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The majority voted against an amendment introduced by Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John (WA), which means it failed.

The amendment would have made sure that people under eighteen weren't covered by the bill. Liberal Senator Mitch Fifield (Vic) explained that:

The government won't be supporting the amendments moved by the Australian Greens. The penalties apply to all persons to ensure that there is a strong deterrent to engaging in the sharing of intimate images without consent.

*In practice, as Senator Steele-John alluded to, the eSafety Commissioner will take a very cautious approach in relation to any complaint made against a perpetrator under 18 years of age. *

Motion text

(1) Schedule 1, item 3, page 3 (line 20), omit "a person", substitute "an adult".

(2) Schedule 1, item 26, page 15 (line 19), omit "A person", substitute "An adult".

(3) Schedule 1, item 26, page 16 (line 17), after "person", insert "is an adult and".

(4) Schedule 1, item 26, page 21 (line 2), omit "A person", substitute "An adult".

(5) Schedule 1, item 26, page 21 (line 3), omit "the person", substitute "the adult".

(6) Schedule 1, item 26, page 21 (line 28), omit "A person", substitute "An adult".

What does the bill do?

The bill was introduced to:

  • prohibit the posting of, or threatening to post, an intimate image without consent on a social media service, relevant electronic service or a designated internet service;
  • establish a complaints and objections system to be administered by the eSafety Commissioner;
  • provide the commissioner with powers to issue removal notices or remedial directions;
  • establish a civil penalty regime to be administered by the commissioner; and
  • enable the commissioner to seek a civil penalty order from a relevant court, issue an infringement notice, obtain an injunction or enforce an undertaking, or issue a formal warning for contraventions of the civil penalty provisions

Note that the bill does not criminalise sharing intimate images without consent. The prohibition it creates is a civil matter, not a criminal one.

Read more in the bills digest.

Votes Not passed by a modest majority

Nobody rebelled against their party.

Party Votes
Cory Bernardi SA Australian Conservatives No
Australian Greens (100% turnout) 9 Yes 0 No
Andrew Bartlett Queensland Yes
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
Jordon Steele-John WA Yes
Peter Whish-Wilson Tasmania Yes
Australian Labor Party (32% turnout) 0 Yes 8 No
Patrick Dodson WA No
Alex Gallacher SA No
Kimberley Kitching Victoria No
Gavin Marshall Victoria No
Jenny McAllister NSW No
Claire Moore Queensland No
Deborah O'Neill NSW No
Anne Urquhart Tasmania No
Catryna Bilyk Tasmania Absent
Carol Brown Tasmania Absent
Doug Cameron NSW Absent
Kim Carr Victoria Absent
Anthony Chisholm Queensland Absent
Jacinta Collins Victoria Absent
Don Farrell SA Absent
Katy Gallagher ACT Absent
Kristina Keneally NSW Absent
Chris Ketter Queensland Absent
Malarndirri McCarthy NT Absent
Helen Polley Tasmania Absent
Louise Pratt WA Absent
Lisa Singh Tasmania Absent
Glenn Sterle WA Absent
Murray Watt Queensland Absent
Penny Wong SA Absent
Nigel Scullion NT Country Liberal Party Absent
Derryn Hinch Victoria Derryn Hinch's Justice Party Yes
Sue Lines WA Deputy President Absent
Fraser Anning Queensland Independent No
Lucy Gichuhi SA Independent No
Steve Martin Tasmania Independent No
David Leyonhjelm NSW Liberal Democratic Party No
Liberal National Party (0.0% turnout) Absent
Matthew Canavan Queensland Absent
James McGrath Queensland Absent
Liberal Party (43% turnout) 0 Yes 10 No
Eric Abetz Tasmania No
David Bushby Tasmania No
Richard Colbeck Tasmania No
Jonathon Duniam Tasmania No
Mitch Fifield Victoria No
Jane Hume Victoria No
Jim Molan NSW No
James Paterson Victoria No
Linda Reynolds WA No
Anne Ruston SA No
Simon Birmingham SA Absent
George Brandis Queensland Absent
Slade Brockman WA Absent
Michaelia Cash WA Absent
Mathias Cormann WA Absent
David Fawcett SA Absent
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells NSW Absent
Lucy Gichuhi SA Absent
Ian Macdonald Queensland Absent
Marise Payne NSW Absent
Zed Seselja ACT Absent
Arthur Sinodinos NSW Absent
Dean Smith WA Absent
National Party (67% turnout) 0 Yes 2 No
Bridget McKenzie Victoria No
John Williams NSW No
Barry O'Sullivan Queensland Absent
Nick Xenophon Team (100% turnout) 2 Yes 0 No
Stirling Griff SA Yes
Rex Patrick SA Yes
Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party (100% turnout) 0 Yes 3 No
Brian Burston NSW No
Peter Georgiou WA No
Pauline Hanson Queensland No
Scott Ryan Victoria President Absent
Totals (53% turnout) 12 Yes – 28 No