The majority voted against an amendment introduced by South Australian Senator Sarah Hanson-Young (Greens), which means it failed.

This was an amendment to an original Government amendment.

Senator Hanson-Young explained that:

It is an amendment to the government's amendment in relation to schedule 1, item 1, page 8, proposed subsection (3)(b). It goes to this point that we've been debating here this morning in relation to significant contributions to the sustainability of the Australian news industry. I think it's fair to say that all the questions this morning have been surrounding this element. As I said, there is a concern that, unless this is specifically referenced, small, medium and regional publishers will be overlooked in that definition of the significant contribution. So all I am asking for is that we clarify that in paragraph (3)(b) with the words 'including by entering into agreements with a significant number of those businesses'—and this is the important amendment—'that include small, medium and regional organisations'. The government has said it intends to ensure that this is the case. I don't see why there would be any problem in ensuring that they are included. I urge the government to accept this amendment. It would put at ease a number of nervous organisations this morning.

Amendment text


(1) Paragraph (3)(b), omit "(including agreements to remunerate those businesses for their news content)", substitute "(including by entering into agreements with a significant number of those businesses, that include small, medium and regional organisations, to remunerate those businesses for their news content)".

Original Government amendment text

(1) Schedule 1, item 1, page 8 (lines 10 to 13), omit subsection 52E(3), substitute:

(3) In making the determination, the Minister must consider:

(a) whether there is a significant bargaining power imbalance between Australian news businesses and the group comprised of the corporation and all of its related bodies corporate; and

(b) whether that group has made a significant contribution to the sustainability of the Australian news industry through agreements relating to news content of Australian news businesses (including agreements to remunerate those businesses for their news content).

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 (20% turnout) 0 Yes 5 No
Kim Carr Victoria No
Raff Ciccone Victoria No
Alex Gallacher SA No
Nita Green Queensland No
Louise Pratt WA No
Tim Ayres NSW Absent
Catryna Bilyk Tasmania Absent
Carol Brown Tasmania Absent
Anthony Chisholm Queensland Absent
Patrick Dodson WA Absent
Don Farrell SA Absent
Katy Gallagher ACT 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
Anne Urquhart Tasmania Absent
Jess Walsh Victoria Absent
Murray Watt Queensland Absent
Penny Wong SA Absent
Stirling Griff SA Centre Alliance Yes
Sam McMahon NT Country Liberal Party No
Sue Lines WA Deputy President No
Rex Patrick SA Independent Yes
Jacqui Lambie Tasmania Jacqui Lambie Network Yes
Liberal National Party (100% turnout) 0 Yes 2 No
Matthew Canavan Queensland No
James McGrath Queensland No
Liberal Party (79% turnout) 0 Yes 23 No
Eric Abetz Tasmania No
Alex Antic SA No
Andrew Bragg NSW No
Slade Brockman 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
Andrew McLachlan SA No
Jim Molan NSW No
Matt O'Sullivan WA No
Marise Payne NSW No
Gerard Rennick Queensland No
Anne Ruston SA No
Paul Scarr Queensland No
Ben Small WA No
Dean Smith WA No
Amanda Stoker Queensland No
David Van Victoria No
Wendy Askew Tasmania Absent
Simon Birmingham SA Absent
Michaelia Cash WA Absent
James Paterson Victoria Absent
Linda Reynolds WA Absent
Zed Seselja ACT 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 (64% turnout) 12 Yes – 37 No