The majority voted in favour of disagreeing with amendments introduced by Warringah MP Zali Steggall (Independent), which means they failed and won't be included in the bill.


Bass MP Bridget Archer (Liberal) crossed the floor to vote 'No' in this division while the rest of her party voted "Yes". This means that Ms Archer supported these amendments.

What did the amendments do?

Ms Steggall explained that:

There are two components to the amendment that I have circulated. It's a simple amendment to the drafting of the objects of the Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Bill 2022. What's important in the first part of this amendment is that it's consistent with recommendation 16a of the Respect@Work report. This amendment omits the 'so far as practicable' from the objects. This is necessary because the current wording introduces a lower standard than is proposed in recommendation 16 of the Respect@Work report. It's inconsistent with several other objects contained in section 3 of the Sex Discrimination Act, which sets a higher standard. It may give rise to the implication that rights codified in the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women will only be protected domestically to the extent that it is practicable to do so.

In relation to the second part of the amendment, it is about changing the language used. The objects as drafted by the government in the bill refer to men and women specifically. We need to start moving to gender neutral language. Legislation in this place needs to start embracing the future and younger generations, who are not defined by gender language. In line with the Commonwealth Latimer House principles, gender neutral language should be used in the drafting and use of legislation.

Amendment text

(1) Schedule 8, item 2, page 44 (lines 9 and 10), omit the item, substitute:

2 Paragraph 3(e)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

(e) to achieve substantive equality for everyone, irrespective of gender or sexual orientation.

Votes Passed by a modest majority

There was 1 rebellion in this division.

Party Votes
Australian Greens (100% turnout) 0 Yes 4 No
Adam Bandt Melbourne No
Stephen Bates Brisbane No
Max Chandler-Mather Griffith No
Elizabeth Watson-Brown Ryan No
Australian Labor Party (62% turnout) 47 Yes 0 No
Michelle Ananda-Rajah Higgins Yes
Tony Burke Watson Yes
Matt Burnell Spence Yes
Linda Burney Barton Yes
Josh Burns Macnamara Yes
Alison Byrnes Cunningham Yes
Lisa Chesters Bendigo Yes
Jason Clare Blaxland Yes
Sharon Claydon Newcastle Yes
Libby Coker Corangamite Yes
Julie Collins Franklin Yes
Mark Dreyfus Isaacs Yes
Justine Elliot Richmond Yes
Cassandra Fernando Holt Yes
Mike Freelander Macarthur Yes
Carina Garland Chisholm Yes
Steve Georganas Adelaide Yes
Andrew Giles Scullin Yes
Patrick Gorman Perth Yes
Julian Hill Bruce Yes
Stephen Jones Whitlam Yes
Madeleine King Brand Yes
Jerome Laxale Bennelong Yes
Sam Lim Tangney Yes
Zaneta Mascarenhas Swan Yes
Kristy McBain Eden-Monaro Yes
Louise Miller-Frost Boothby Yes
Rob Mitchell McEwen Yes
Daniel Mulino Fraser Yes
Shayne Neumann Blair Yes
Alicia Payne Canberra Yes
Tanya Plibersek Sydney Yes
Gordon Reid Robertson Yes
Dan Repacholi Hunter Yes
Amanda Rishworth Kingston Yes
Tracey Roberts Pearce Yes
Michelle Rowland Greenway Yes
Joanne Ryan Lalor Yes
Marion Scrymgour Lingiari 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
Anthony Albanese Grayndler Absent
Anne Aly Cowan Absent
Chris Bowen McMahon Absent
Mark Butler Hindmarsh Absent
Jim Chalmers Rankin Absent
Andrew Charlton Parramatta Absent
Pat Conroy Shortland Absent
Luke Gosling Solomon Absent
Ed Husic Chifley Absent
Ged Kearney Cooper Absent
Matt Keogh Burt Absent
Peter Khalil Wills Absent
Catherine King Ballarat Absent
Tania Lawrence Hasluck Absent
Andrew Leigh Fenner Absent
Richard Marles Corio Absent
Emma McBride Dobell Absent
Brian Mitchell Lyons Absent
Peta Murphy Dunkley Absent
Brendan O'Connor Gorton Absent
Clare O'Neil Hotham Absent
Graham Perrett Moreton Absent
Fiona Phillips Gilmore Absent
Sam Rae Hawke Absent
Bill Shorten Maribyrnong Absent
Maria Vamvakinou Calwell Absent
Anika Wells Lilley Absent
Josh Wilson Fremantle Absent
Tony Zappia Makin Absent
Rebekha Sharkie Mayo Centre Alliance Yes
Mark Coulton Parkes Deputy Speaker Yes
Dai Le Fowler Independent Yes
Kate Chaney Curtin Independent No
Zoe Daniel Goldstein Independent No
Helen Haines Indi Independent No
Monique Ryan Kooyong Independent No
Sophie Scamps Mackellar Independent No
Allegra Spender Wentworth Independent No
Zali Steggall Warringah Independent No
Kylea Tink North Sydney Independent No
Andrew Wilkie Clark Independent No
Bob Katter Kennedy Katter's Australian Party Absent
Liberal National Party (13% turnout) 1 Yes 0 No
Andrew Willcox Dawson Yes
Angie Bell Moncrieff Absent
Colin Boyce Flynn Absent
Garth Hamilton Groom Absent
Henry Pike Bowman Absent
Phillip Thompson Herbert Absent
Andrew Wallace Fisher Absent
Terry Young Longman Absent
Liberal Party (25% turnout) 8 Yes 1 No
Ian Goodenough Moore Yes
Julian Leeser Berowra Yes
Gavin Pearce Braddon Yes
James Stevens Sturt Yes
Michael Sukkar Deakin Yes
Aaron Violi Casey Yes
Rick Wilson O'Connor Yes
Keith Wolahan Menzies Yes
Bridget Archer Bass No
Karen Andrews McPherson Absent
Russell Broadbent Monash Absent
Scott Buchholz Wright Absent
David Coleman Banks Absent
Peter Dutton Dickson Absent
Warren Entsch Leichhardt Absent
Paul Fletcher Bradfield Absent
Andrew Hastie Canning Absent
Alex Hawke Mitchell Absent
Luke Howarth Petrie Absent
Sussan Ley Farrer Absent
Nola Marino Forrest Absent
Melissa McIntosh Lindsay Absent
Zoe McKenzie Flinders Absent
Scott Morrison Cook Absent
Ted O'Brien Fairfax Absent
Tony Pasin Barker Absent
Melissa Price Durack Absent
Rowan Ramsey Grey Absent
Stuart Robert Fadden Absent
Angus Taylor Hume Absent
Dan Tehan Wannon Absent
Alan Tudge Aston Absent
Bert Van Manen Forde Absent
Ross Vasta Bonner Absent
Jenny Ware Hughes Absent
Jason Wood La Trobe Absent
National Party (31% turnout) 4 Yes 0 No
Sam Birrell Nicholls Yes
Pat Conaghan Cowper Yes
Michael McCormack Riverina Yes
Keith Pitt Hinkler Yes
Darren Chester Gippsland Absent
Andrew Gee Calare Absent
David Gillespie Lyne Absent
Kevin Hogan Page Absent
Barnaby Joyce New England Absent
Michelle Landry Capricornia Absent
David Littleproud Maranoa Absent
Llew O'Brien Wide Bay Absent
Anne Webster Mallee Absent
Milton Dick Oxley Speaker Absent
Totals (51% turnout) 63 Yes – 14 No