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The majority voted in favour of passing the bill in the Senate. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read the bill for a third time. The bill will now be sent to the House of Representatives for their consideration.

What does the bill do?

According to the bills digest, the purpose of the bill was to implement a number of unrelated technical amendments, including to:

  • clarify the operation of the public funding provisions where candidates for more than one party are in the same group on a Senate ballot paper (Senate groups)
  • replace the provisions relating to the interaction of state and federal political finance laws held to be invalid by the High Court of Australia in Spence v Queensland
  • increase the flexibility of voting options to be offered to Australian voters in Antarctica and
  • introduce a number of technical amendments, some of which were previously proposed in the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Modernisation and Other Measures) Bill 2018 but removed prior to passage.

Votes Passed by a large majority

Nobody rebelled against their party.

Party Votes
Australian Greens (50% turnout) 0 Yes 4 No
Mehreen Faruqi NSW No
Sarah Hanson-Young SA No
Nick McKim Tasmania No
Rachel Siewert WA No
Janet Rice Victoria Absent
Jordon Steele-John WA Absent
Larissa Waters Queensland Absent
Peter Whish-Wilson Tasmania Absent
Australian Labor Party (20% turnout) 5 Yes 0 No
Tim Ayres NSW Yes
Catryna Bilyk Tasmania Yes
Don Farrell SA Yes
Katy Gallagher ACT Yes
Kristina Keneally NSW Yes
Carol Brown Tasmania Absent
Kim Carr Victoria Absent
Anthony Chisholm Queensland Absent
Raff Ciccone Victoria Absent
Patrick Dodson WA Absent
Alex Gallacher SA Absent
Nita Green Queensland Absent
Kimberley Kitching Victoria Absent
Jenny McAllister NSW Absent
Malarndirri McCarthy NT Absent
Deborah O'Neill NSW Absent
Helen Polley Tasmania Absent
Louise Pratt WA Absent
Tony Sheldon NSW Absent
Marielle Smith SA Absent
Glenn Sterle WA Absent
Anne Urquhart Tasmania Absent
Jess Walsh Victoria Absent
Murray Watt Queensland Absent
Penny Wong SA Absent
Stirling Griff SA Centre Alliance Yes
Rex Patrick SA Centre Alliance Yes
Sam McMahon NT Country Liberal Party Yes
Sue Lines WA Deputy President Absent
Rex Patrick SA Independent Absent
Jacqui Lambie Tasmania Jacqui Lambie Network Yes
Liberal National Party (50% turnout) 1 Yes 0 No
James McGrath Queensland Yes
Matthew Canavan Queensland Absent
Liberal Party (69% turnout) 20 Yes 0 No
Alex Antic SA Yes
Wendy Askew Tasmania Yes
Andrew Bragg NSW Yes
Slade Brockman WA Yes
Claire Chandler Tasmania Yes
Richard Colbeck Tasmania Yes
Mathias Cormann WA Yes
Jonathon Duniam Tasmania Yes
David Fawcett SA Yes
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells NSW Yes
Sarah Henderson Victoria Yes
Andrew McLachlan SA Yes
Jim Molan NSW Yes
Matt O'Sullivan WA Yes
James Paterson Victoria Yes
Marise Payne NSW Yes
Gerard Rennick Queensland Yes
Paul Scarr Queensland Yes
Dean Smith WA Yes
David Van Victoria Yes
Eric Abetz Tasmania Absent
Simon Birmingham SA Absent
Michaelia Cash WA Absent
Hollie Hughes NSW Absent
Jane Hume Victoria Absent
Linda Reynolds WA Absent
Anne Ruston SA Absent
Zed Seselja ACT Absent
Amanda Stoker Queensland Absent
National Party (0.0% turnout) Absent
Perin Davey NSW Absent
Susan McDonald Queensland Absent
Bridget McKenzie Victoria Absent
Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party (0.0% turnout) Absent
Pauline Hanson Queensland Absent
Malcolm Roberts Queensland Absent
Scott Ryan Victoria President Absent
Totals (45% turnout) 30 Yes – 4 No