13th Sep 2016, 1:17 PM – Senate Business - Consideration of Legislation - National cancer screening bills
The majority voted against a motion to let the Senate deal with the national cancer screening bills now, instead of waiting until the next parliamentary session.
What does this mean?
Under parliamentary rules, a bill can't be discussed and debated in the same session that it is introduced. The reason for this is so that there is time to, for example, have the bills considered by committees. However, it is possible to exempt a bill from this rule and consider it straight away - as the Government tried to do here. But since they were unsuccessful, the bills can now be considered by a committee.
Why shouldn't these bills be dealt with right away?
ACT Senator Katy Gallagher explained why the Labor Party voted against this motion (and so didn't support speeding up consideration of the bill):
In principle, Labor does support the establishment of the National Cancer Screening Register ... However, the arrangements proposed within the bill ... would see the federal government for the first time entering into a commercial agreement with a for-profit company to administer a cancer screening initiative of this scope and importance.
As this is uncharted territory for the departments and agencies involved, and as the bill goes to something as vital as the health and wellbeing of Australians, it deserves the fullest attention and scrutiny of our parliamentary processes. Labor's concerns go to key elements of the bill. These include reservations about the impact of the bill on individual privacy, the adequacy of the security arrangements for extremely sensitive health information, and the nature and appropriateness of the commercial relationship entered into by the government with Telstra Health.
Issues such as these, I think, self-evidently warrant further consideration by this parliament and this chamber. ... I urge the Senate to oppose exemption of these bills from the cut-off and support further consideration of them by the legislation committee.
What are the national cancer bills?
The two bills are the:
- National Cancer Screening Register Bill 2016
- National Cancer Screening Register (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2016
Read more about them in the bills digest.
Western Australian Senator Rod Culleton rebelled against his party, Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party, to vote in support of this motion. That is, he supported speeding up consideration of this bill while the rest of his Party voted against it. Rebellions like this are increasingly uncommon in the Australian Parliament.
The question now is that the national cancer screening bills be exempt from the cut-off.
Votes Not passed by a small majority
There was 1 rebellion in this division.
- Rod Culleton voted Yes against the majority of the Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party.
|Australian Greens (100% turnout)||0 Yes – 9 No|
|Richard Di Natale Victoria||No|
|Sarah Hanson-Young SA||No|
|Scott Ludlam WA||No|
|Nick McKim Tasmania||No|
|Lee Rhiannon NSW||No|
|Janet Rice Victoria||No|
|Rachel Siewert WA||No|
|Larissa Waters Queensland||No|
|Peter Whish-Wilson Tasmania||No|
|Australian Labor Party (69% turnout)||0 Yes – 18 No|
|Doug Cameron NSW||No|
|Anthony Chisholm Queensland||No|
|Jacinta Collins Victoria||No|
|Patrick Dodson WA||No|
|Don Farrell SA||No|
|Alex Gallacher SA||No|
|Katy Gallagher ACT||No|
|Chris Ketter Queensland||No|
|Sue Lines WA||No|
|Jenny McAllister NSW||No|
|Malarndirri McCarthy NT||No|
|Claire Moore Queensland||No|
|Deborah O'Neill NSW||No|
|Helen Polley Tasmania||No|
|Louise Pratt WA||No|
|Anne Urquhart Tasmania||No|
|Murray Watt Queensland||No|
|Penny Wong SA||No|
|Catryna Bilyk Tasmania||Absent|
|Carol Brown Tasmania||Absent|
|Kim Carr Victoria||Absent|
|Stephen Conroy Victoria||Absent|
|Sam Dastyari NSW||Absent|
|Gavin Marshall Victoria||Absent|
|Lisa Singh Tasmania||Absent|
|Glenn Sterle WA||Absent|
|Nigel Scullion NT Country Liberal Party||Yes|
|Derryn Hinch Victoria Derryn Hinch's Justice Party||Yes|
|Gavin Marshall Victoria Deputy President||No|
|Bob Day SA Family First Party||Absent|
|Jacqui Lambie Tasmania Independent||No|
|Nick Xenophon SA Independent||No|
|David Leyonhjelm NSW Liberal Democratic Party||No|
|Liberal National Party (50% turnout)||1 Yes – 0 No|
|James McGrath Queensland||Yes|
|Matthew Canavan Queensland||Absent|
|Liberal Party (73% turnout)||16 Yes – 0 No|
|Eric Abetz Tasmania||Yes|
|David Bushby Tasmania||Yes|
|Michaelia Cash WA||Yes|
|Jonathon Duniam Tasmania||Yes|
|David Fawcett SA||Yes|
|Concetta Fierravanti-Wells NSW||Yes|
|Mitch Fifield Victoria||Yes|
|Jane Hume Victoria||Yes|
|Ian Macdonald Queensland||Yes|
|James Paterson Victoria||Yes|
|Marise Payne NSW||Yes|
|Linda Reynolds WA||Yes|
|Anne Ruston SA||Yes|
|Zed Seselja ACT||Yes|
|Arthur Sinodinos NSW||Yes|
|Dean Smith WA||Yes|
|Christopher Back WA||Absent|
|Cory Bernardi SA||Absent|
|Simon Birmingham SA||Absent|
|George Brandis Queensland||Absent|
|Mathias Cormann WA||Absent|
|Scott Ryan Victoria||Absent|
|National Party (100% turnout)||4 Yes – 0 No|
|Bridget McKenzie Victoria||Yes|
|Fiona Nash NSW||Yes|
|Barry O'Sullivan Queensland||Yes|
|John Williams NSW||Yes|
|Nick Xenophon Team (67% turnout)||0 Yes – 2 No|
|Stirling Griff SA||No|
|Skye Kakoschke-Moore SA||No|
|Nick Xenophon SA||Absent|
|Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party (100% turnout)||1 Yes – 3 No|
|Rod Culleton WA||Yes|
|Brian Burston NSW||No|
|Pauline Hanson Queensland||No|
|Malcolm Roberts Queensland||No|
|Stephen Parry Tasmania President||Yes|
|Totals (80% turnout)||25 Yes – 36 No|
Red entries are rebel votes against the majority of a party.
Turnout is the percentage of members eligible to vote that did vote.