The majority voted in favour of disagreeing with the opposition amendments, which were introduced by Whitlam MP Stephen Jones (Labor). This means that the amendments failed.

What did the amendments do?

Mr Jones explained the purpose of the amendments, which relate to provisions that give workers early access to funds from their superannuation. Mr Jones argued that the provisions are "poorly implemented":

We are advised by the government that 1.6 million applicants are expected to take avail of the new provisions within this schedule. Those 1.6 million applicants will make their application to access superannuation through the myGov portal. [...]

We are deeply concerned because of the mechanisms around which this schedule will operate. The 1.6 million applicants go to myGov, they make their applications through myGov and myGov sends it through to the regulator, who, in this instance, is the ATO—and the ATO is the assessing authority. Most people will think, 'Well, if the ATO is the approving authority, a payment can be easily issued from the ATO'—but this is not the case. The ATO sends a notice to the trustees of the member's superannuation fund, saying, 'Please pay this money into this member's bank account.' That sounds reasonable. The only problem is the superannuation accounts don't have that information. With all the goodwill in the world, the minister might wish they did and the parliament may wish they did, but the simple fact of the matter is they don't. They don't have that information.

[...] Labor's amendments ... ensure that, when the ATO contacts the superannuation fund, and says, 'This fund member is eligible to receive early relief,' the ATO must provide the superannuation fund with all the information that they have that will enable the superannuation fund to make an early release of the funds.

Deakin MP Michael Sukkar (Liberal) responded by saying that "Our clear advice from Treasury is that this amendment is just completely unnecessary."

What do these bills do?

These bills were introduced to "implement the Government’s economic response to the spread of the Coronavirus, which the Government announced between 12 and 22 March 2020." You can find a copy of the bills' text on the bills' homepages by clicking on the bill hyperlinks provided on this page (each bill has its own hyperlink), or read about the Government's intentions with the bill on the explanatory memorandum. Due to the speed with which the bills went through parliament, there is currently no bills digest.

Votes Passed by a small majority

Nobody rebelled against their party.

Party Votes
Adam Bandt Melbourne Australian Greens No
Australian Labor Party (54% turnout) 0 Yes 37 No
Anthony Albanese Grayndler No
Sharon Bird Cunningham No
Chris Bowen McMahon No
Tony Burke Watson No
Mark Butler Hindmarsh No
Jim Chalmers Rankin No
Jason Clare Blaxland No
Sharon Claydon Newcastle No
Pat Conroy Shortland No
Milton Dick Oxley No
Joel Fitzgibbon Hunter No
Mike Freelander Macarthur No
Steve Georganas Adelaide No
Andrew Giles Scullin No
Patrick Gorman Perth No
Luke Gosling Solomon No
Chris Hayes Fowler No
Julian Hill Bruce No
Ed Husic Chifley No
Stephen Jones Whitlam No
Peter Khalil Wills No
Catherine King Ballarat No
Andrew Leigh Fenner No
Richard Marles Corio No
Daniel Mulino Fraser No
Brendan O'Connor Gorton No
Clare O'Neil Hotham No
Alicia Payne Canberra No
Joanne Ryan Lalor No
Bill Shorten Maribyrnong No
David Smith Bean No
Anne Stanley Werriwa No
Susan Templeman Macquarie No
Matt Thistlethwaite Kingsford Smith No
Tim Watts Gellibrand No
Josh Wilson Fremantle No
Tony Zappia Makin No
Anne Aly Cowan Absent
Linda Burney Barton Absent
Josh Burns Macnamara Absent
Terri Butler Griffith Absent
Anthony Byrne Holt Absent
Nick Champion Spence Absent
Lisa Chesters Bendigo Absent
Libby Coker Corangamite Absent
Julie Collins Franklin Absent
Mark Dreyfus Isaacs Absent
Justine Elliot Richmond Absent
Ged Kearney Cooper Absent
Mike Kelly Eden-Monaro Absent
Matt Keogh Burt Absent
Madeleine King Brand Absent
Emma McBride Dobell Absent
Brian Mitchell Lyons Absent
Rob Mitchell McEwen Absent
Peta Murphy Dunkley Absent
Shayne Neumann Blair Absent
Julie Owens Parramatta Absent
Graham Perrett Moreton Absent
Fiona Phillips Gilmore Absent
Tanya Plibersek Sydney Absent
Amanda Rishworth Kingston Absent
Michelle Rowland Greenway Absent
Warren Snowdon Lingiari Absent
Meryl Swanson Paterson Absent
Kate Thwaites Jagajaga Absent
Maria Vamvakinou Calwell Absent
Anika Wells Lilley Absent
Rebekha Sharkie Mayo Centre Alliance Yes
Mark Coulton Parkes Deputy Speaker Absent
Helen Haines Indi Independent Yes
Zali Steggall Warringah Independent Yes
Andrew Wilkie Clark Independent Absent
Bob Katter Kennedy Katter's Australian Party Absent
Liberal National Party (50% turnout) 2 Yes 0 No
Julian Simmonds Ryan Yes
Terry Young Longman Yes
Angie Bell Moncrieff Absent
Phillip Thompson Herbert Absent
Liberal Party (61% turnout) 34 Yes 0 No
Katie Allen Higgins Yes
Karen Andrews McPherson Yes
Kevin Andrews Menzies Yes
Scott Buchholz Wright Yes
Vince Connelly Stirling Yes
Trevor Evans Brisbane Yes
Jason Falinski Mackellar Yes
Paul Fletcher Bradfield Yes
Nicolle Flint Boothby Yes
Josh Frydenberg Kooyong Yes
Luke Howarth Petrie Yes
Greg Hunt Flinders Yes
Craig Kelly Hughes Yes
Andrew Laming Bowman Yes
Julian Leeser Berowra Yes
Sussan Ley Farrer Yes
Gladys Liu Chisholm Yes
Fiona Martin Reid Yes
Melissa McIntosh Lindsay Yes
Scott Morrison Cook Yes
Ben Morton Tangney Yes
Ted O'Brien Fairfax Yes
Christian Porter Pearce Yes
Melissa Price Durack Yes
Stuart Robert Fadden Yes
Dave Sharma Wentworth Yes
Michael Sukkar Deakin Yes
Dan Tehan Wannon Yes
Bert Van Manen Forde Yes
Ross Vasta Bonner Yes
Andrew Wallace Fisher Yes
Tim Wilson Goldstein Yes
Jason Wood La Trobe Yes
Trent Zimmerman North Sydney Yes
John Alexander Bennelong Absent
Bridget Archer Bass Absent
Russell Broadbent Monash Absent
David Coleman Banks Absent
Peter Dutton Dickson Absent
Warren Entsch Leichhardt Absent
Ian Goodenough Moore Absent
Celia Hammond Curtin Absent
Andrew Hastie Canning Absent
Alex Hawke Mitchell Absent
Steve Irons Swan Absent
Nola Marino Forrest Absent
John McVeigh Groom Absent
Tony Pasin Barker Absent
Gavin Pearce Braddon Absent
Rowan Ramsey Grey Absent
James Stevens Sturt Absent
Angus Taylor Hume Absent
Alan Tudge Aston Absent
Lucy Wicks Robertson Absent
Rick Wilson O'Connor Absent
Ken Wyatt Hasluck Absent
National Party (67% turnout) 10 Yes 0 No
Darren Chester Gippsland Yes
Pat Conaghan Cowper Yes
Damian Drum Nicholls Yes
Andrew Gee Calare Yes
Kevin Hogan Page Yes
Barnaby Joyce New England Yes
David Littleproud Maranoa Yes
Michael McCormack Riverina Yes
Llew O'Brien Wide Bay Yes
Keith Pitt Hinkler Yes
George Christensen Dawson Absent
David Gillespie Lyne Absent
Michelle Landry Capricornia Absent
Ken O'Dowd Flynn Absent
Anne Webster Mallee Absent
Tony Smith Casey Speaker Absent
Totals (58% turnout) 49 Yes – 38 No