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The majority voted against an amendment to an original motion, which means the amendment failed.

Amendment text

At the end of paragraph (c), add:

"and unreservedly apologises to the families of the victims of the crimes and supports the creation of a compensation scheme;"

Original motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that on 19 November 2020, the Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) released a public version the Afghanistan inquiry report delivered to him by the Inspector General of the ADF (the inquiry report), and on that day stated that the ADF is rightly held to account for allegations of grave misconduct by some members of the Australian Special Forces community during operations in Afghanistan;

(b) affirms that:

(i) the allegations contained in the inquiry report are deeply disturbing and must be addressed with a deep respect for justice and the rule of law,

(ii) the ADF is one of the finest militaries in the world, and that the inquiry report should not cast a shadow over the vast majority of ADF members who served in Afghanistan with distinction, and

(iii) this is a challenging and distressing time for many individuals and families impacted by the inquiry;

(c) expresses its deep sympathy to the people of Afghanistan and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for the alleged misconduct and command failures identified by the inquiry;

(d) further notes that:

(i) the CDF, on behalf of the ADF, has also sincerely and unreservedly apologised to the people of Afghanistan for any wrong-doing by Australian soldiers, and has conveyed this message to his Afghan counterpart, General Zia,

(ii) the CDF is leading Defence's response to the inquiry report through the development of an implementation plan to action the Inspector-General's recommendations, and any other matters arising from the Inquiry report that require action,

(iii) the Government has established the Afghanistan Inquiry Implementation Oversight Panel comprised of three eminent and suitably qualified and experienced Australians to provide oversight of Defence's response to the inquiry report, and to report directly and regularly to the Minister for Defence, and

(iv) the Government is also establishing the Office of the Special Investigator within the Home Affairs portfolio to address the potential criminal matters identified in the inquiry report, in particular to investigate allegations, gather evidence and, where appropriate, refer briefs to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions for consideration;

(e) affirms that it is the responsibility of the government of the day to ensure that the matters identified in the inquiry report are dealt with in a way that accords with Australian standards of justice, respects the rule of law, provides the necessary checks and balances, and upholds Australian values and standards and respect for the current and former serving members of the nation's Defence Force; and

(f) encourages individuals involved in or affected by the Afghanistan inquiry to avail themselves of welfare and other support services, including:

Defence All-hours support line (1800 628 036)

Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling (1800 011 046)

Safe Zone – 1800 142 072

The Defence Family Helpline (1800 011 046)

ADF Health and Wellbeing portal.

Votes Not passed by a modest majority

Nobody rebelled against their party.

Party Votes
Australian Greens (100% turnout) 9 Yes 0 No
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
Lidia Thorpe Victoria Yes
Larissa Waters Queensland Yes
Peter Whish-Wilson Tasmania Yes
Australian Labor Party (8.0% turnout) 0 Yes 2 No
Katy Gallagher ACT No
Anne Urquhart Tasmania No
Tim Ayres NSW Absent
Catryna Bilyk Tasmania Absent
Carol Brown Tasmania Absent
Kim Carr Victoria Absent
Anthony Chisholm Queensland Absent
Raff Ciccone Victoria Absent
Patrick Dodson WA Absent
Don Farrell SA Absent
Alex Gallacher SA Absent
Nita Green Queensland Absent
Kristina Keneally NSW 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
Jess Walsh Victoria Absent
Murray Watt Queensland Absent
Penny Wong SA Absent
Stirling Griff SA Centre Alliance Absent
Sam McMahon NT Country Liberal Party No
Sue Lines WA Deputy President Absent
Rex Patrick SA Independent Absent
Jacqui Lambie Tasmania Jacqui Lambie Network No
Liberal National Party (50% turnout) 0 Yes 1 No
Matthew Canavan Queensland No
James McGrath Queensland Absent
Liberal Party (79% turnout) 0 Yes 23 No
Eric Abetz Tasmania No
Alex Antic SA No
Wendy Askew Tasmania No
Slade Brockman WA No
Claire Chandler Tasmania No
Richard Colbeck Tasmania No
Jonathon Duniam Tasmania No
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells NSW No
Sarah Henderson Victoria No
Hollie Hughes NSW No
Jane Hume Victoria No
Andrew McLachlan SA No
Jim Molan NSW No
Matt O'Sullivan WA No
James Paterson Victoria No
Gerard Rennick Queensland No
Anne Ruston SA No
Paul Scarr Queensland No
Zed Seselja ACT No
Ben Small WA No
Dean Smith WA No
Amanda Stoker Queensland No
David Van Victoria No
Simon Birmingham SA Absent
Andrew Bragg NSW Absent
Michaelia Cash WA Absent
David Fawcett SA Absent
Marise Payne NSW Absent
Linda Reynolds WA 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) 0 Yes 2 No
Pauline Hanson Queensland No
Malcolm Roberts Queensland No
Scott Ryan Victoria President Absent
Totals (55% turnout) 9 Yes – 33 No