The majority voted against an amendment to the usual second reading motion, which is "that the bill be read for a second time". Reading a bill for a second time is parliamentary jargon for agreeing with the main idea of the bill.
"whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House notes that, under the Coalition Government, Australia's vocational education and training system is failing kids, workers, businesses and the economy, as demonstrated by presiding over a skills crisis where:
(1) 150,000 apprentices and trainees have been lost;
(2) more than $3 billion has been cut from TAFE and training;
(3) the Government has short-changed TAFE and training by nearly $1 billion; and
(4) our regions have been left behind while unemployment increases".