The majority voted in favour of a motion that part 2 of schedule 4 remain as it is (in other words, that it stand as printed). This motion took place after Queensland Senator Malcolm Roberts (One Nation) moved that it should be opposed.

What is part 2 of schedule 4?

Part 2 — Electronic transfer of gap fees

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999

5 Subsection 201B(1)

Omit “must take”, substitute “must, subject to subsections (1A) and (1B), take”.

6 Subsection 201B(1)

After “pays the provider”, insert “, using an electronic funds transfer system,”.

7 After subsection 201B(1)


Exceptions to requirement to pay fees using an electronic funds transfer system

(1A) The Secretary may decide that a particular individual is not to be required to pay the provider an amount required under subsection (1) using an electronic funds transfer system if the Secretary is satisfied that circumstances prescribed by the Minister’s rules exist in relation to the individual.

(1B) If the Secretary is satisfied that exceptional circumstances exist in relation to a particular child care service, the Secretary may direct that all, or a part, of the amount that is to be paid by an individual to the provider of the service under subsection (1) is not required to be paid using an electronic funds transfer system.

(1C) A direction under subsection (1B) is not a legislative instrument.

Votes Passed by a large majority

Nobody rebelled against their party.

Party Votes
Australian Greens (100% turnout) 12 Yes 0 No
Penny Allman-Payne Queensland Yes
Dorinda Cox WA Yes
Mehreen Faruqi NSW Yes
Sarah Hanson-Young SA Yes
Nick McKim Tasmania Yes
Barbara Pocock SA Yes
Janet Rice Victoria Yes
David Shoebridge NSW Yes
Jordon Steele-John WA Yes
Lidia Thorpe Victoria Yes
Larissa Waters Queensland Yes
Peter Whish-Wilson Tasmania Yes
Australian Labor Party (84% turnout) 21 Yes 0 No
Tim Ayres NSW Yes
Catryna Bilyk Tasmania Yes
Carol Brown Tasmania Yes
Anthony Chisholm Queensland Yes
Raff Ciccone Victoria Yes
Patrick Dodson WA Yes
Don Farrell SA Yes
Katy Gallagher ACT Yes
Nita Green Queensland Yes
Karen Grogan SA Yes
Jenny McAllister NSW Yes
Malarndirri McCarthy NT Yes
Fatima Payman WA Yes
Louise Pratt WA Yes
Tony Sheldon NSW Yes
Marielle Smith SA Yes
Glenn Sterle WA Yes
Anne Urquhart Tasmania Yes
Jess Walsh Victoria Yes
Murray Watt Queensland Yes
Linda White Victoria Yes
Deborah O'Neill NSW Absent
Helen Polley Tasmania Absent
Jana Stewart Victoria Absent
Penny Wong SA Absent
Jacinta Nampijinpa Price NT Country Liberal Party Absent
Andrew McLachlan SA Deputy President Yes
David Pocock ACT Independent Yes
Jacqui Lambie Network (100% turnout) 2 Yes 0 No
Jacqui Lambie Tasmania Yes
Tammy Tyrrell Tasmania Yes
Liberal National Party (0% turnout) Absent
Matthew Canavan Queensland Absent
James McGrath Queensland Absent
Liberal Party (29% turnout) 7 Yes 0 No
Alex Antic SA Yes
Slade Brockman WA Yes
Richard Colbeck Tasmania Yes
Jonathon Duniam Tasmania Yes
Linda Reynolds WA Yes
Paul Scarr Queensland Yes
Dean Smith WA Yes
Wendy Askew Tasmania Absent
Simon Birmingham SA Absent
Andrew Bragg NSW Absent
Michaelia Cash WA Absent
Claire Chandler Tasmania Absent
David Fawcett SA Absent
Sarah Henderson Victoria Absent
Hollie Hughes NSW Absent
Jane Hume Victoria Absent
Kerrynne Liddle SA Absent
Jim Molan NSW Absent
Matt O'Sullivan WA Absent
James Paterson Victoria Absent
Marise Payne NSW Absent
Gerard Rennick Queensland Absent
Anne Ruston SA Absent
David Van Victoria Absent
National Party (25% turnout) 1 Yes 0 No
Ross Cadell NSW Yes
Perin Davey NSW Absent
Susan McDonald Queensland Absent
Bridget McKenzie Victoria Absent
Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party (100% turnout) 0 Yes 2 No
Pauline Hanson Queensland No
Malcolm Roberts Queensland No
Sue Lines WA President Absent
Ralph Babet Victoria United Australia Party No
Totals (63% turnout) 45 Yes – 3 No