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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Queensland Senator Malcolm Roberts (One Nation), which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) areas of the Murray-Darling Basin are experiencing a water crisis,

(ii) water trading rules have allowed speculators to hold temporary irrigation water from the market which has forced the price so high that only large commercial farms can afford to purchase water for a narrow range of crops,

(iii) in times of drought, irrigated farms provide a lifeline for native fauna, and

(iv) the Bureau of Meteorology '18 month rainfall deficiency' indicates areas that are affected by drought; and

(b) calls on the Minister for Water Resources, (Mr Littleproud) to amend the legislative instrument, 'Basin Plan 2012', pursuant to Schedule 3(4)(7) of the Water Act 2007, as follows:

(i) a temporary water licence (allocation trade) must not be completed unless the purchaser can show that the water will be used for agricultural purposes as determined by the Irrigation Infrastructure Operator,

(ii) an entity cannot be both a buyer and a seller of temporary water in any 12 month period,

(iii) temporary water must be used within a year of purchase,

(iv) inter-valley transfers cannot occur out of a region in drought,

(v) government entities are prevented from accessing the temporary water trading market,

(vi) water metering capability by a purchaser is not to be used to prevent a temporary water trade, and

(vii) these measures will commence on 1 January 2020 and remain in place until the drought ends.

Votes Not passed by a large majority

Nobody rebelled against their party.

Party Votes
Cory Bernardi SA Australian Conservatives No
Australian Greens (89% turnout) 0 Yes 8 No
Richard Di Natale Victoria No
Mehreen Faruqi NSW No
Sarah Hanson-Young SA No
Nick McKim Tasmania No
Rachel Siewert WA No
Jordon Steele-John WA No
Larissa Waters Queensland No
Peter Whish-Wilson Tasmania No
Janet Rice Victoria Absent
Australian Labor Party (68% turnout) 0 Yes 17 No
Tim Ayres NSW No
Kim Carr Victoria No
Raff Ciccone Victoria No
Patrick Dodson WA No
Don Farrell SA No
Katy Gallagher ACT No
Nita Green Queensland No
Kristina Keneally NSW No
Kimberley Kitching Victoria No
Jenny McAllister NSW No
Deborah O'Neill NSW No
Louise Pratt WA No
Tony Sheldon NSW No
Marielle Smith SA No
Anne Urquhart Tasmania No
Jess Walsh Victoria No
Murray Watt Queensland No
Catryna Bilyk Tasmania Absent
Carol Brown Tasmania Absent
Anthony Chisholm Queensland Absent
Alex Gallacher SA Absent
Malarndirri McCarthy NT Absent
Helen Polley Tasmania Absent
Glenn Sterle WA Absent
Penny Wong SA Absent
Centre Alliance (100% turnout) 0 Yes 2 No
Stirling Griff SA No
Rex Patrick SA No
Sam McMahon NT Country Liberal Party No
Sue Lines WA Deputy President No
Jacqui Lambie Tasmania Jacqui Lambie Network No
Liberal National Party (0.0% turnout) Absent
Matthew Canavan Queensland Absent
James McGrath Queensland Absent
Liberal Party (89% turnout) 0 Yes 25 No
Eric Abetz Tasmania No
Alex Antic SA No
Wendy Askew Tasmania No
Simon Birmingham SA No
Andrew Bragg NSW No
Slade Brockman WA No
Claire Chandler Tasmania No
Richard Colbeck Tasmania No
Mathias Cormann WA No
Jonathon Duniam Tasmania No
David Fawcett SA No
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells NSW No
Sarah Henderson Victoria No
Jane Hume Victoria No
Matt O'Sullivan WA No
James Paterson Victoria No
Marise Payne NSW No
Gerard Rennick Queensland No
Linda Reynolds WA No
Anne Ruston SA No
Paul Scarr Queensland No
Zed Seselja ACT No
Dean Smith WA No
Amanda Stoker Queensland No
David Van Victoria No
Michaelia Cash WA Absent
Hollie Hughes NSW Absent
Jim Molan NSW Absent
National Party (100% turnout) 0 Yes 3 No
Perin Davey NSW No
Susan McDonald Queensland No
Bridget McKenzie Victoria No
Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party (100% turnout) 2 Yes 0 No
Pauline Hanson Queensland Yes
Malcolm Roberts Queensland Yes
Scott Ryan Victoria President No
Totals (82% turnout) 2 Yes – 60 No