The Aye voters failed to pass a motion to agree to making a request that the House of Representatives amend the Paid Parental Leave Bill 2010 to introduce an entitlement to superannuation.

This means that the majority of senators have rejected the amendments.

The amendment was introduced by Greens Party Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, who argued that the amendments were necessary to address “the gap in retirement savings between men and women”.

Senator Chris Evans, speaking for the Labor Government, did not support the amendments. He relied on the Productivity Commission’s recommendation that superannuation contributions under the scheme should be delayed until after a review of the scheme.

Liberal Party Senator Mitchell Fifield said that the Coalition Opposition appreciated and was sympathetic towards the amendments’ objective but would not be supporting them because “there is no realistic prospect of the government accepting such amendments in the House”. Senator Fifield argued that although the Labor Government’s scheme was “not perfect, it is a step in the right direction and we do not want to thwart that”.

The Coalition’s election victory in 2013 may see changes to paid parental leave. For example, the Coalition’s proposed scheme includes superannuation contributions. A copy of their proposed paid parental leave scheme can be found here [1.7MB].

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 (58% turnout) 0 Yes 18 No
Catryna Bilyk Tasmania No
Doug Cameron NSW No
Jacinta Collins Victoria No
Trish Crossin NT No
David Feeney Victoria No
Mark Furner Queensland No
Annette Hurley SA No
Steve Hutchins NSW No
Kate Lundy ACT No
Gavin Marshall Victoria No
Anne McEwen SA No
Jan McLucas Queensland No
Claire Moore Queensland 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
Mark Bishop WA Absent
Carol Brown Tasmania Absent
Kim Carr Victoria Absent
Stephen Conroy Victoria Absent
Chris Evans WA Absent
Don Farrell SA Absent
John Faulkner NSW Absent
Michael Forshaw NSW Absent
Joe Ludwig Queensland Absent
Kerry O'Brien Tasmania Absent
Nick Sherry Tasmania Absent
Penny Wong SA Absent
Nigel Scullion NT Country Liberal Party Absent
Alan Ferguson SA Deputy President No
Steve Fielding Victoria Family First Party No
Nick Xenophon SA Independent Absent
Liberal Party (40% turnout) 0 Yes 12 No
Judith Adams WA No
Christopher Back WA No
Simon Birmingham SA No
Richard Colbeck Tasmania No
Helen Coonan NSW No
Mathias Cormann WA No
Mary Fisher SA No
Ian Macdonald Queensland No
Brett Mason Queensland No
Nick Minchin SA No
Stephen Parry Tasmania No
Judith Troeth Victoria No
Eric Abetz Tasmania Absent
Guy Barnett Tasmania Absent
Cory Bernardi SA Absent
Sue Boyce Queensland Absent
George Brandis Queensland Absent
David Bushby Tasmania Absent
Michaelia Cash WA Absent
Alan Eggleston WA Absent
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells NSW Absent
Mitch Fifield Victoria Absent
Bill Heffernan NSW Absent
Gary Humphries ACT Absent
David Johnston WA Absent
Helen Kroger Victoria Absent
Marise Payne NSW Absent
Michael Ronaldson Victoria Absent
Scott Ryan Victoria Absent
Russell Trood Queensland 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) 5 Yes – 34 No