The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Christine Milne. This means that it was unsuccessful. The motion was:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) that United States of America company, First Solar, has signed a memorandum of understanding to build a 2GW solar power station in China and that this single plant will be eight times larger than projects called for by the Solar Flagship Program (the program), (ii) that the program depends for success on significant levels of private sector capital, (iii) that the global financial crisis is exacerbating difficulties Australian companies are experiencing in accessing private sector capital for innovative renewable technologies, (iv) that, in Australia, Solar Systems has gone into voluntary administration because of a lack of investment capital, and (v) the lack of a comprehensive or coherent policy framework to encourage private sector investment in renewable energy; and (b) calls on the Government to underpin the success of the program by: (i) providing loan guarantees for commercial-scale demonstration projects, (ii) implementing a gross national feed-in tariff for small to utility scale renewable energy projects, and (iii) planning and funding electricity grid extensions to connect remote utility scale projects.

Votes Not passed by a large 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 (68% turnout) 0 Yes 21 No
Catryna Bilyk Tasmania No
Mark Bishop WA No
Carol Brown Tasmania No
Doug Cameron NSW No
Trish Crossin NT No
Don Farrell SA No
David Feeney Victoria No
Michael Forshaw NSW No
Mark Furner Queensland No
Annette Hurley SA No
Steve Hutchins NSW No
Joe Ludwig Queensland No
Kate Lundy ACT No
Anne McEwen SA No
Jan McLucas Queensland No
Claire Moore Queensland No
Kerry O'Brien Tasmania No
Helen Polley Tasmania No
Louise Pratt WA No
Ursula Stephens NSW No
Dana Wortley SA No
Mark Arbib NSW Absent
Kim Carr Victoria Absent
Jacinta Collins Victoria Absent
Stephen Conroy Victoria Absent
Chris Evans WA Absent
John Faulkner NSW Absent
Gavin Marshall Victoria Absent
Nick Sherry Tasmania Absent
Glenn Sterle WA Absent
Penny Wong SA Absent
Nigel Scullion NT Country Liberal Party Absent
Alan Ferguson SA Deputy President Absent
Steve Fielding Victoria Family First Party No
Nick Xenophon SA Independent Yes
Liberal Party (37% turnout) 0 Yes 11 No
Judith Adams WA No
Christopher Back WA No
Guy Barnett Tasmania No
Richard Colbeck Tasmania No
Mathias Cormann WA No
Mary Fisher SA No
Bill Heffernan NSW No
Gary Humphries ACT No
Stephen Parry Tasmania No
Scott Ryan Victoria No
Russell Trood Queensland No
Eric Abetz Tasmania Absent
Cory Bernardi SA Absent
Simon Birmingham SA Absent
Sue Boyce Queensland Absent
George Brandis Queensland Absent
David Bushby Tasmania Absent
Michaelia Cash WA Absent
Helen Coonan NSW Absent
Alan Eggleston WA Absent
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells NSW Absent
Mitch Fifield Victoria Absent
David Johnston WA Absent
Helen Kroger Victoria Absent
Ian Macdonald Queensland Absent
Brett Mason Queensland Absent
Nick Minchin SA Absent
Marise Payne NSW Absent
Michael Ronaldson Victoria Absent
Judith Troeth Victoria Absent
National Party (60% turnout) 0 Yes 3 No
Ron Boswell Queensland No
Fiona Nash NSW No
John Williams NSW No
Barnaby Joyce Queensland Absent
Julian McGauran Victoria Absent
John Hogg Queensland President No
Totals (57% turnout) 6 Yes – 37 No