The majority voted against Greens senator Lee Rhiannon's motion which would have asked the Federal Government to ask the New South Wales Government to reconsider their lockout laws.

The main parts of the Sydney lockout laws, introduced by the Liberal Baird government, mean that certain venues can't sell takeaway alcohol after 10:00pm, accept new customers after 1:30am or serve alcohol after 3:00am.

Three days before Rhiannon introduced the motion, 15000 people protested against the lockout laws in Sydney.

Wording of the motion

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) on 3 February 2016, the Senate referred the ‘need for a nationally-consistent approach to alcohol-fuelled violence’ to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee,

(ii) late night violence and alcohol abuse has terrible consequences and is putting health and law enforcement services under tremendous pressure,

(iii) other large cities have retained a vibrant night life by providing 24 hour public transport, a range of support services and policing, and diversity in the density of licensed premises,

(iv) since the Sydney CBD entertainment precinct’s lockout laws commenced there have been huge costs to creative communities, live performances have declined by 40 per cent, jobs have been lost and dozens of venues have closed,

(v) on Sunday, 21 February 2016, about 15 000 people protesting in Sydney against the lockout policy of the New South Wales Liberal/National Government singled out job losses, the lack of personal freedoms and lost opportunities for young people as key concerns, and

(vi) residents and visitors to Sydney’s entertainment precinct should not be punished due to the behaviour of a small minority, and local communities should have a right to choose whether or not to have state lockout laws imposed on their localities; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to urge the New South Wales Government to work with the community and key stakeholders to find innovative and integrated long-term solutions that will keep Sydney vibrant, open and safe.

Votes Not passed by a modest 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
Nick McKim Tasmania Yes
Lee Rhiannon NSW Yes
Janet Rice Victoria Yes
Rachel Siewert WA Yes
Robert Simms SA Yes
Larissa Waters Queensland Yes
Peter Whish-Wilson Tasmania Yes
Australian Labor Party (71% turnout) 0 Yes 17 No
Joe Bullock WA No
Doug Cameron NSW No
Kim Carr Victoria No
Stephen Conroy Victoria No
Sam Dastyari NSW No
Alex Gallacher SA No
Chris Ketter Queensland No
Sue Lines WA No
Joe Ludwig Queensland No
Jenny McAllister NSW No
Anne McEwen SA No
Jan McLucas Queensland No
Claire Moore Queensland No
Deborah O'Neill NSW No
Lisa Singh Tasmania No
Glenn Sterle WA No
Anne Urquhart Tasmania No
Catryna Bilyk Tasmania Absent
Carol Brown Tasmania Absent
Jacinta Collins Victoria Absent
Katy Gallagher ACT Absent
Nova Peris NT Absent
Helen Polley Tasmania Absent
Penny Wong SA Absent
Ricky Muir Victoria Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party Yes
Nigel Scullion NT Country Liberal Party Absent
Gavin Marshall Victoria Deputy President No
Bob Day SA Family First Party Absent
John Madigan Victoria Independent Yes
Glenn Lazarus Queensland Independent No
Jacqui Lambie Tasmania Independent Absent
David Leyonhjelm NSW Liberal Democratic Party Yes
Liberal National Party (0% turnout) Absent
Matthew Canavan Queensland Absent
James McGrath Queensland Absent
Liberal Party (60% turnout) 0 Yes 15 No
Eric Abetz Tasmania No
Christopher Back WA No
Cory Bernardi SA No
David Bushby Tasmania No
Mathias Cormann WA No
Sean Edwards SA No
David Fawcett SA No
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells NSW No
Mitch Fifield Victoria No
Bill Heffernan NSW No
Ian Macdonald Queensland No
Linda Reynolds WA No
Michael Ronaldson Victoria No
Anne Ruston SA No
Scott Ryan Victoria No
Simon Birmingham SA Absent
George Brandis Queensland Absent
Michaelia Cash WA Absent
Richard Colbeck Tasmania Absent
David Johnston WA Absent
Jo Lindgren Queensland Absent
Marise Payne NSW Absent
Zed Seselja ACT Absent
Arthur Sinodinos NSW Absent
Dean Smith WA Absent
National Party (75% turnout) 0 Yes 3 No
Bridget McKenzie Victoria No
Barry O'Sullivan Queensland No
John Williams NSW No
Fiona Nash NSW Absent
Nick Xenophon SA Nick Xenophon Team Absent
Dio Wang WA Palmer United Party Yes
Stephen Parry Tasmania President No
Totals (68% turnout) 14 Yes – 38 No