The majority vote in favour of a motion to agree with the bill's main idea. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read it a second time. This means that they can now consider it in greater detail.

What does this bill do?

According to the explanatory memorandum for the bill:

The Bill amends sections 65 and 137 of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (TIA Act) to ensure information obtained under section 11A, 11B and 11C warrants (‘foreign intelligence information’) can be communicated, used and recorded to protect Australia’s national security.

Schedule 1 of the Bill will clarify the ability of agencies to communicate foreign intelligence information about threats to Australia in accordance with the proper performance of their functions. Foreign intelligence information obtained under the relevant warrants plays a critical role in enabling intelligence agencies to identify threats to Australia’s national security. The communication and use of such information is critical to identifying and mitigating those threats. These amendments ensure that the Attorney-General can continue to approve the communication and use of foreign intelligence information in a manner that is appropriate to address threats to Australia’s national security.

The Bill does not seek to alter or expand the information that may be intercepted under foreign intelligence warrants under sections 11A, 11B or 11C. Rather, review and consideration of the provisions has identified the need for greater certainty about the sharing of foreign intelligence information. The amendments would replace the requirement for the Attorney-General to approve the persons who can receive the information, as this may not be known with sufficient certainty. Instead, the amendments will allow the Attorney-General to limit the communication and use of such information by specifying purposes, or imposing conditions.

The Bill includes a number of critical safeguards to ensure that foreign intelligence information is used and communicated in a controlled and targeted manner. This includes that where a person receives foreign intelligence information under subsection 65(1) or 137(1) of the TIA Act, it may only be communicated in the proper performance of functions, duties or powers, and subject to any purposes specified, or any conditions imposed, by the Attorney-General.

Note that an explanatory memorandum is a political document that is prepared by the party who proposed the bill into parliament, so should be read with that in mind.

Votes Passed by a modest majority

Nobody rebelled against their party.

Party Votes
Australian Greens (82% turnout) 0 Yes 9 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
Larissa Waters Queensland No
Peter Whish-Wilson Tasmania No
Penny Allman-Payne Queensland Absent
Jordon Steele-John WA Absent
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
Don Farrell SA Yes
Nita Green Queensland Yes
Karen Grogan SA 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
Anne Urquhart Tasmania Yes
Jess Walsh Victoria Yes
Murray Watt Queensland Yes
Linda White Victoria Yes
Patrick Dodson WA Absent
Katy Gallagher ACT Absent
Jana Stewart Victoria Absent
Penny Wong SA Absent
Jacinta Nampijinpa Price NT Country Liberal Party Absent
Andrew McLachlan SA Deputy President Absent
David Pocock ACT Independent Yes
Lidia Thorpe Victoria Independent Absent
David Van Victoria Independent Absent
Jacqui Lambie Network (100% turnout) 1 Yes 1 No
Tammy Tyrrell Tasmania Yes
Jacqui Lambie Tasmania No
Liberal National Party (0% turnout) Absent
Matthew Canavan Queensland Absent
James McGrath Queensland Absent
Liberal Party (22% turnout) 5 Yes 0 No
Claire Chandler Tasmania Yes
Richard Colbeck Tasmania Yes
Sarah Henderson Victoria Yes
Matt O'Sullivan WA Yes
James Paterson Victoria Yes
Alex Antic SA Absent
Wendy Askew Tasmania Absent
Simon Birmingham SA Absent
Andrew Bragg NSW Absent
Slade Brockman WA Absent
Michaelia Cash WA Absent
Jonathon Duniam Tasmania Absent
David Fawcett SA Absent
Hollie Hughes NSW Absent
Jane Hume Victoria Absent
Maria Kovacic NSW Absent
Kerrynne Liddle SA Absent
Marise Payne NSW Absent
Gerard Rennick Queensland Absent
Linda Reynolds WA Absent
Anne Ruston SA Absent
Paul Scarr Queensland 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 (50% turnout) 1 Yes 0 No
Malcolm Roberts Queensland Yes
Pauline Hanson Queensland Absent
Sue Lines WA President Absent
Ralph Babet Victoria United Australia Party Yes
Totals (53% turnout) 30 Yes – 10 No