The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young also on behalf of Liberal Senator Gary Humphries. The motion was:

That the Senate recognises the sovereignty of the territory parliaments to legislate within the powers conferred on them by the Federal Parliament, without interference from the Federal Government.

In supporting this motion and crossing the floor to vote in favour of it, Senator Humphries rebelled against his party.(Read more about what it means to rebel in our FAQ Section. ) Relevantly, he is one of the two senators representing the Australian Capital Territory.

Background to the motion

Three Australian territories have some level of self-government: the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Northern Territory and Norfolk Island. However, the federal government still has full power to legislate over them and can override laws made by territory parliaments.(Read more about Australian territories on Wikipedia here. ) This occurred in respect of same sex marriage legislation passed in the ACT before being disallowed by the federal government.(Read more about this here.)

Votes Not passed by a large majority

There was 1 rebellion in this division.

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 (74% turnout) 0 Yes 23 No
Catryna Bilyk Tasmania No
Mark Bishop WA No
Carol Brown Tasmania No
Kim Carr Victoria No
Jacinta Collins Victoria 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
Gavin Marshall Victoria 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
Glenn Sterle WA No
Dana Wortley SA No
Mark Arbib NSW Absent
Doug Cameron NSW Absent
Stephen Conroy Victoria Absent
Chris Evans WA Absent
John Faulkner NSW Absent
Anne McEwen SA 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 No
Nick Xenophon SA Independent Yes
Liberal Party (67% turnout) 1 Yes 19 No
Gary Humphries ACT Yes
Eric Abetz Tasmania No
Judith Adams WA No
Guy Barnett Tasmania No
Cory Bernardi SA No
Sue Boyce Queensland No
David Bushby Tasmania No
Michaelia Cash WA No
Richard Colbeck Tasmania No
Helen Coonan NSW No
Mathias Cormann WA No
Alan Eggleston WA No
Mitch Fifield Victoria No
David Johnston WA No
Helen Kroger Victoria No
Brett Mason Queensland No
Stephen Parry Tasmania No
Scott Ryan Victoria No
Judith Troeth Victoria No
Russell Trood Queensland No
Christopher Back WA Absent
Simon Birmingham SA Absent
George Brandis Queensland Absent
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells NSW Absent
Mary Fisher SA Absent
Bill Heffernan NSW Absent
Ian Macdonald Queensland Absent
Nick Minchin SA Absent
Marise Payne NSW Absent
Michael Ronaldson Victoria Absent
National Party (80% turnout) 0 Yes 4 No
Ron Boswell Queensland No
Barnaby Joyce Queensland No
Julian McGauran Victoria No
Fiona Nash NSW No
John Williams NSW Absent
John Hogg Queensland President No
Totals (75% turnout) 7 Yes – 50 No