The majority agreed with the main idea of the bill, which means the Senate can now discuss it in more detail. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read the bill for a second time.
Didn't this vote already happen?
Yes! This vote took place yesterday but the Government asked for leave to take the bill again because One Nation Senators Pauline Hanson and Brian Burston were absent when the original vote happened. The opposition granted leave.
What does the bill do?
The bill was introduced to increase the rate of the passenger movement charge (PMC) from $55 to $60. The PMC:
is a tax imposed on a passenger departing from Australia and is collected by airlines and shipping companies at the time of the passenger’s purchase of their ticket.
Read more in the bills digest.