The majority voted against an amendment to the usual second reading motion, which is "that the bill be read a second time" (parliamentary jargon for agreeing with the main idea of the bill). Because this vote was unsuccessful, the text set out below won't be added to the motion. The amendment was introduced by ACT Senator David Pocock (Independent).

Note that these types of amendments don't make any legal changes, but instead are politically influential as they represent the will of the Senate.

Amendment text

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

(a) notes that:

(i) the expert Economic Inclusion Advisory Committee (EIAC) found that the rates of social security payments for working age Australians are seriously inadequate and are creating barriers to paid work,

(ii) the EIAC recommended the JobSeeker Payment, Youth Allowance and other related payments be raised to 90 per cent of the aged pension to restore a previous relativity between the payments, reduce financial stress in the community and improve the wellbeing and security of the most vulnerable Australians,

(iii) the Albanese Government has rejected the expert advice of the EIAC and has chosen to raise the rates of income support by just $2.85 a day, before the payments are indexed,

(iv) the Albanese Government has decided not to remove the Activity Test for the Child Care Subsidy, despite recommendations to do so by the EIAC and the Women's Economic Equality Taskforce given findings that it is perversely reducing economic inclusion, especially for women, and causing hardship for children,

(v) the Albanese Government has chosen not to raise the age of eligibility for Parenting Payment (Single) to when a parent's youngest child turns 16 years-of-age, leaving over 18,000 single parents without access to the payment,

(vi) by the time changes to Parenting Payment (Single) commence, over 5,000 single parents will have been needlessly removed from the payment and will need to reapply,

(vii) we are in a housing affordability crisis and the EIAC found the current rate of Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA) to be inadequate,

(viii) at a time of rapidly rising rents, the 1.3 million Australian households receiving CRA are at greater risk of financial stress and poverty,

(ix) the EIAC recommended the Government commit to increase CRA and reform its indexation to better reflect rent paid, and

(x) the Royal Commission into the Robodebt Scheme reported that politicians need to 'lead a change in social attitudes to people receiving welfare payments' and change the narrative of 'taxpayer versus welfare recipient'; and

(b) is of the opinion that the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Safety Net) Bill 2023 will not do enough to reduce poverty in the community and provide all Australians with a strong social safety net; and

(c) calls on the Albanese Government to:

(i) change eligibility for Parenting Payment (Single) to support parents to continue on the payment until their youngest child turns 16,

(ii) raise the rates of working age payments to at least 90 per cent of the aged care pension, as recommended by the EIAC,

(iii) scrap the Activity Test for the Child Care Subsidy,

(iv) significantly increase Commonwealth Rent Assistance, and

(v) commit to the development of a modern measure of poverty in Australia to guide future policy making in social services.

Votes Not passed by a modest majority

Nobody rebelled against their party.

Party Votes
Australian Greens (82% turnout) 9 Yes 0 No
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
Larissa Waters Queensland Yes
Peter Whish-Wilson Tasmania Yes
Penny Allman-Payne Queensland Absent
Jordon Steele-John WA Absent
Australian Labor Party (88% turnout) 0 Yes 22 No
Tim Ayres NSW No
Carol Brown Tasmania No
Anthony Chisholm Queensland No
Raff Ciccone Victoria No
Don Farrell SA 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
Jana Stewart Victoria No
Anne Urquhart Tasmania No
Jess Walsh Victoria No
Murray Watt Queensland No
Linda White Victoria No
Catryna Bilyk Tasmania Absent
Patrick Dodson WA Absent
Penny Wong SA Absent
Jacinta Nampijinpa Price NT Country Liberal Party Absent
Andrew McLachlan SA Deputy President No
David Pocock ACT Independent Yes
Lidia Thorpe Victoria Independent Absent
David Van Victoria Independent Absent
Jacqui Lambie Network (50% turnout) 0 Yes 1 No
Jacqui Lambie Tasmania No
Tammy Tyrrell Tasmania Absent
Liberal National Party (0% turnout) Absent
Matthew Canavan Queensland Absent
James McGrath Queensland Absent
Liberal Party (17% turnout) 0 Yes 4 No
Richard Colbeck Tasmania No
Kerrynne Liddle SA No
Anne Ruston SA No
Paul Scarr Queensland No
Alex Antic SA Absent
Wendy Askew Tasmania Absent
Simon Birmingham SA Absent
Andrew Bragg NSW Absent
Slade Brockman WA Absent
Michaelia Cash WA Absent
Claire Chandler Tasmania Absent
Jonathon Duniam Tasmania Absent
David Fawcett SA Absent
Sarah Henderson Victoria Absent
Hollie Hughes NSW Absent
Jane Hume Victoria Absent
Maria Kovacic NSW Absent
Matt O'Sullivan WA Absent
James Paterson Victoria Absent
Marise Payne NSW Absent
Gerard Rennick Queensland Absent
Linda Reynolds WA Absent
Dean Smith WA Absent
National Party (0% turnout) Absent
Ross Cadell NSW Absent
Perin Davey NSW Absent
Susan McDonald Queensland Absent
Bridget McKenzie Victoria Absent
Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party (0% turnout) Absent
Pauline Hanson Queensland Absent
Malcolm Roberts Queensland Absent
Sue Lines WA President Absent
Ralph Babet Victoria United Australia Party No
Totals (51% turnout) 10 Yes – 29 No