The majority voted in favour of keeping schedule 8 unchanged. In parliamentary jargon, they voted that "schedule 8 stand as printed". This division was held in respond to Queensland Senator James McGrath (LNP) proposing that it should be opposed.

Senator McGrath explained that:

This schedule modifies the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act to enable the CEFC to receive additional funds to implement Rewiring the Nation, establish the Powering Australia Technology Fund and streamline the ability of the government to provide the CEFC with additional funds in the future. The explanatory memorandum clarifies that this is an $11 billion allocation of funding with an additional $1 billion going to the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water to fund projects that would not meet the CEFC criteria. A remaining $8 billion will be credited to CEFC at a later date to meet the $20 billion election commitment. However, Labor has not identified what these projects would be.

Critically, the schedule also amends several operational provisions of the CEFC Act. The legislation removes requirements for the government to legislate additional funding for the CEFC, allowing them to create additional accounts within the CEFC simply by general appropriations. The coalition has concerns about this schedule. There are billions in spending for transmission projects that have not been recommended by the energy operator and a hidden $1 billion fund for the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water to circumvent the independent CEFC process. However, following the Economics Legislation Committee's review of this legislation and recommendations on this schedule, the opposition is seeking to remove this schedule to ensure that the parliament continues to have oversight of the funding mechanisms for the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

What is Schedule 8?

According to the bills digest:

Schedule 8 to the Bill proposes to make amendments to the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act 2012 (CEFC Act). These are:

  • amending section 46 of the CEFC Act to credit an additional $11.5 billion into the CEFC Special Account, and to provide for Parliament to be able to credit the CEFC Special Account with additional funds by appropriation

  • amending provisions relating to the responsible minister and nominated minister in the CEFC Act to replace the Treasurer with the minister administering the legislation, reflecting current administrative practice. The amendment does not alter or extend the power of Ministers of the CEFC, or make a substantive change to the CEFC Act. The changes are purely administrative.

Votes Passed by a small majority

Nobody rebelled against their party.

Party Votes
Australian Greens (100% turnout) 11 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
Larissa Waters Queensland Yes
Peter Whish-Wilson Tasmania Yes
Australian Labor Party (72% turnout) 18 Yes 0 No
Tim Ayres NSW Yes
Carol Brown Tasmania Yes
Anthony Chisholm Queensland Yes
Raff Ciccone Victoria Yes
Don Farrell SA Yes
Nita Green Queensland Yes
Jenny McAllister NSW Yes
Malarndirri McCarthy NT Yes
Deborah O'Neill NSW Yes
Fatima Payman WA Yes
Helen Polley Tasmania Yes
Louise Pratt WA Yes
Tony Sheldon NSW Yes
Marielle Smith SA Yes
Glenn Sterle WA Yes
Jess Walsh Victoria Yes
Linda White Victoria Yes
Penny Wong SA Yes
Catryna Bilyk Tasmania Absent
Patrick Dodson WA Absent
Katy Gallagher ACT Absent
Karen Grogan SA Absent
Jana Stewart Victoria Absent
Anne Urquhart Tasmania Absent
Murray Watt Queensland Absent
Jacinta Nampijinpa Price NT Country Liberal Party No
Andrew McLachlan SA Deputy President No
David Pocock ACT Independent Yes
Lidia Thorpe Victoria Independent Yes
David Van Victoria Independent Absent
Jacqui Lambie Network (100% turnout) 2 Yes 0 No
Jacqui Lambie Tasmania Yes
Tammy Tyrrell Tasmania Yes
Liberal National Party (100% turnout) 0 Yes 2 No
Matthew Canavan Queensland No
James McGrath Queensland No
Liberal Party (74% turnout) 0 Yes 17 No
Alex Antic SA No
Wendy Askew Tasmania No
Andrew Bragg NSW No
Richard Colbeck Tasmania No
Jonathon Duniam Tasmania No
Sarah Henderson Victoria No
Hollie Hughes NSW No
Jane Hume Victoria No
Kerrynne Liddle SA No
Matt O'Sullivan WA No
James Paterson Victoria No
Marise Payne NSW No
Gerard Rennick Queensland No
Linda Reynolds WA No
Anne Ruston SA No
Paul Scarr Queensland No
Dean Smith WA No
Simon Birmingham SA Absent
Slade Brockman WA Absent
Michaelia Cash WA Absent
Claire Chandler Tasmania Absent
David Fawcett SA Absent
Maria Kovacic NSW Absent
National Party (50% turnout) 0 Yes 2 No
Perin Davey NSW No
Bridget McKenzie Victoria No
Ross Cadell NSW Absent
Susan McDonald Queensland Absent
Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party (0% turnout) Absent
Pauline Hanson Queensland Absent
Malcolm Roberts Queensland Absent
Sue Lines WA President Yes
Ralph Babet Victoria United Australia Party No
Totals (76% turnout) 34 Yes – 24 No