Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Bill 2022 - Second Reading - Small business
Passed by a small majority
No rebellions 90% attendance
The Coalition was split on this vote, with South Australian Senator Alex Antic (Liberal) and Queensland Senators Gerard Renick (Liberal) and Matthew Canavan (Liberal National Party) voting "Yes" against the rest of the Liberal and National parties, who voted "No".
Senator Roberts explained that:
In proposing this bill, the government says the bill aims to secure jobs. My amendments on sheet 1768 go to the heart of ensuring job security and protecting workers' rights. To ensure job security, my amendments on sheet 1768 ensure that unjustified vaccine discrimination is stamped out in employment.
The original bill inserts breastfeeding, intersex status and gender identity as attributes that the Fair Work Act protects from discrimination. These amendments copy that approach and simply add COVID-19 vaccination as an attribute protected from discrimination. The protection is still subject to the limits imposed on the other discrimination grounds in the Fair Work Act. An employer, for example, will not be in breach of the antidiscrimination grounds where the employer can prove, as they should have to, that it is a genuine and reasonable requirement of the position. These amendments are reasonable. In their approach, they are not radical because they use and simply extend the existing mechanisms in the Fair Work Act.
(1) Schedule 1, item 426, page 116 (before line 10), before the definition of gender identity, insert:
COVID-19 vaccination status means the status of a person relating to whether, and to what extent, the person has been vaccinated against the coronavirus known as COVID-19 (including any subsequent variants of that virus).
(2) Schedule 1, item 427, page 116 (line 17), after "intersex status,", insert "COVID-19 vaccination status,".
(3) Schedule 1, item 429, page 117 (line 3), after "intersex status,", insert "COVID-19 vaccination status,".
(4) Schedule 1, item 432, page 118 (line 3), after "intersex status,", insert "COVID-19 vaccination status,".
(5) Schedule 1, page 118 (after line 3), after item 432, insert:
432A Paragraph 351(2)(a)
Before "not unlawful", insert "for action taken other than because of a person's COVID-19 vaccination status—".
(6) Schedule 1, item 433, page 118 (line 6), after "intersex status,", insert "COVID-19 vaccination status,".
(7) Schedule 1, item 436, page 118 (line 23), after "intersex status,", insert "COVID-19 vaccination status,".
(8) Schedule 1, item 437, page 119 (line 23), omit "or intersex status,", substitute ", intersex status or COVID-19 vaccination status".
There were 2 rebellions in this division.
|Australian Greens (100% turnout)||0 Yes – 12 No|
|Penny Allman-Payne Queensland||No|
|Dorinda Cox WA||No|
|Mehreen Faruqi NSW||No|
|Sarah Hanson-Young SA||No|
|Nick McKim Tasmania||No|
|Barbara Pocock SA||No|
|Janet Rice Victoria||No|
|David Shoebridge NSW||No|
|Jordon Steele-John WA||No|
|Lidia Thorpe Victoria||No|
|Larissa Waters Queensland||No|
|Peter Whish-Wilson Tasmania||No|
|Australian Labor Party (80% turnout)||0 Yes – 20 No|
|Tim Ayres NSW||No|
|Catryna Bilyk Tasmania||No|
|Carol Brown Tasmania||No|
|Anthony Chisholm Queensland||No|
|Raff Ciccone Victoria||No|
|Patrick Dodson WA||No|
|Katy Gallagher ACT||No|
|Nita Green Queensland||No|
|Karen Grogan SA||No|
|Jenny McAllister NSW||No|
|Malarndirri McCarthy NT||No|
|Deborah O'Neill NSW||No|
|Fatima Payman WA||No|
|Helen Polley Tasmania||No|
|Louise Pratt WA||No|
|Tony Sheldon NSW||No|
|Marielle Smith SA||No|
|Glenn Sterle WA||No|
|Linda White Victoria||No|
|Penny Wong SA||No|
|Don Farrell SA||Absent|
|Jana Stewart Victoria||Absent|
|Anne Urquhart Tasmania||Absent|
|Jess Walsh Victoria||Absent|
|Murray Watt Queensland||Absent|
|Jacinta Nampijinpa Price NT Country Liberal Party||Absent|
|Andrew McLachlan SA Deputy President||Yes|
|David Pocock ACT Independent||No|
|Jacqui Lambie Network (0% turnout)||Absent|
|Jacqui Lambie Tasmania||Absent|
|Tammy Tyrrell Tasmania||Absent|
|Liberal National Party (50% turnout)||1 Yes – 0 No|
|Matthew Canavan Queensland||Yes|
|James McGrath Queensland||Absent|
|Liberal Party (29% turnout)||2 Yes – 5 No|
|Alex Antic SA||Yes|
|Gerard Rennick Queensland||Yes|
|Wendy Askew Tasmania||No|
|Simon Birmingham SA||No|
|Michaelia Cash WA||No|
|Sarah Henderson Victoria||No|
|Linda Reynolds WA||No|
|Andrew Bragg NSW||Absent|
|Slade Brockman WA||Absent|
|Claire Chandler Tasmania||Absent|
|Richard Colbeck Tasmania||Absent|
|Jonathon Duniam Tasmania||Absent|
|David Fawcett SA||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|
|Anne Ruston SA||Absent|
|Paul Scarr Queensland||Absent|
|Dean Smith WA||Absent|
|David Van Victoria||Absent|
|National Party (25% turnout)||0 Yes – 1 No|
|Bridget McKenzie Victoria||No|
|Ross Cadell NSW||Absent|
|Perin Davey NSW||Absent|
|Susan McDonald Queensland||Absent|
|Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party (50% turnout)||1 Yes – 0 No|
|Malcolm Roberts Queensland||Yes|
|Pauline Hanson Queensland||Absent|
|Sue Lines WA President||No|
|Ralph Babet Victoria United Australia Party||Yes|
|Totals (61% turnout)||6 Yes – 40 No|
Red entries are rebel votes against the majority of a party.
Turnout is the percentage of members eligible to vote that did vote.