Same-Sex Relationships (Equal Treatment in Commonwealth Laws - Superannuation) Bill 2008 - Second Reading - Keep motion to read a second time unchanged
Passed by a small majority
No rebellions 87% attendance
We move to proposed reference No. 8-that the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Donations and Other Measures) Bill 2008 be referred to a committee.
Mr President, a point of clarification: what is the date on that referral coming back?
I will read the whole question, which is: that the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Donations and Other Measures) Bill 2008 be referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters for inquiry and report by 30 June 2009 in conjunction with the committee’s inquiry into the 2007 federal election.
Mr President, I would like to move an amendment to that motion.
Senator Fielding, the debate is closed. You did not foreshadow an amendment, so you will have to seek leave to move an amendment.
I seek leave to move an amendment.
Is leave granted?
Mr President, it is quite a serious matter for the Senate at this stage to be asked to consider an amendment. I think it would be prudent for the Senate to hear what the amendment is before we give leave to consider the matter.
I can only ask you to give leave or otherwise. Is leave granted?
I would like to hear what the amendment is before we vote on that matter.
The amendment is for the reporting date to be before November 2008.
Senators have heard the amendment. Is leave granted for Senator Fielding to move the amendment?
Omit “by 30 June 2009”, substitute “before November 2008”.
Mr President, the Senate is being asked to agree to an unspecified date before November. If we are going to proceed with the matter, I suggest that the senator specify the reporting date that he wants the Senate to consider.
If I heard the amendment correctly, Senator Fielding moved that it should be before November. If it is before November, the date would have to be 31 October or before.
I just want to comment on the process here. We can make a determination on this, but it is inappropriate that the Senate be asked to deal with an amendment like this outside the debate.
Senator Brown, because Senator Fielding has moved the amendment and you have already spoken, you can only take a point of order or seek leave to make further comments.
I haven’t spoken on the amendment.
Yes, you did. You spoke a few minutes ago. You are allowed to speak only once. After he moved the amendment you stood on your feet and spoke. The question is that the amendment moved by Senator Fielding be agreed to.
Honourable senators interjecting-
Mr President, although I supported the motion for an earlier date, I did not support the division. I do not know anyone else who supported the division.
I was sure I heard two noes. I will put the question again. The question is that the amendment moved by Senator Fielding be agreed to. Those of that opinion say aye and those against say no. I did hear two ayes. Is a division required?
Honourable senators interjecting-
Order! Let’s get this clarified properly. I am going to put the question one more time. Is the amendment moved by Senator Fielding agreed to? Those of that opinion say aye and those against say no. I think the noes have it. Is a division required?
I am sorry, Senator Fielding; only one voice said yes.
Mr President, I ask that the Greens support for the amendment be recorded.
The question now is that proposed reference No. 8, relating to the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Donations and Other Measures) Bill 2008, be agreed to.
Nobody rebelled against their party.
|Australian Democrats (100% turnout)||0 Yes – 4 No|
|Lyn Allison Victoria||No|
|Andrew Bartlett Queensland||No|
|Andrew Murray WA||No|
|Natasha Stott Despoja SA||No|
|Australian Greens (100% turnout)||0 Yes – 4 No|
|Bob Brown Tasmania||No|
|Christine Milne Tasmania||No|
|Kerry Nettle NSW||No|
|Rachel Siewert WA||No|
|Australian Labor Party (81% turnout)||0 Yes – 22 No|
|Mark Bishop WA||No|
|Carol Brown Tasmania||No|
|George Campbell NSW||No|
|Jacinta Collins Victoria||No|
|Trish Crossin NT||No|
|Chris Evans WA||No|
|Michael Forshaw NSW||No|
|Annette Hurley SA||No|
|Steve Hutchins NSW||No|
|Linda Kirk SA||No|
|Kate Lundy ACT||No|
|Gavin Marshall Victoria||No|
|Anne McEwen SA||No|
|Jan McLucas Queensland||No|
|Claire Moore Queensland||No|
|Kerry O'Brien Tasmania||No|
|Helen Polley Tasmania||No|
|Nick Sherry Tasmania||No|
|Ursula Stephens NSW||No|
|Glenn Sterle WA||No|
|Ruth Webber WA||No|
|Dana Wortley SA||No|
|Kim Carr Victoria||Absent|
|Stephen Conroy Victoria||Absent|
|John Faulkner NSW||Absent|
|Joe Ludwig Queensland||Absent|
|Penny Wong SA||Absent|
|Nigel Scullion NT Country Liberal Party||Yes|
|John Hogg Queensland Deputy President||No|
|Steve Fielding Victoria Family First Party||No|
|Liberal Party (91% turnout)||29 Yes – 0 No|
|Eric Abetz Tasmania||Yes|
|Judith Adams WA||Yes|
|Guy Barnett Tasmania||Yes|
|Cory Bernardi SA||Yes|
|Simon Birmingham SA||Yes|
|Sue Boyce Queensland||Yes|
|George Brandis Queensland||Yes|
|David Bushby Tasmania||Yes|
|Grant Chapman SA||Yes|
|Richard Colbeck Tasmania||Yes|
|Helen Coonan NSW||Yes|
|Mathias Cormann WA||Yes|
|Alan Eggleston WA||Yes|
|Chris Ellison WA||Yes|
|Concetta Fierravanti-Wells NSW||Yes|
|Mitch Fifield Victoria||Yes|
|Mary Fisher SA||Yes|
|David Johnston WA||Yes|
|Rod Kemp Victoria||Yes|
|Ian Macdonald Queensland||Yes|
|Brett Mason Queensland||Yes|
|Nick Minchin SA||Yes|
|Stephen Parry Tasmania||Yes|
|Kay Patterson Victoria||Yes|
|Marise Payne NSW||Yes|
|Michael Ronaldson Victoria||Yes|
|Judith Troeth Victoria||Yes|
|Russell Trood Queensland||Yes|
|John Watson Tasmania||Yes|
|Bill Heffernan NSW||Absent|
|Gary Humphries ACT||Absent|
|Ross Lightfoot WA||Absent|
|National Party (60% turnout)||3 Yes – 0 No|
|Ron Boswell Queensland||Yes|
|Sandy Macdonald NSW||Yes|
|Julian McGauran Victoria||Yes|
|Barnaby Joyce Queensland||Absent|
|Fiona Nash NSW||Absent|
|Alan Ferguson SA President||Yes|
|Totals (87% turnout)||34 Yes – 32 No|
Turnout is the percentage of members eligible to vote that did vote.