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The majority voted against a motion introduced by WA Senator Jordon Steele-John (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 2021 is the first year of university study under the Morrison Government's fee hikes and funding cuts,

(ii) the Job-ready Graduates Package more than doubled fees for new students in some of the most popular university courses and slashed Commonwealth contributions to teaching and learning,

(iii) according to Universities Australia, at least 17,300 jobs were lost in the university sector in 2020, and universities lost an estimated $1.8 billion in revenue compared to 2019, and

(iv) early enrolment data from tertiary admissions centres indicates tens of thousands of commencing students will be saddled with more than double the debt they would have accrued without the Morrison Government's fee hikes;

(b) calls on the Morrison Government to fully fund higher education, significantly boost research funding and make university fee-free for all; and

(c) calls on universities' senior management to reject further austerity and do everything in their power to preserve university jobs.

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 (32% turnout) 0 Yes 8 No
Kim Carr Victoria No
Don Farrell SA No
Alex Gallacher SA No
Kimberley Kitching Victoria No
Louise Pratt WA No
Anne Urquhart Tasmania No
Jess Walsh Victoria No
Murray Watt Queensland No
Tim Ayres NSW Absent
Catryna Bilyk Tasmania Absent
Carol Brown Tasmania Absent
Anthony Chisholm Queensland Absent
Raff Ciccone Victoria Absent
Patrick Dodson WA Absent
Katy Gallagher ACT Absent
Nita Green Queensland Absent
Kristina Keneally NSW 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
Penny Wong SA Absent
Stirling Griff SA Centre Alliance No
Sam McMahon NT Country Liberal Party No
Sue Lines WA Deputy President No
Rex Patrick SA Independent Yes
Jacqui Lambie Tasmania Jacqui Lambie Network No
Liberal National Party (0.0% turnout) Absent
Matthew Canavan Queensland Absent
James McGrath Queensland Absent
Liberal Party (79% turnout) 0 Yes 23 No
Alex Antic SA No
Andrew Bragg NSW No
Slade Brockman WA No
Michaelia Cash WA No
Claire Chandler Tasmania No
Richard Colbeck Tasmania No
Jonathon Duniam Tasmania No
David Fawcett SA No
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells NSW No
Sarah Henderson Victoria No
Hollie Hughes NSW No
Jane Hume Victoria No
Jim Molan NSW No
Matt O'Sullivan WA No
James Paterson Victoria No
Gerard Rennick Queensland No
Linda Reynolds WA 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
Eric Abetz Tasmania Absent
Wendy Askew Tasmania Absent
Simon Birmingham SA Absent
Andrew McLachlan SA Absent
Marise Payne NSW Absent
Anne Ruston SA 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 No
Totals (67% turnout) 10 Yes – 41 No