The majority voted in favour of an Opposition amendment to the usual second reading motion "that the bill be read a second time." Giving a bill a second reading is parliamentary jargon for agreeing with the main idea of the bill. This amendment doesn't make any legal changes to the bill itself, but expresses an opinion of the Senate.

Amendment text

At the end of the motion, add ", but the Senate:

(a) notes the:

(i) systemic, ongoing failures in Australia's aged care system as evidenced by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and 21 other expert reports since 2013,

(ii) inadequacy of the Government's response to the Royal Commission, including an unclear plan for reform implementation and deferred and curtailed legislative action on key issues including, but not limited to, transparency on the use of public aged care funding by aged care providers, and

(iii) Government's failures in providing safe, secure and high-quality care for aged care residents due to their historic cuts and poor management of the aged care sector; and

(b) acknowledges the:

(i) significant issues and concerns raised with the bill by stakeholders including providers, unions and the advocates of older Australians,

(ii) particular concerns raised about the consequences of this bill on the ability for aged care providers to recruit and retain staff to provide safe and quality care to older Australians,

(iii) Government's lack of action to recruit and retain workers to resolve the growing aged care workforce shortage crisis, and

(iv) foundation of any successful reform in the aged care sector must include ensuring there are more workers and that those workers are better paid; and

(c) calls on the Government to urgently address the growing aged care workforce shortage to ensure that older Australians receive the safe and quality care they deserve".

Votes Passed by a small majority

Nobody rebelled against their party.

Party Votes
Australian Greens (89% turnout) 8 Yes 0 No
Dorinda Cox WA Yes
Mehreen Faruqi NSW Yes
Sarah Hanson-Young SA Yes
Nick McKim Tasmania Yes
Janet Rice Victoria Yes
Jordon Steele-John WA Yes
Lidia Thorpe Victoria Yes
Peter Whish-Wilson Tasmania Yes
Larissa Waters Queensland Absent
Australian Labor Party (67% turnout) 16 Yes 0 No
Tim Ayres NSW Yes
Anthony Chisholm Queensland Yes
Raff Ciccone Victoria Yes
Patrick Dodson WA Yes
Katy Gallagher ACT Yes
Karen Grogan SA Yes
Kristina Keneally NSW Yes
Jenny McAllister NSW Yes
Malarndirri McCarthy NT Yes
Deborah O'Neill NSW Yes
Louise Pratt WA Yes
Tony Sheldon NSW Yes
Marielle Smith SA Yes
Anne Urquhart Tasmania Yes
Jess Walsh Victoria Yes
Murray Watt Queensland Yes
Catryna Bilyk Tasmania Absent
Carol Brown Tasmania Absent
Kim Carr Victoria Absent
Don Farrell SA Absent
Nita Green Queensland Absent
Helen Polley Tasmania Absent
Glenn Sterle WA Absent
Penny Wong SA Absent
Stirling Griff SA Centre Alliance Yes
Sam McMahon NT Country Liberal Party Absent
Sue Lines WA Deputy President Yes
Rex Patrick SA Independent Yes
Jacqui Lambie Tasmania Jacqui Lambie Network Yes
Liberal National Party (50% turnout) 0 Yes 1 No
James McGrath Queensland No
Matthew Canavan Queensland Absent
Liberal Party (69% turnout) 0 Yes 20 No
Eric Abetz Tasmania No
Wendy Askew Tasmania No
Andrew Bragg NSW No
Claire Chandler Tasmania No
David Fawcett SA No
Sarah Henderson Victoria No
Hollie Hughes NSW No
Jane Hume Victoria No
Andrew McLachlan SA No
Greg Mirabella Victoria No
Matt O'Sullivan WA No
James Paterson Victoria No
Marise Payne NSW No
Linda Reynolds WA 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
Alex Antic SA Absent
Simon Birmingham SA Absent
Michaelia Cash WA Absent
Richard Colbeck Tasmania Absent
Jonathon Duniam Tasmania Absent
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells NSW Absent
Jim Molan NSW Absent
Gerard Rennick Queensland Absent
Zed Seselja ACT Absent
National Party (67% turnout) 0 Yes 2 No
Perin Davey NSW No
Susan McDonald Queensland No
Bridget McKenzie Victoria Absent
Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party (100% turnout) 0 Yes 2 No
Pauline Hanson Queensland No
Malcolm Roberts Queensland No
Slade Brockman WA President No
Totals (72% turnout) 28 Yes – 26 No