The majority voted in favour of a motion that part 5 clauses 18 and 19 stand as printed. In other words, that part 5 clauses 18 and 19 remain unchanged.

Clause 18 amends the Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Act 1911 to raise the debt limit from $250 to $300. Clause 19 is concerned with the application of Clause 19.

This motion was put after Liberal Senator Mathias Cormann moved a motion that those two clauses be opposed.(Read Senator Cormann's explanation for his motion and the associated debate here. )

Background to the bill

The purpose of the bill is to appropriate money out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for certain expenditure.(Read more about appropriation bills and what they do more generally here. ) It also amends the Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Act 1911 to increase the cap on the face value of stock and securities that can be on issue under the Treasurer’s standing borrowing authority to from $250 billion to $300 billion.(You can find more about the bill, including its bills digest, here.)


Votes Passed by a small majority

Nobody rebelled against their party.

Party Votes
Australian Greens (89% turnout) 8 Yes 0 No
Richard Di Natale Victoria Yes
Sarah Hanson-Young SA Yes
Scott Ludlam WA Yes
Christine Milne Tasmania Yes
Lee Rhiannon NSW Yes
Larissa Waters Queensland Yes
Peter Whish-Wilson Tasmania Yes
Penny Wright SA Yes
Rachel Siewert WA Absent
Australian Labor Party (87% turnout) 26 Yes 0 No
Catryna Bilyk Tasmania Yes
Mark Bishop WA Yes
Doug Cameron NSW Yes
Bob Carr NSW Yes
Jacinta Collins Victoria Yes
Stephen Conroy Victoria Yes
Trish Crossin NT Yes
Chris Evans WA Yes
Don Farrell SA Yes
John Faulkner NSW Yes
David Feeney Victoria Yes
Mark Furner Queensland Yes
Alex Gallacher SA Yes
Gavin Marshall Victoria Yes
Anne McEwen SA Yes
Jan McLucas Queensland Yes
Claire Moore Queensland Yes
Helen Polley Tasmania Yes
Louise Pratt WA Yes
Lisa Singh Tasmania Yes
Ursula Stephens NSW Yes
Glenn Sterle WA Yes
Matt Thistlethwaite NSW Yes
Lin Thorp Tasmania Yes
Anne Urquhart Tasmania Yes
Penny Wong SA Yes
Carol Brown Tasmania Absent
Kim Carr Victoria Absent
Joe Ludwig Queensland Absent
Kate Lundy ACT Absent
Nigel Scullion NT Country Liberal Party No
John Madigan Victoria Democratic Labor Party No
Stephen Parry Tasmania Deputy President No
Nick Xenophon SA Independent Absent
Liberal Party (81% turnout) 0 Yes 22 No
Eric Abetz Tasmania No
Cory Bernardi SA No
Simon Birmingham SA No
Sue Boyce Queensland No
Michaelia Cash WA No
Richard Colbeck Tasmania No
Mathias Cormann WA No
Sean Edwards SA No
Alan Eggleston WA No
David Fawcett SA No
Mitch Fifield Victoria No
Bill Heffernan NSW No
Gary Humphries ACT No
David Johnston WA No
Helen Kroger Victoria No
Ian Macdonald Queensland No
Brett Mason Queensland No
Marise Payne NSW No
Michael Ronaldson Victoria No
Scott Ryan Victoria No
Arthur Sinodinos NSW No
Dean Smith WA No
Christopher Back WA Absent
George Brandis Queensland Absent
David Bushby Tasmania Absent
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells NSW Absent
Mary Fisher SA Absent
National Party (100% turnout) 0 Yes 5 No
Ron Boswell Queensland No
Barnaby Joyce Queensland No
Bridget McKenzie Victoria No
Fiona Nash NSW No
John Williams NSW No
John Hogg Queensland President Yes
Totals (86% turnout) 35 Yes – 30 No