The majority voted against a motion introduced by Senator Rachel Siewert.

It would have amended the original motion "That these bills be now read a second time" with the following:

At the end of the motion, add “and that:

(a) the bills, the multi-billion dollar adjustment to the bills, as agreed by the Coalition and the Government in November 2009, and the amendments required to implement that agreement, be referred to the Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 12.30pm on 1 December 2009;

(b) the Minister representing the Treasurer provide to that committee by 30 November 2009, for consideration as part of that inquiry, any modelling or analysis commissioned by Treasury and/or the Department of Climate Change and all documents prepared by Treasury in relation to the August 2009 Frontier Economics report on the economic impact of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme;(Read that report here (1.6 MB) )

(c) the Senate meet from 1 December to 3 December 2009 to consider the bills;

(d) further consideration of the bills be an order of the day for the day the committee presents its report”.

Background to the bills

The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 (No. 2) was introduced as part of a package of six bills along with five other related bills to introduce the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. They reflect the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 and its related acts, as amended in the House of Representatives before it was negated in the Senate.(See that division here. )

The scheme is an emission trading scheme designed to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in an effort to address climate change. It gives effect to Australia's obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.

The design of the scheme has been criticised by the business community for threatening jobs and by environmentalists for not going far enough with its emission reduction targets.(Read more about these criticisms here.)

The six bills that were introduced as a package are called:

The five other related bills are called:


Votes Not passed

Nobody rebelled against their party.

Party Votes
Australian Greens (0% turnout) Absent
Bob Brown Tasmania Absent
Sarah Hanson-Young SA Absent
Scott Ludlam WA Absent
Christine Milne Tasmania Absent
Rachel Siewert WA Absent
Australian Labor Party (0% turnout) Absent
Mark Arbib NSW Absent
Catryna Bilyk Tasmania Absent
Mark Bishop WA Absent
Carol Brown Tasmania Absent
Doug Cameron NSW Absent
Kim Carr Victoria Absent
Jacinta Collins Victoria Absent
Stephen Conroy Victoria Absent
Trish Crossin NT Absent
Chris Evans WA Absent
Don Farrell SA Absent
John Faulkner NSW Absent
David Feeney Victoria Absent
Michael Forshaw NSW Absent
Mark Furner Queensland Absent
Annette Hurley SA Absent
Steve Hutchins NSW Absent
Joe Ludwig Queensland Absent
Kate Lundy ACT Absent
Gavin Marshall Victoria Absent
Anne McEwen SA Absent
Jan McLucas Queensland Absent
Claire Moore Queensland Absent
Kerry O'Brien Tasmania Absent
Helen Polley Tasmania Absent
Louise Pratt WA Absent
Nick Sherry Tasmania Absent
Ursula Stephens NSW 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 Absent
Steve Fielding Victoria Family First Party Absent
Nick Xenophon SA Independent Absent
Liberal Party (0% turnout) Absent
Eric Abetz Tasmania Absent
Judith Adams WA Absent
Christopher Back WA Absent
Guy Barnett 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
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
Gary Humphries ACT Absent
David Johnston WA Absent
Helen Kroger Victoria Absent
Ian Macdonald Queensland Absent
Brett Mason Queensland Absent
Nick Minchin SA Absent
Stephen Parry Tasmania Absent
Marise Payne NSW Absent
Michael Ronaldson Victoria Absent
Scott Ryan Victoria Absent
Judith Troeth Victoria Absent
Russell Trood Queensland Absent
National Party (0% turnout) Absent
Ron Boswell Queensland Absent
Barnaby Joyce Queensland Absent
Julian McGauran Victoria Absent
Fiona Nash NSW Absent
John Williams NSW Absent
John Hogg Queensland President Absent
Totals (0% turnout) 0 Yes – 0 No