The majority voted in favour of an amendment to an original motion, which means it was successful.

Amendment text

Omit subparagraphs (b)(i) to (iii), substitute:

(i) has cut $300 million dollars a year from the National Partnership Agreement on adult dental health, drastically reducing access to public dental care for the many Australians who rely on these services,

(ii) has cynically cut funding to the Child Dental Benefits Scheme by $300 per child last year, in an appalling attempt to ‘balance the budget’ off the back of dental care for disadvantaged Australian children, until the Senate forced them to back track; and

(c) calls on the Government to urgently end its sustained attack on public dental care and restore the much-needed funding, to ensure Australians have access to the care they need.

Original motion

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) this week is the Australian Dental Association's Dental Health Week,

(ii) this year's theme is Oral Health for Busy Lives,

(iii) 16 per cent of Australians say they don't visit a dentist because they are too busy, and 65 per cent of Australians have not visited the dentist in more than two years, and

(iv) essential oral hygiene and preventive habits, such as brushing and flossing, should be a priority of all Australian adults; and

(b) further notes that the Australian Government:

(i) is providing the states and territories with $320 million for adult public dental services through a national partnership agreement from July 2016,

(ii) funds the Child Dental Benefits Schedule which allows eligible children to access up to $1,000 worth of check-ups and treatments every two years, covering a range of preventive and basic treatment services, and

(iii) is funding the Royal Flying Doctor Service to deliver new mobile dental outreach services in rural and regional Australia.

Votes Passed by a small majority

Nobody rebelled against their party.

Party Votes
Cory Bernardi SA Australian Conservatives Absent
Australian Greens (100% turnout) 7 Yes 0 No
Richard Di Natale Victoria Yes
Sarah Hanson-Young SA Yes
Nick McKim Tasmania Yes
Lee Rhiannon NSW Yes
Janet Rice Victoria Yes
Rachel Siewert WA Yes
Peter Whish-Wilson Tasmania Yes
Australian Labor Party (84% turnout) 21 Yes 0 No
Catryna Bilyk Tasmania Yes
Carol Brown Tasmania Yes
Anthony Chisholm Queensland Yes
Jacinta Collins Victoria Yes
Sam Dastyari NSW Yes
Patrick Dodson WA Yes
Don Farrell SA Yes
Alex Gallacher SA Yes
Katy Gallagher ACT Yes
Chris Ketter Queensland Yes
Kimberley Kitching Victoria Yes
Gavin Marshall Victoria Yes
Malarndirri McCarthy NT Yes
Claire Moore Queensland Yes
Deborah O'Neill NSW Yes
Helen Polley Tasmania Yes
Louise Pratt WA Yes
Lisa Singh Tasmania Yes
Glenn Sterle WA Yes
Anne Urquhart Tasmania Yes
Murray Watt Queensland Yes
Doug Cameron NSW Absent
Kim Carr Victoria Absent
Jenny McAllister NSW Absent
Penny Wong SA Absent
Nigel Scullion NT Country Liberal Party No
Derryn Hinch Victoria Derryn Hinch's Justice Party No
Sue Lines WA Deputy President Absent
Lucy Gichuhi SA Independent Yes
Jacqui Lambie Tasmania Independent Yes
David Leyonhjelm NSW Liberal Democratic Party Absent
Liberal National Party (50% turnout) 0 Yes 1 No
James McGrath Queensland No
Matthew Canavan Queensland Absent
Liberal Party (80% turnout) 0 Yes 16 No
Simon Birmingham SA No
David Bushby Tasmania No
Michaelia Cash WA No
Mathias Cormann WA No
Jonathon Duniam Tasmania No
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells NSW No
Mitch Fifield Victoria No
Jane Hume Victoria No
Ian Macdonald Queensland No
James Paterson Victoria No
Marise Payne NSW No
Linda Reynolds WA No
Anne Ruston SA No
Zed Seselja ACT No
Arthur Sinodinos NSW No
Dean Smith WA No
Eric Abetz Tasmania Absent
George Brandis Queensland Absent
David Fawcett SA Absent
Scott Ryan Victoria 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
Nick Xenophon Team (100% turnout) 3 Yes 0 No
Stirling Griff SA Yes
Skye Kakoschke-Moore SA Yes
Nick Xenophon SA Yes
Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party (100% turnout) 4 Yes 0 No
Brian Burston NSW Yes
Peter Georgiou WA Yes
Pauline Hanson Queensland Yes
Malcolm Roberts Queensland Yes
Stephen Parry Tasmania President Absent
Totals (82% turnout) 37 Yes – 23 No