The majority voted in favour of a motion that this bill, as amended, be agreed to. In other words, they voted in favour of the bill as it currently reads after being amended by Mayo MP Rebekha Sharkie (Centre Alliance). Because this vote was successful, the House can now decide on whether to pass the bill.

There were five rebellions, with Bass MP Bridget Archer (Liberal), Reid MP Fiona Martin (Liberal), North Sydney MP Trent Zimmerman (Liberal), Higgins MP Katie Allen (Liberal) and Wentworth MP Dave Sharma (Liberal) crossing the floor to vote 'Yes' against the rest of their party, who voted 'No.'

What does the bill do?

According to the bill homepage, the bill was introduced with the Religious Discrimination Bill 2021 and Religious Discrimination (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2021 in order to amend the following bills:

  • Age Discrimination Act 2004,
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1992,
  • Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and
  • Racial Discrimination Act 1975.

The bill's amendments will ensure that, when enforcing these bills:

regard must be had to the indivisibility and universality of human rights and their equal status in international law, and the principle that every person is free and equal in their dignity and rights.

The bill also amends the Charities Act 2013 and Marriage Act 1961 in order to ensure that:

to provide that otherwise charitable entities that engage in lawful activities promoting a traditional view of marriage are undertaking those activities for the public benefit and not contrary to public policy; and to allow religious educational institutions to refuse to provide facilities, goods or services in relation to the solemnisation of a marriage in accordance with their religious beliefs.

SBS News has provided a good summary of the more controversial parts of the bill, including an explanation for each rebellion that occurred during the long debate. According to this summary, the key areas for concern were:

  • the parts of the bill that allowed religious schools to discriminate on the basis of sexuality and gender identity;
  • the "statement of belief" that seems to protect people expressing religious beliefs even if they're offensive and therefore seem to override existing anti-discrimination protections; and
  • the fact that the bill does not outlaw vilification of people of faith.

Votes Passed by a small majority

There were 5 rebellions in this division.

  • Katie Allen voted Yes against the majority of the Liberal Party.
  • Bridget Archer voted Yes against the majority of the Liberal Party.
  • Fiona Martin voted Yes against the majority of the Liberal Party.
  • Dave Sharma voted Yes against the majority of the Liberal Party.
  • Trent Zimmerman voted Yes against the majority of the Liberal Party.
Party Votes
Adam Bandt Melbourne Australian Greens Yes
Australian Labor Party (81% turnout) 55 Yes 0 No
Anthony Albanese Grayndler Yes
Chris Bowen McMahon Yes
Tony Burke Watson Yes
Linda Burney Barton Yes
Josh Burns Macnamara Yes
Terri Butler Griffith Yes
Anthony Byrne Holt Yes
Jim Chalmers Rankin Yes
Jason Clare Blaxland Yes
Sharon Claydon Newcastle Yes
Libby Coker Corangamite Yes
Julie Collins Franklin Yes
Pat Conroy Shortland Yes
Milton Dick Oxley Yes
Mark Dreyfus Isaacs Yes
Justine Elliot Richmond Yes
Mike Freelander Macarthur Yes
Steve Georganas Adelaide Yes
Andrew Giles Scullin Yes
Patrick Gorman Perth Yes
Luke Gosling Solomon Yes
Chris Hayes Fowler Yes
Julian Hill Bruce Yes
Ed Husic Chifley Yes
Stephen Jones Whitlam Yes
Ged Kearney Cooper Yes
Peter Khalil Wills Yes
Catherine King Ballarat Yes
Madeleine King Brand Yes
Andrew Leigh Fenner Yes
Richard Marles Corio Yes
Kristy McBain Eden-Monaro 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
Julie Owens Parramatta Yes
Graham Perrett Moreton Yes
Fiona Phillips Gilmore Yes
Amanda Rishworth Kingston Yes
Michelle Rowland Greenway Yes
Joanne Ryan Lalor Yes
Bill Shorten Maribyrnong Yes
David Smith Bean Yes
Warren Snowdon Lingiari Yes
Anne Stanley Werriwa Yes
Meryl Swanson Paterson Yes
Susan Templeman Macquarie Yes
Matt Thistlethwaite Kingsford Smith Yes
Kate Thwaites Jagajaga Yes
Tim Watts Gellibrand Yes
Anika Wells Lilley Yes
Tony Zappia Makin Yes
Anne Aly Cowan Absent
Sharon Bird Cunningham Absent
Mark Butler Hindmarsh Absent
Nick Champion Spence Absent
Lisa Chesters Bendigo Absent
Joel Fitzgibbon Hunter Absent
Matt Keogh Burt Absent
Daniel Mulino Fraser Absent
Peta Murphy Dunkley Absent
Alicia Payne Canberra Absent
Tanya Plibersek Sydney Absent
Maria Vamvakinou Calwell Absent
Josh Wilson Fremantle Absent
Rebekha Sharkie Mayo Centre Alliance Yes
Mark Coulton Parkes Deputy Speaker No
Helen Haines Indi Independent Yes
Zali Steggall Warringah Independent Yes
Andrew Wilkie Clark Independent Yes
Craig Kelly Hughes Independent No
Bob Katter Kennedy Katter's Australian Party No
Liberal National Party (80% turnout) 0 Yes 4 No
Angie Bell Moncrieff No
Garth Hamilton Groom No
Julian Simmonds Ryan No
Phillip Thompson Herbert No
Terry Young Longman Absent
Liberal Party (83% turnout) 5 Yes 40 No
Katie Allen Higgins Yes
Bridget Archer Bass Yes
Fiona Martin Reid Yes
Dave Sharma Wentworth Yes
Trent Zimmerman North Sydney Yes
John Alexander Bennelong No
Karen Andrews McPherson No
Kevin Andrews Menzies No
Russell Broadbent Monash No
Scott Buchholz Wright No
David Coleman Banks 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
Alex Hawke Mitchell No
Luke Howarth Petrie No
Greg Hunt Flinders No
Steve Irons Swan No
Andrew Laming Bowman No
Sussan Ley Farrer No
Nola Marino Forrest No
Melissa McIntosh Lindsay No
Scott Morrison Cook No
Ben Morton Tangney No
Ted O'Brien Fairfax No
Tony Pasin Barker No
Gavin Pearce Braddon No
Christian Porter Pearce No
Rowan Ramsey Grey No
Tony Smith Casey No
James Stevens Sturt No
Michael Sukkar Deakin No
Angus Taylor Hume No
Bert Van Manen Forde No
Ross Vasta Bonner No
Lucy Wicks Robertson No
Rick Wilson O'Connor No
Tim Wilson Goldstein No
Jason Wood La Trobe No
Ken Wyatt Hasluck No
Vince Connelly Stirling Absent
Celia Hammond Curtin Absent
Andrew Hastie Canning Absent
Julian Leeser Berowra Absent
Gladys Liu Chisholm Absent
Melissa Price Durack Absent
Stuart Robert Fadden Absent
Dan Tehan Wannon Absent
Alan Tudge Aston Absent
National Party (80% turnout) 0 Yes 12 No
Darren Chester Gippsland No
Pat Conaghan Cowper No
Damian Drum Nicholls No
David Gillespie Lyne No
Kevin Hogan Page No
Barnaby Joyce New England 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
George Christensen Dawson Absent
Andrew Gee Calare Absent
Anne Webster Mallee Absent
Andrew Wallace Fisher Speaker Absent
Craig Kelly Hughes United Australia Party Absent
Totals (82% turnout) 65 Yes – 59 No