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The majority voted against a motion introduced by United Australia Party Senator Brian Burston (NSW), which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Coalition Government has confirmed that they will not offer voluntary buybacks for the residents surrounding the RAAF base at Williamtown in New South Wales who are affected by PFAS contamination,

(ii) the Australian Labor Party (ALP) has also voted with the Coalition Government in the Senate against voluntary buybacks for the residents surrounding the RAAF base at Williamtown who are affected by PFAS contamination,

(iii) those residents affected by the PFAS contamination coming from the RAAF Base at Williamtown reside in the Federal electorate of Paterson, which is held by the ALP by more than 10% (considered a safe Labor seat),

(iv) the ALP recently promised $15 billion dollars for their renewable energy policy, if elected at the next federal election, and

(v) the ALP promised $343 million of funding during the 'super Saturday' by-election campaigns earlier this year, including $25 million alone for an AFL team in Tasmania; and

(b) calls on the ALP to announce their official policy of voluntary buybacks for the residents surrounding the RAAF base at Williamtown who are affected by PFAS contamination before Christmas 2018.

Votes Not passed by a small majority

Nobody rebelled against their party.

Party Votes
Cory Bernardi SA Australian Conservatives Yes
Australian Greens (100% turnout) 9 Yes 0 No
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
Larissa Waters Queensland Yes
Peter Whish-Wilson Tasmania Yes
Australian Labor Party (60% turnout) 0 Yes 15 No
Kim Carr Victoria No
Anthony Chisholm Queensland No
Jacinta Collins Victoria No
Alex Gallacher SA No
Kristina Keneally NSW No
Chris Ketter Queensland No
Kimberley Kitching Victoria No
Jenny McAllister NSW No
Malarndirri McCarthy NT No
Claire Moore Queensland No
Deborah O'Neill NSW No
Louise Pratt WA No
David Smith ACT No
Anne Urquhart Tasmania No
Murray Watt Queensland No
Catryna Bilyk Tasmania Absent
Carol Brown Tasmania Absent
Doug Cameron NSW Absent
Patrick Dodson WA Absent
Don Farrell SA Absent
Gavin Marshall Victoria Absent
Helen Polley Tasmania Absent
Lisa Singh Tasmania Absent
Glenn Sterle WA Absent
Penny Wong SA Absent
Centre Alliance (100% turnout) 2 Yes 0 No
Stirling Griff SA Yes
Rex Patrick SA Yes
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 Yes
Lucy Gichuhi SA Independent Absent
Steve Martin Tasmania Independent Absent
Tim Storer SA Independent Absent
David Leyonhjelm NSW Liberal Democratic Party Yes
Liberal National Party (0.0% turnout) Absent
Matthew Canavan Queensland Absent
James McGrath Queensland Absent
Liberal Party (55% turnout) 0 Yes 12 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
Mitch Fifield Victoria No
Jane Hume Victoria No
Linda Reynolds WA No
Anne Ruston SA No
Amanda Stoker Queensland No
Simon Birmingham SA Absent
Michaelia Cash WA Absent
Mathias Cormann WA Absent
Ian Macdonald Queensland Absent
Jim Molan NSW Absent
James Paterson Victoria 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
Barry O'Sullivan Queensland No
John Williams NSW No
Bridget McKenzie Victoria Absent
Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party (100% turnout) 2 Yes 0 No
Peter Georgiou WA Yes
Pauline Hanson Queensland Yes
Scott Ryan Victoria President No
Brian Burston NSW United Australia Party Yes
Totals (63% turnout) 18 Yes – 30 No