The majority voted in favour of the bills' main idea. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read them for a second time. This means that they can now discuss the bills in more detail.
What is the bills' main idea?
The bills are part of an "historic package of reforms" that the Government announced earlier this year that affect free-to-air broadcasting in Australia.
Most controversially, the bills will repeal the ‘2 out of 3 cross-media control rule’, which:
prohibits a person controlling more than two out of three regulated media platforms (that is, a commercial television broadcasting licence, a commercial radio broadcasting licence and an associated newspaper) in any one commercial radio licence area.
Read more in the explanatory memorandum.