent Absent
Liberal Party (74% turnout) 0 Yes 54 No
Tony Abbott Warringah No
Kevin Andrews Menzies No
Fran Bailey McEwen No
Bruce Baird Cook No
Mark Baker Braddon No
Phillip Barresi Deakin No
Kerry Bartlett Macquarie No
Julie Bishop Curtin No
Russell Broadbent McMillan No
Alan Cadman Mitchell No
Steven Ciobo Moncrieff No
Peter Dutton Dickson No
Kay Elson Forde No
Warren Entsch Leichhardt No
Pat Farmer Macarthur No
David Fawcett Wakefield No
Michael Ferguson Bass No
Teresa Gambaro Petrie No
Joanna Gash Gilmore No
Petro Georgiou Kooyong No
Stuart Henry Hasluck No
Greg Hunt Flinders No
Michael Johnson Ryan No
David Jull Fadden No
Michael Keenan Stirling No
Jackie Kelly Lindsay No
Andrew Laming Bowman No
Sussan Ley Farrer No
Peter Lindsay Herbert No
Jim Lloyd Robertson No
Ian Macfarlane Groom No
Louise Markus Greenway No
Margaret May McPherson No
Stewart McArthur Corangamite No
Sophie Mirabella Indi No
Judi Moylan Pearce No
Chris Pearce Aston No
Christopher Pyne Sturt No
Don Randall Canning No
Andrew Robb Goldstein No
Philip Ruddock Berowra No
Alby Schultz Hume No
Patrick Secker Barker No
Tony Smith Casey No
Alex Somlyay Fairfax No
Andrew Southcott Boothby No
Sharman Stone Murray No
Cameron Thompson Blair No
Wilson Tuckey O'Connor No
Malcolm Turnbull Wentworth No
Danna Vale Hughes No
Ross Vasta Bonner No
Barry Wakelin Grey No
Mal Washer Moore No
Bob Baldwin Paterson Absent
Bruce Billson Dunkley Absent
Bronwyn Bishop Mackellar Absent
Mal Brough Longman Absent
Peter Costello Higgins Absent
Alexander Downer Mayo Absent
Trish Draper Makin Absent
Barry Haase Kalgoorlie Absent
Gary Hardgrave Moreton Absent
Joe Hockey North Sydney Absent
John Howard Bennelong Absent
Dennis Jensen Tangney Absent
Gary Nairn Eden-Monaro Absent
Brendan Nelson Bradfield Absent
Geoff Prosser Forrest Absent
Kym Richardson Kingston Absent
Peter Slipper Fisher Absent
Ken Ticehurst Dobell Absent
Jason Wood La Trobe Absent
National Party (100% turnout) 0 Yes 11 No
John Anderson Gwydir No
John Cobb Parkes 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 (72% turnout) 43 Yes – 65 No