The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Queensland Senator Larissa Waters (Greens). Motions like these don't make any legal changes on their own, but are politically influential because they represent the will of the Senate.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 10 December 2020 is the last day of the United Nations' 16 Days of Activism, recognising violence against women as one of the world's most persistent violations of human rights,

(ii) the 2020 theme, 'Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect', calls for funding for frontline family and domestic violence (FDV) services, investment in prevention programs, and data collection regarding the scale of the crisis, and

(iii) in Australia:

(A) 50 women have been killed by violence in 2020,

(B) no national government toll reports women killed by violence in real time,

(C) 1 in 3 women have experienced physical violence and, on average, one woman is murdered every week by her current or former partner,

(D) women are nearly three times more likely than men to experience intimate partner violence and 2.5 times more likely to be hospitalised from FDV,

(E) young women, women with disabilities, and First Nations women are more likely to experience violence, and

(F) demand for FDV services has risen significantly during COVID-19; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

(i) recognise violence against women as a national security crisis, and

(ii) fully fund FDV and prevention services so all those seeking safety can get the help they need.

Votes Passed by a large majority

Nobody rebelled against their party.

Party Votes
Australian Greens (89% turnout) 8 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
Larissa Waters Queensland Yes
Peter Whish-Wilson Tasmania Yes
Lidia Thorpe Victoria Absent
Australian Labor Party (16% turnout) 4 Yes 0 No
Katy Gallagher ACT Yes
Nita Green Queensland Yes
Louise Pratt WA Yes
Anne Urquhart Tasmania Yes
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
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
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 Yes
Sue Lines WA Deputy President Absent
Rex Patrick SA Independent Yes
Jacqui Lambie Tasmania Jacqui Lambie Network Yes
Liberal National Party (100% turnout) 2 Yes 0 No
Matthew Canavan Queensland Yes
James McGrath Queensland Yes
Liberal Party (69% turnout) 20 Yes 0 No
Eric Abetz Tasmania Yes
Simon Birmingham SA Yes
Slade Brockman WA Yes
Claire Chandler Tasmania Yes
Richard Colbeck Tasmania Yes
Jonathon Duniam Tasmania Yes
David Fawcett SA Yes
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells NSW Yes
Sarah Henderson Victoria Yes
Hollie Hughes NSW Yes
Jane Hume Victoria Yes
Andrew McLachlan SA Yes
Matt O'Sullivan WA Yes
James Paterson Victoria Yes
Gerard Rennick Queensland Yes
Anne Ruston SA Yes
Paul Scarr Queensland Yes
Ben Small WA Yes
Dean Smith WA Yes
Amanda Stoker Queensland Yes
Alex Antic SA Absent
Wendy Askew Tasmania Absent
Andrew Bragg NSW Absent
Michaelia Cash WA Absent
Jim Molan NSW Absent
Marise Payne NSW Absent
Linda Reynolds WA Absent
Zed Seselja ACT Absent
David Van Victoria Absent
National Party (67% turnout) 2 Yes 0 No
Perin Davey NSW Yes
Susan McDonald Queensland Yes
Bridget McKenzie Victoria Absent
Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party (100% turnout) 0 Yes 2 No
Pauline Hanson Queensland No
Malcolm Roberts Queensland No
Scott Ryan Victoria President Yes
Totals (55% turnout) 40 Yes – 2 No