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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Richard Di Natale (Vic), which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate:

(a) notes that:

(i) 31 August marks the 17th annual International Overdose Awareness Day, commemorating all those who have died or been seriously injured due to drug overdose,

(ii) annual accidental drug-related deaths are now more than double the road toll and continue to rise,

(iii) Aboriginal people are drastically and tragically over-represented in our overdose death numbers at a rate of 17 per 100 000, compared with 7 per 100 000 for non-Aboriginal people, and

(iv) the significant increases in deaths involving pharmaceutical opioids continue to rise; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to urgently address the rising rates of harm associated with drug use by implementing, and appropriately resourcing, evidence-based harm reduction policies, including:

(i) greater access to needle and syringe programs across the country, including urgent roll-out of trials inside prisons,

(ii) expanded access to drug treatment programs across Australia,

(iii) expanded access to medically-supervised injecting facilities across Australia,

(iv) promoting awareness of the life-saving opioid reversal drug Naloxone, and making it free for all people at risk of experiencing or witnessing an overdose,

(v) working with state and territory governments to cease the use of drug sniffer dogs at festivals, and introduce urgent trials of pill testing during the upcoming festivals season, and

(vi) removing daily dispensing fees for patients accessing lifesaving treatments, like methadone and buprenorphine.

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
Mehreen Faruqi NSW Yes
Sarah Hanson-Young SA Yes
Nick McKim Tasmania Yes
Janet Rice Victoria Yes
Rachel Siewert WA Yes
Jordon Steele-John WA Yes
Peter Whish-Wilson Tasmania Yes
Australian Labor Party (56% turnout) 0 Yes 14 No
Kim Carr Victoria No
Anthony Chisholm Queensland No
Alex Gallacher SA No
Kristina Keneally NSW No
Chris Ketter Queensland No
Gavin Marshall Victoria No
Malarndirri McCarthy NT No
Claire Moore Queensland No
Deborah O'Neill NSW No
Helen Polley Tasmania No
Louise Pratt WA No
David Smith ACT No
Glenn Sterle WA No
Anne Urquhart Tasmania No
Catryna Bilyk Tasmania Absent
Carol Brown Tasmania Absent
Doug Cameron NSW Absent
Jacinta Collins Victoria Absent
Patrick Dodson WA Absent
Don Farrell SA Absent
Kimberley Kitching Victoria Absent
Jenny McAllister NSW Absent
Lisa Singh Tasmania Absent
Murray Watt Queensland Absent
Penny Wong SA Absent
Centre Alliance (100% turnout) 0 Yes 2 No
Stirling Griff SA No
Rex Patrick SA No
Nigel Scullion NT Country Liberal Party Absent
Derryn Hinch Victoria Derryn Hinch's Justice Party No
Sue Lines WA Deputy President No
Lucy Gichuhi SA Independent No
Steve Martin Tasmania Independent Absent
Tim Storer SA Independent Absent
Fraser Anning Queensland Katter's Australian Party No
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 (64% turnout) 0 Yes 14 No
Eric Abetz Tasmania No
Slade Brockman WA No
David Bushby Tasmania No
Richard Colbeck Tasmania No
Jonathon Duniam Tasmania No
David Fawcett SA No
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells NSW No
Jane Hume Victoria No
Jim Molan NSW No
James Paterson Victoria No
Marise Payne NSW No
Linda Reynolds WA No
Dean Smith WA No
Amanda Stoker Queensland No
Simon Birmingham SA Absent
Michaelia Cash WA Absent
Mathias Cormann WA Absent
Mitch Fifield Victoria Absent
Ian Macdonald Queensland Absent
Anne Ruston SA Absent
Zed Seselja ACT Absent
Arthur Sinodinos NSW Absent
National Party (100% turnout) 0 Yes 3 No
Bridget McKenzie Victoria No
Barry O'Sullivan Queensland No
John Williams NSW No
Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party (100% turnout) 0 Yes 2 No
Brian Burston NSW No
Pauline Hanson Queensland No
Peter Georgiou WA Absent
Scott Ryan Victoria President No
Brian Burston NSW United Australia Party Absent
Totals (67% turnout) 9 Yes – 42 No