The majority voted in favour of amendments introduced by Senator Lidia Thorpe (Independent), which means they will now become part of the bill.

Amendment text

SHEET 2275

(1) Schedule 1, page 11 (after line 24), at the end of the Schedule, add:

Part 6 — Indigenous members of the Authority

Water Act 2007

22A Paragraph 177(b)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

(b) 2 Indigenous persons recognised in the Indigenous community as having a high level of expertise in Indigenous matters relevant to Basin water resources, each of whom is a standing Indigenous Authority member for the purposes of this Subdivision;

22B Subsection 178(2)

Omit "the standing", substitute "as a standing".

22C Subsection 178(2A)

Omit "the standing", substitute "a standing".

22D Subsection 180(3)

Omit "the standing", substitute "a standing".

22E Subsection 180(3A)

Omit "the standing Indigenous Authority member unless the individual is an Indigenous person who has", substitute "a standing Indigenous Authority member unless the individual is recognised in the Indigenous community as having".

22F In the appropriate position in Schedule 10


Part 3 — Application provision relating to the Water Amendment (Restoring Our Rivers) Act 2023

1 Application of amendments

The amendments of sections 177, 178 and 180 made by Part 6 of Schedule 1 to the Water Amendment (Restoring Our Rivers) Act 2023 apply in relation to appointments made on or after the commencement of that Schedule.

SHEET 2278

(1) Schedule 1, page 11 (after line 24), at the end of the Schedule, add:

Part 7 — Review of the Act to consider United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Water Act 2007

23 After subsection 253(1)


(1A) The review must also identify opportunities under this Act to promote the principles set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, being the Resolution adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 13 September 2007.

Note: The text of United Nations General Assembly resolutions could in 2023 be accessed through the United Nations' website (

Votes Passed by a small majority

Nobody rebelled against their party.

Party Votes
Australian Greens (91% turnout) 10 Yes 0 No
Penny Allman-Payne Queensland Yes
Dorinda Cox WA 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
Mehreen Faruqi NSW Absent
Australian Labor Party (80% turnout) 20 Yes 0 No
Tim Ayres NSW Yes
Carol Brown Tasmania Yes
Anthony Chisholm Queensland 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
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
Jana Stewart Victoria Yes
Anne Urquhart Tasmania Yes
Jess Walsh Victoria Yes
Murray Watt Queensland Yes
Catryna Bilyk Tasmania Absent
Raff Ciccone Victoria Absent
Patrick Dodson WA Absent
Linda White Victoria Absent
Penny Wong SA Absent
Jacinta Nampijinpa Price NT Country Liberal Party No
Andrew McLachlan SA Deputy President No
David Pocock ACT Independent Yes
Lidia Thorpe Victoria Independent Absent
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 (50% turnout) 0 Yes 1 No
James McGrath Queensland No
Matthew Canavan Queensland Absent
Liberal Party (87% turnout) 0 Yes 20 No
Alex Antic SA No
Wendy Askew Tasmania No
Andrew Bragg NSW No
Slade Brockman WA No
Michaelia Cash WA No
Claire Chandler Tasmania No
Richard Colbeck Tasmania No
Jonathon Duniam Tasmania No
David Fawcett SA No
Sarah Henderson Victoria No
Hollie Hughes NSW No
Jane Hume Victoria No
Maria Kovacic NSW No
Kerrynne Liddle SA No
Matt O'Sullivan WA No
James Paterson Victoria No
Gerard Rennick Queensland No
Linda Reynolds WA No
Anne Ruston SA No
Paul Scarr Queensland No
Simon Birmingham SA Absent
Dave Sharma NSW Absent
Dean Smith WA Absent
National Party (75% turnout) 0 Yes 3 No
Ross Cadell NSW No
Perin Davey NSW No
Bridget McKenzie Victoria No
Susan McDonald Queensland Absent
Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party (50% turnout) 0 Yes 1 No
Malcolm Roberts Queensland No
Pauline Hanson Queensland Absent
Sue Lines WA President Yes
Ralph Babet Victoria United Australia Party Absent
Totals (80% turnout) 34 Yes – 27 No