The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Christine Milne, which means the motion failed.

Motion text

*That the Senate— *

(a) notes:

(i) the dire situation facing wild orang-utan populations in southeast Asian forests are being destroyed as a rate equal to 300 soccer fields every hour,

(ii) that orang-utans are predicted to be extinct in the wild within 10 to 15 years due largely to the palm oil industry replacing native forest with palm plantations,

(iii) that only three vegetable oils, namely peanut, sesame and soybean, are required to be labelled as food products under Australian labelling laws allowing palm oil to be hidden as vegetable oil,

(iv) the DeforestACTION program run in 350 Australian schools and in many other schools worldwide raises awareness of forestry impacts and fundraises for international wildlife and forest conservation projects, and

(v) the DeforestACTION program's objectives are to:

(a) raise funds to buy back and preserve rainforests (initially in Indonesia),

(b) regrow a full forest ecosystem (initially 50 000 hectares),

(c) create the world's largest orang-utan sanctuary, allowing people to interact remotely with the animals,

(d) monitor rainforest via satellites to provide real time intelligence require to halt illegal deforestation,

(e) develop a proven model for 21st century learning to be embraced by schools globally, and

(f) create global awareness of the dangers of destroying forest for monoculture farming, especially palm oil;

(b) recognises and congratulates Tasmania's Taroona High School students and staff for their awareness and fundraising activities for the DeforestACTION program resulting in recognition of Taroona High School as the world's leading school for the program; and

(c) calls on the Government to:

(i) include palm oil as a declared ingredient in food and cosmetic products under current labelling laws, and

(ii) support the DeforestACTION program by showing leadership in protecting native forests in Australia and primary forests around the world.

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
Trish Crossin NT No
Don Farrell SA No
John Faulkner NSW No
David Feeney Victoria No
Michael Forshaw NSW No
Mark Furner Queensland No
Steve Hutchins NSW No
Joe Ludwig Queensland No
Kate Lundy ACT No
Gavin Marshall Victoria No
Anne McEwen SA No
Jan McLucas Queensland No
Claire Moore Queensland No
Kerry O'Brien Tasmania No
Louise Pratt WA No
Nick Sherry Tasmania No
Ursula Stephens NSW No
Dana Wortley SA No
Mark Arbib NSW Absent
Doug Cameron NSW Absent
Kim Carr Victoria Absent
Jacinta Collins Victoria Absent
Stephen Conroy Victoria Absent
Chris Evans WA Absent
Annette Hurley SA Absent
Helen Polley 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 (27% turnout) 0 Yes 8 No
Sue Boyce Queensland No
Richard Colbeck Tasmania No
Helen Coonan NSW No
Mitch Fifield Victoria No
Helen Kroger Victoria No
Stephen Parry Tasmania No
Judith Troeth Victoria No
Russell Trood Queensland No
Eric Abetz Tasmania Absent
Judith Adams WA Absent
Christopher Back WA Absent
Guy Barnett Tasmania Absent
Cory Bernardi SA Absent
Simon Birmingham SA Absent
George Brandis Queensland Absent
David Bushby Tasmania Absent
Michaelia Cash WA Absent
Mathias Cormann WA Absent
Alan Eggleston WA Absent
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells NSW Absent
Mary Fisher SA Absent
Bill Heffernan NSW Absent
Gary Humphries ACT Absent
David Johnston WA Absent
Ian Macdonald Queensland Absent
Brett Mason Queensland Absent
Nick Minchin SA Absent
Marise Payne NSW Absent
Michael Ronaldson Victoria Absent
Scott Ryan Victoria Absent
National Party (40% turnout) 0 Yes 2 No
Ron Boswell Queensland No
Fiona Nash NSW No
Barnaby Joyce Queensland Absent
Julian McGauran Victoria Absent
John Williams NSW Absent
John Hogg Queensland President Absent
Totals (50% turnout) 6 Yes – 32 No