The majority voted in favour of a motion to read the bill a third time.

This means that the bill is now passed in the Senate and, as it has already passed in the House of Representatives, it will now become law.

The purpose of the bill was to change the law so that asylum-seekers will no longer be charged for their upkeep when locked up in detention centres.

Debate in Parliament

The Coalition voted against reading the bill for a third time, with the exception of Liberal Senator Judith Troeth. Senator Troeth crossed the floor to vote in favour of the bill.(Read more about Senator Troeth's rebellion here. )

Background to the bill

The bill was introduced by Labor MP Laurie Ferguson to amend the Migration Act 1958. It removes the liability for immigration detention and related costs for certain persons and liable parties and extinguish all outstanding immigration detention debts. In other words, people detained in immigration detention will no longer be charged the cost of their detention.(Read more about this amendment on Lawyers Weekly and


Votes Passed by a small majority

There was 1 rebellion in this division.

  • Judith Troeth voted Yes against the majority of the Liberal 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 (81% turnout) 25 Yes 0 No
Catryna Bilyk Tasmania Yes
Mark Bishop WA Yes
Carol Brown Tasmania Yes
Doug Cameron NSW Yes
Kim Carr Victoria Yes
Jacinta Collins Victoria Yes
Stephen Conroy Victoria Yes
Trish Crossin NT Yes
Chris Evans WA Yes
Don Farrell SA Yes
David Feeney Victoria Yes
Michael Forshaw NSW Yes
Mark Furner Queensland Yes
Annette Hurley SA Yes
Steve Hutchins NSW Yes
Joe Ludwig Queensland Yes
Kate Lundy ACT Yes
Anne McEwen SA Yes
Jan McLucas Queensland Yes
Claire Moore Queensland Yes
Helen Polley Tasmania Yes
Louise Pratt WA Yes
Ursula Stephens NSW Yes
Glenn Sterle WA Yes
Dana Wortley SA Yes
Mark Arbib NSW Absent
John Faulkner NSW Absent
Gavin Marshall Victoria Absent
Kerry O'Brien Tasmania Absent
Nick Sherry Tasmania Absent
Penny Wong SA Absent
Nigel Scullion NT Country Liberal Party No
Alan Ferguson SA Deputy President No
Steve Fielding Victoria Family First Party Yes
Nick Xenophon SA Independent Yes
Liberal Party (80% turnout) 1 Yes 23 No
Judith Troeth Victoria Yes
Eric Abetz Tasmania No
Judith Adams WA No
Christopher Back WA No
Cory Bernardi SA No
George Brandis Queensland No
David Bushby Tasmania No
Michaelia Cash WA No
Richard Colbeck Tasmania No
Helen Coonan NSW No
Alan Eggleston WA No
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells NSW No
Mitch Fifield Victoria No
Mary Fisher SA No
Bill Heffernan NSW No
David Johnston WA No
Helen Kroger Victoria No
Ian Macdonald Queensland No
Brett Mason Queensland No
Nick Minchin SA No
Stephen Parry Tasmania No
Marise Payne NSW No
Michael Ronaldson Victoria No
Scott Ryan Victoria No
Guy Barnett Tasmania Absent
Simon Birmingham SA Absent
Sue Boyce Queensland Absent
Mathias Cormann WA Absent
Gary Humphries ACT Absent
Russell Trood Queensland Absent
National Party (100% turnout) 0 Yes 5 No
Ron Boswell Queensland No
Barnaby Joyce Queensland No
Julian McGauran Victoria No
Fiona Nash NSW No
John Williams NSW No
John Hogg Queensland President Yes
Totals (84% turnout) 34 Yes – 30 No