Summary

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to pass the bill in the House of Representatives. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read the bill for a third time. This means it can now go to the Senate, where our senators will decide on whether should become law.

Why are the major parties split on how to vote?

This was a free vote (also known as a conscience vote), which means our MPs voted according to their own beliefs rather than voting along party lines.

What does this bill do?

According to the bills digest:

  • The Bill proposes to remove the restrictions currently preventing the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory from passing legislation which would allow for voluntary assisted dying (VAD).
  • These restrictions were introduced in 1997 through the passage of a private member’s Bill introduced by Mr Kevin Andrews MP.
  • There have been a number of attempts by parliamentarians to remove these restrictions in previous Parliaments.

In other words, the purpose of the bill is to remove the prohibition on legalising euthanasia so that the Territories can introduce their own laws on the subject.

Votes Passed by a modest majority

There were 24 rebellions in this division.

  • Bridget Archer voted Yes against the majority of the Liberal Party.
  • Angie Bell voted Yes against the majority of the Liberal National Party.
  • Sam Birrell voted Yes against the majority of the National Party.
  • Tony Burke voted No against the majority of the Australian Labor Party.
  • Darren Chester voted Yes against the majority of the National Party.
  • Peter Dutton voted Yes against the majority of the Liberal Party.
  • Warren Entsch voted Yes against the majority of the Liberal Party.
  • Cassandra Fernando voted No against the majority of the Australian Labor Party.
  • Paul Fletcher voted Yes against the majority of the Liberal Party.
  • Andrew Gee voted Yes against the majority of the National Party.
  • Ian Goodenough voted Yes against the majority of the Liberal Party.
  • Matt Keogh voted No against the majority of the Australian Labor Party.
  • Sussan Ley voted Yes against the majority of the Liberal Party.
  • David Littleproud voted Yes against the majority of the National Party.
  • Nola Marino voted Yes against the majority of the Liberal Party.
  • Emma McBride voted No against the majority of the Australian Labor Party.
  • Zoe McKenzie voted Yes against the majority of the Liberal Party.
  • Daniel Mulino voted No against the majority of the Australian Labor Party.
  • Llew O'Brien voted Yes against the majority of the National Party.
  • Gavin Pearce voted Yes against the majority of the Liberal Party.
  • Melissa Price voted Yes against the majority of the Liberal Party.
  • James Stevens voted Yes against the majority of the Liberal Party.
  • Jenny Ware voted Yes against the majority of the Liberal Party.
  • Jason Wood voted Yes against the majority of the Liberal Party.
Party Votes
Australian Greens (75% turnout) 3 Yes 0 No
Adam Bandt Melbourne Yes
Stephen Bates Brisbane Yes
Elizabeth Watson-Brown Ryan Yes
Max Chandler-Mather Griffith Absent
Australian Labor Party (97% turnout) 69 Yes 5 No
Anthony Albanese Grayndler Yes
Anne Aly Cowan Yes
Michelle Ananda-Rajah Higgins Yes
Chris Bowen McMahon Yes
Matt Burnell Spence Yes
Linda Burney Barton Yes
Josh Burns Macnamara Yes
Mark Butler Hindmarsh Yes
Alison Byrnes Cunningham Yes
Jim Chalmers Rankin Yes
Andrew Charlton Parramatta Yes
Lisa Chesters Bendigo Yes
Jason Clare Blaxland Yes
Sharon Claydon Newcastle Yes
Libby Coker Corangamite Yes
Julie Collins Franklin Yes
Pat Conroy Shortland Yes
Mark Dreyfus Isaacs Yes
Justine Elliot Richmond Yes
Mike Freelander Macarthur Yes
Carina Garland Chisholm Yes
Steve Georganas Adelaide Yes
Andrew Giles Scullin Yes
Patrick Gorman Perth Yes
Luke Gosling Solomon 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
Tania Lawrence Hasluck Yes
Jerome Laxale Bennelong Yes
Andrew Leigh Fenner Yes
Sam Lim Tangney Yes
Richard Marles Corio Yes
Zaneta Mascarenhas Swan Yes
Kristy McBain Eden-Monaro Yes
Louise Miller-Frost Boothby Yes
Brian Mitchell Lyons Yes
Rob Mitchell McEwen Yes
Peta Murphy Dunkley Yes
Shayne Neumann Blair Yes
Brendan O'Connor Gorton Yes
Clare O'Neil Hotham Yes
Alicia Payne Canberra Yes
Graham Perrett Moreton Yes
Fiona Phillips Gilmore Yes
Tanya Plibersek Sydney Yes
Sam Rae Hawke Yes
Gordon Reid Robertson Yes
Dan Repacholi Hunter Yes
Amanda Rishworth Kingston Yes
Tracey Roberts Pearce Yes
Joanne Ryan Lalor Yes
Marion Scrymgour Lingiari Yes
Bill Shorten Maribyrnong Yes
Sally Sitou Reid Yes
David Smith Bean 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
Josh Wilson Fremantle Yes
Tony Zappia Makin Yes
Tony Burke Watson No
Cassandra Fernando Holt No
Matt Keogh Burt No
Emma McBride Dobell No
Daniel Mulino Fraser No
Michelle Rowland Greenway Absent
Maria Vamvakinou Calwell Absent
Rebekha Sharkie Mayo Centre Alliance Yes
Mark Coulton Parkes Deputy Speaker No
Zoe Daniel Goldstein Independent Yes
Monique Ryan Kooyong Independent Yes
Sophie Scamps Mackellar Independent Yes
Allegra Spender Wentworth Independent Yes
Zali Steggall Warringah Independent Yes
Kylea Tink North Sydney Independent Yes
Andrew Wilkie Clark Independent Yes
Kate Chaney Curtin Independent Absent
Helen Haines Indi Independent Absent
Dai Le Fowler Independent Absent
Bob Katter Kennedy Katter's Australian Party No
Liberal National Party (88% turnout) 1 Yes 6 No
Angie Bell Moncrieff Yes
Colin Boyce Flynn No
Garth Hamilton Groom No
Henry Pike Bowman No
Andrew Wallace Fisher No
Andrew Willcox Dawson No
Terry Young Longman No
Phillip Thompson Herbert Absent
Liberal Party (83% turnout) 13 Yes 17 No
Bridget Archer Bass Yes
Peter Dutton Dickson Yes
Warren Entsch Leichhardt Yes
Paul Fletcher Bradfield Yes
Ian Goodenough Moore Yes
Sussan Ley Farrer Yes
Nola Marino Forrest Yes
Zoe McKenzie Flinders Yes
Gavin Pearce Braddon Yes
Melissa Price Durack Yes
James Stevens Sturt Yes
Jenny Ware Hughes Yes
Jason Wood La Trobe Yes
Russell Broadbent Monash No
Scott Buchholz Wright No
Andrew Hastie Canning No
Alex Hawke Mitchell No
Luke Howarth Petrie No
Julian Leeser Berowra No
Scott Morrison Cook No
Ted O'Brien Fairfax No
Tony Pasin Barker 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
Bert Van Manen Forde No
Keith Wolahan Menzies No
Karen Andrews McPherson Absent
David Coleman Banks Absent
Melissa McIntosh Lindsay Absent
Ross Vasta Bonner Absent
Aaron Violi Casey Absent
Rick Wilson O'Connor Absent
National Party (92% turnout) 5 Yes 7 No
Sam Birrell Nicholls Yes
Darren Chester Gippsland Yes
Andrew Gee Calare Yes
David Littleproud Maranoa Yes
Llew O'Brien Wide Bay Yes
Pat Conaghan Cowper No
David Gillespie Lyne No
Kevin Hogan Page No
Barnaby Joyce New England No
Michael McCormack Riverina No
Keith Pitt Hinkler No
Anne Webster Mallee No
Michelle Landry Capricornia Absent
Milton Dick Oxley Speaker Absent
Totals (90% turnout) 99 Yes – 37 No