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The majority voted against a motion to put the question, which was introduced by Greens Senator Larissa Waters. The question was whether to read the bill for a second time.(Read more about the stages that a bill must pass through to become law here. )

Because this motion was unsuccessful, the second reading debate will continue and the vote on whether to read the bill for a second time will take place at a later date.

Background to the bill

This bill was introduced as a private member's bill by Senator Christine Milne. It seeks to establish a National Integrity Commission as an independent statutory agency in order to:

  • investigate and prevent misconduct and corruption in all Commonwealth departments, agencies, and federal parliamentarians and their staff;
  • investigate and prevent corruption in the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Crime Commission; and
  • provide independent advice to ministers and parliamentarians on conduct, ethics and matters of proprietary.(Read more about the bill, including its explanatory memorandum, here.)

Votes Not passed by a modest majority

Nobody rebelled against their party.

Party Votes
Australian Greens (100% turnout) 9 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
Rachel Siewert WA Yes
Larissa Waters Queensland Yes
Peter Whish-Wilson Tasmania Yes
Penny Wright SA Yes
Australian Labor Party (80% turnout) 0 Yes 24 No
Catryna Bilyk Tasmania No
Doug Cameron NSW No
Jacinta Collins Victoria No
Sam Dastyari NSW No
Don Farrell SA No
John Faulkner NSW No
Mark Furner Queensland No
Alex Gallacher SA No
Sue Lines WA 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
Nova Peris NT No
Helen Polley Tasmania No
Louise Pratt WA No
Lisa Singh Tasmania No
Ursula Stephens NSW No
Glenn Sterle WA No
Lin Thorp Tasmania No
Mehmet Tillem Victoria No
Anne Urquhart Tasmania No
Mark Bishop WA Absent
Carol Brown Tasmania Absent
Kim Carr Victoria Absent
Stephen Conroy Victoria Absent
Deborah O'Neill NSW Absent
Penny Wong SA Absent
Nigel Scullion NT Country Liberal Party Absent
John Madigan Victoria Democratic Labor Party Absent
Stephen Parry Tasmania Deputy President No
Nick Xenophon SA Independent Absent
Liberal Party (48% turnout) 0 Yes 13 No
Christopher Back WA No
Cory Bernardi SA No
Sue Boyce Queensland No
David Bushby Tasmania No
Richard Colbeck Tasmania No
Sean Edwards SA No
David Fawcett SA No
Mitch Fifield Victoria No
Ian Macdonald Queensland No
Marise Payne NSW No
Anne Ruston SA No
Zed Seselja ACT No
Dean Smith WA No
Eric Abetz Tasmania Absent
Simon Birmingham SA Absent
George Brandis Queensland Absent
Michaelia Cash WA Absent
Mathias Cormann WA Absent
Alan Eggleston WA Absent
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells NSW Absent
Bill Heffernan NSW Absent
David Johnston WA Absent
Helen Kroger Victoria Absent
Brett Mason Queensland Absent
Michael Ronaldson Victoria Absent
Scott Ryan Victoria Absent
Arthur Sinodinos NSW Absent
National Party (80% turnout) 0 Yes 4 No
Ron Boswell Queensland No
Bridget McKenzie Victoria No
Barry O'Sullivan Queensland No
John Williams NSW No
Fiona Nash NSW Absent
John Hogg Queensland President No
Totals (68% turnout) 9 Yes – 43 No