The majority voted against a motion introduced by Labor MP Jenny Macklin, which means it was unsuccessful.

The motion called for the House not to agree with the bill's main idea (which would have meant that the bill was rejected). In parliamentary jargon, the motion called for the House to not give the bill a second reading.

Motion text

That all the words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

The House:

(1) declines to give the bill a second reading because it will hurt pensioners, families, new mums and young Australians while holding child care assistance and the National Disability Insurance Scheme to ransom; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) drop their unfair cuts to pensioners, families, new mums and young Australians; and

(b) fix their child care changes so that vulnerable and disadvantaged children are not worse off and Indigenous and country services do not face closure.

What's the bill's main idea?

The main idea of the bill is to make changes to Australia's social security system.

The main two focuses for the bill are to make savings for the Government (that is, to let them spend less money on social services) and to amend the current childcare arrangements. For example, if the bill's passed, the child care benefit and child care rebate will be cancelled and a new child care subsidy (CCS) will be introduced that will be subject to both income and activity tests.

The bill's homepage gives a brief introduction to just how wide the changes are that the bill is making:

If it's passed, the bill will -

  • increase the family tax benefit (FTB) Part A fortnightly rates by $20.02 for each FTB child in the family up to 19 years of age;
  • remove the entitlement to FTB Part B for single parent families who are not single parents aged 60 or more or grandparents or great-grandparents from the start of the calendar year their youngest child turns 17 years of age;
  • phase out the FTB Part A and Part B end-of-year supplements;
  • increase certain youth allowance and disability support pension fortnightly rates by approximately $19.37 for recipients under 18 years of age;
  • reduce from 26 to six weeks the period during which age pension and other payments with unlimited portability can be paid outside Australia at the means-tested rate;
  • pause for three years the indexation of various income thresholds that apply to certain social security benefits and allowances and the income test free area for parenting payment single;
  • extend and simplifies the ordinary waiting period for all working age payments;
  • extend youth allowance (other) to 22 to 24 year olds in lieu of newstart allowance and sickness allowance;
  • provide for a four-week waiting period for certain persons aged under 25 years applying for youth allowance (other) or special benefit and require these job seekers to complete certain pre-benefit activities;
  • cease the child care benefit (CCB) and child care rebate;
  • introduce a child care subsidy (CCS) which is subject to both an income and activity test;
  • introduce various rates of additional child care subsidy (ACCS) that are available in certain circumstances;
  • make amendments in relation to CCS and ACCS claims, reviews of decisions, provider approvals, and compliance obligations of approved providers of child care services;
  • abolish the pensioner education supplement;
  • abolish the education entry payment;
  • prevent new recipients of welfare payments or concession cards from being paid the energy supplement from 20 September 2017;
  • cease the payment of pension supplement after six weeks temporary absence overseas and immediately for permanent departures;
  • enable automation of the regular income stream review process;
  • trial a social security income test incentive aimed at increasing the number of job seekers who undertake specified seasonal horticultural work, such as fruit picking;
  • provide that parental leave pay under the Paid Parental Leave scheme will only be provided to parents who have no employer-provided paid primary carer leave, or whose employer-provided paid primary carer leave is for a period less than 20 weeks or is paid at a rate below the full-time national minimum wage; and
  • remove the requirement for employers to provide paid parental leave to eligible employees, unless an employer chooses to manage the payment to employees and the employees agree for the employer to pay them.

The Explanatory Memorandum gives a more detailed explanation of these changes.

Votes Not passed by a small majority

Nobody rebelled against their party.

Party Votes
Adam Bandt Melbourne Australian Greens Yes
Australian Labor Party (91% turnout) 63 Yes 0 No
Anthony Albanese Grayndler Yes
Anne Aly Cowan Yes
Sharon Bird Cunningham Yes
Chris Bowen McMahon Yes
Tony Burke Watson Yes
Linda Burney Barton Yes
Mark Butler Port Adelaide Yes
Terri Butler Griffith Yes
Anthony Byrne Holt Yes
Nick Champion Wakefield Yes
Lisa Chesters Bendigo Yes
Jason Clare Blaxland Yes
Sharon Claydon Newcastle Yes
Julie Collins Franklin Yes
Pat Conroy Shortland Yes
Michael Danby Melbourne Ports Yes
Milton Dick Oxley Yes
Mark Dreyfus Isaacs Yes
Justine Elliot Richmond Yes
Kate Ellis Adelaide Yes
David Feeney Batman Yes
Joel Fitzgibbon Hunter Yes
Mike Freelander Macarthur Yes
Steve Georganas Hindmarsh Yes
Andrew Giles Scullin Yes
Luke Gosling Solomon Yes
Tim Hammond Perth Yes
Ross Hart Bass Yes
Julian Hill Bruce Yes
Emma Husar Lindsay Yes
Ed Husic Chifley Yes
Stephen Jones Whitlam Yes
Justine Keay Braddon Yes
Mike Kelly Eden-Monaro Yes
Matt Keogh Burt Yes
Peter Khalil Wills Yes
Catherine King Ballarat Yes
Madeleine King Brand Yes
Susan Lamb Longman Yes
Andrew Leigh Fenner Yes
Jenny Macklin Jagajaga Yes
Emma McBride Dobell Yes
Brian Mitchell Lyons Yes
Rob Mitchell McEwen Yes
Shayne Neumann Blair Yes
Brendan O'Connor Gorton Yes
Clare O'Neil Hotham Yes
Cathy O'Toole Herbert Yes
Julie Owens Parramatta Yes
Graham Perrett Moreton Yes
Tanya Plibersek Sydney Yes
Amanda Rishworth Kingston Yes
Joanne Ryan Lalor Yes
Bill Shorten Maribyrnong Yes
Warren Snowdon Lingiari Yes
Anne Stanley Werriwa Yes
Meryl Swanson Paterson Yes
Susan Templeman Macquarie Yes
Matt Thistlethwaite Kingsford Smith Yes
Maria Vamvakinou Calwell Yes
Tim Watts Gellibrand Yes
Josh Wilson Fremantle Yes
Tony Zappia Makin Yes
Gai Brodtmann Canberra Absent
Jim Chalmers Rankin Absent
Chris Hayes Fowler Absent
Richard Marles Corio Absent
Michelle Rowland Greenway Absent
Wayne Swan Lilley Absent
Mark Coulton Parkes Deputy Speaker No
Cathy McGowan Indi Independent Yes
Andrew Wilkie Denison Independent Yes
Bob Katter Kennedy Katter's Australian Party Absent
Liberal Party (98% turnout) 0 Yes 58 No
Tony Abbott Warringah No
John Alexander Bennelong No
Karen Andrews McPherson No
Kevin Andrews Menzies No
Julia Banks Chisholm No
Julie Bishop Curtin No
Russell Broadbent McMillan No
Scott Buchholz Wright No
Steven Ciobo Moncrieff No
David Coleman Banks No
Chris Crewther Dunkley No
Peter Dutton Dickson No
Warren Entsch Leichhardt No
Trevor Evans Brisbane No
Jason Falinski Mackellar No
Paul Fletcher Bradfield No
Nicolle Flint Boothby No
Josh Frydenberg Kooyong No
Ian Goodenough Moore No
Andrew Hastie Canning No
Alex Hawke Mitchell No
Sarah Henderson Corangamite No
Luke Howarth Petrie No
Greg Hunt Flinders No
Steve Irons Swan No
Michael Keenan Stirling No
Craig Kelly Hughes No
Andrew Laming Bowman No
Craig Laundy Reid No
Julian Leeser Berowra No
Sussan Ley Farrer No
Nola Marino Forrest No
John McVeigh Groom No
Scott Morrison Cook No
Ben Morton Tangney No
Ted O'Brien Fairfax No
Kelly O'Dwyer Higgins No
Tony Pasin Barker No
Christian Porter Pearce No
Jane Prentice Ryan No
Melissa Price Durack No
Christopher Pyne Sturt No
Rowan Ramsey Grey No
Stuart Robert Fadden No
Michael Sukkar Deakin No
Angus Taylor Hume No
Dan Tehan Wannon No
Alan Tudge Aston No
Malcolm Turnbull Wentworth No
Bert Van Manen Forde No
Ross Vasta Bonner No
Andrew Wallace Fisher No
Lucy Wicks Robertson No
Rick Wilson O'Connor No
Tim Wilson Goldstein No
Jason Wood La Trobe No
Ken Wyatt Hasluck No
Trent Zimmerman North Sydney No
Ann Sudmalis Gilmore Absent
National Party (80% turnout) 0 Yes 12 No
Andrew Broad Mallee No
Darren Chester Gippsland No
George Christensen Dawson No
Damian Drum Murray No
David Gillespie Lyne No
Luke Hartsuyker Cowper No
Michelle Landry Capricornia No
David Littleproud Maranoa No
Michael McCormack Riverina No
Llew O'Brien Wide Bay No
Ken O'Dowd Flynn No
Keith Pitt Hinkler No
Andrew Gee Calare Absent
Kevin Hogan Page Absent
Barnaby Joyce New England Absent
Rebekha Sharkie Mayo Nick Xenophon Team Yes
Tony Smith Casey Speaker Absent
Totals (92% turnout) 67 Yes – 72 No