The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young calling for the Government "to immediately make available capital grants funds and operational costs to assist not-for-profit child care providers in taking over the remaining centres".

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Government’s second prop-up of $34 million to keep ABC Learning operating until 31 March 2009, is due to expire in 2 weeks time, and

(ii) of the 241 failed centres due to be sold or closed, to date only 65 have been sold;

(b) recognises that this crisis represents an opportunity for child care in Australia to be transformed from a market-driven industry to a vital community service and a government-supported first step in lifelong learning; and

(c) calls on the Government to immediately make available capital grants funds and operational costs to assist not-for-profit child care providers in taking over the remaining centres.

Votes Not passed by a modest majority

Nobody rebelled against their party.

Party Votes
Australian Greens (100% turnout) 5 Yes 0 No
Bob Brown Tasmania Yes
Sarah Hanson-Young SA Yes
Scott Ludlam WA Yes
Christine Milne Tasmania Yes
Rachel Siewert WA Yes
Australian Labor Party (55% turnout) 0 Yes 17 No
Mark Arbib NSW No
Mark Bishop WA No
Doug Cameron NSW No
Don Farrell SA No
David Feeney Victoria No
Michael Forshaw NSW No
Annette Hurley SA No
Steve Hutchins NSW No
Joe Ludwig Queensland No
Kate Lundy ACT No
Gavin Marshall Victoria No
Anne McEwen SA No
Claire Moore Queensland No
Kerry O'Brien Tasmania No
Helen Polley Tasmania No
Nick Sherry Tasmania No
Ursula Stephens NSW No
Catryna Bilyk Tasmania Absent
Carol Brown Tasmania Absent
Kim Carr Victoria Absent
Jacinta Collins Victoria Absent
Stephen Conroy Victoria Absent
Trish Crossin NT Absent
Chris Evans WA Absent
John Faulkner NSW Absent
Mark Furner Queensland Absent
Jan McLucas Queensland Absent
Louise Pratt WA Absent
Glenn Sterle WA Absent
Penny Wong SA Absent
Dana Wortley SA Absent
Nigel Scullion NT Country Liberal Party Absent
Alan Ferguson SA Deputy President No
Steve Fielding Victoria Family First Party Yes
Nick Xenophon SA Independent Yes
Liberal Party (40% turnout) 0 Yes 12 No
Christopher Back WA No
Simon Birmingham SA No
Sue Boyce Queensland No
George Brandis Queensland No
Michaelia Cash WA No
Gary Humphries ACT No
Ian Macdonald Queensland No
Brett Mason Queensland No
Stephen Parry Tasmania No
Scott Ryan Victoria No
Judith Troeth Victoria No
Russell Trood Queensland No
Eric Abetz Tasmania Absent
Judith Adams WA Absent
Guy Barnett Tasmania Absent
Cory Bernardi SA Absent
David Bushby Tasmania Absent
Richard Colbeck Tasmania Absent
Helen Coonan NSW Absent
Mathias Cormann WA Absent
Alan Eggleston WA Absent
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells NSW Absent
Mitch Fifield Victoria Absent
Mary Fisher SA Absent
Bill Heffernan NSW Absent
David Johnston WA Absent
Helen Kroger Victoria Absent
Nick Minchin SA Absent
Marise Payne NSW Absent
Michael Ronaldson Victoria Absent
National Party (40% turnout) 0 Yes 2 No
Ron Boswell Queensland No
John Williams NSW No
Barnaby Joyce Queensland Absent
Julian McGauran Victoria Absent
Fiona Nash NSW Absent
John Hogg Queensland President Absent
Totals (51% turnout) 7 Yes – 32 No