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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Queensland Senator Larissa Waters (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) this week the Minister for Education, Mr Christopher Pyne, has won the most sexist politician for 2014 in the 22nd annual Ernie Awards, with his claim that his university loan interest hikes will not disproportionately impact women because 'they will not be able to earn the high incomes that dentists and lawyers will earn',

(ii) the Prime Minister, Mr Tony Abbott, has previously won the same award in 2002, 2010 and 2011,

(iii) in 2014, the political category received the highest number of nominees, and most were sitting federal parliamentarians, including:

(iv) sexism undermines efforts to achieve gender equality and as Ms Emma Watson said in her address to the United Nations recently, 'Men—I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue too'; and

(b) calls on all federal members of Parliament who are nominated for the Ernie Awards to accept that we are not in the 1950s and to proactively work toward achieving gender equality.

Votes Not passed by a small majority

Nobody rebelled against their party.

Party Votes
Australian Greens (100% turnout) 10 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
Janet Rice Victoria Yes
Rachel Siewert WA Yes
Larissa Waters Queensland Yes
Peter Whish-Wilson Tasmania Yes
Penny Wright SA Yes
Australian Labor Party (67% turnout) 16 Yes 0 No
Catryna Bilyk Tasmania Yes
Joe Bullock WA Yes
Jacinta Collins Victoria Yes
John Faulkner NSW Yes
Alex Gallacher SA Yes
Chris Ketter Queensland Yes
Sue Lines WA Yes
Joe Ludwig Queensland Yes
Anne McEwen SA Yes
Jan McLucas Queensland Yes
Claire Moore Queensland Yes
Nova Peris NT Yes
Helen Polley Tasmania Yes
Lisa Singh Tasmania Yes
Glenn Sterle WA Yes
Anne Urquhart Tasmania Yes
Carol Brown Tasmania Absent
Doug Cameron NSW Absent
Kim Carr Victoria Absent
Stephen Conroy Victoria Absent
Sam Dastyari NSW Absent
Kate Lundy ACT Absent
Deborah O'Neill NSW Absent
Penny Wong SA Absent
Ricky Muir Victoria Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party Absent
Nigel Scullion NT Country Liberal Party Absent
John Madigan Victoria Democratic Labor Party No
Gavin Marshall Victoria Deputy President Absent
Bob Day SA Family First Party No
John Madigan Victoria Independent Absent
Nick Xenophon SA Independent Absent
David Leyonhjelm NSW Liberal Democratic Party No
Liberal National Party (100% turnout) 0 Yes 2 No
Matthew Canavan Queensland No
James McGrath Queensland No
Liberal Party (68% turnout) 0 Yes 17 No
Christopher Back WA No
Cory Bernardi SA No
Simon Birmingham SA No
David Bushby Tasmania No
Michaelia Cash WA No
David Fawcett SA No
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells NSW No
Mitch Fifield Victoria No
Ian Macdonald Queensland No
Brett Mason Queensland No
Marise Payne NSW No
Linda Reynolds WA No
Michael Ronaldson Victoria No
Anne Ruston SA No
Scott Ryan Victoria No
Zed Seselja ACT No
Arthur Sinodinos NSW No
Eric Abetz Tasmania Absent
George Brandis Queensland Absent
Richard Colbeck Tasmania Absent
Mathias Cormann WA Absent
Sean Edwards SA Absent
Bill Heffernan NSW Absent
David Johnston WA Absent
Dean Smith WA Absent
National Party (100% turnout) 0 Yes 4 No
Bridget McKenzie Victoria No
Fiona Nash NSW No
Barry O'Sullivan Queensland No
John Williams NSW No
Palmer United Party (0.0% turnout) Absent
Jacqui Lambie Tasmania Absent
Glenn Lazarus Queensland Absent
Dio Wang WA Absent
Stephen Parry Tasmania President No
Totals (70% turnout) 26 Yes – 27 No