The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, which means it wasn't passed. The motion concerned early childhood education and care and the people who work in the industry.
That the Senate—
(i) the important work early childhood educators and childcare staff around the country do in helping care for our young children,
(ii) that early childhood education and care (ECEC) is a critical component of lifelong learning,
(iii) that ECEC workers are trusted and skilled carers and educators, and
(iv) that ECEC educators and staff, earning as low as $21 per hour, are underpaid for the important job they dedicate their lives to; and
(i) the early childhood educators and workers taking part in the largest walk-off industrial action on 7 September 2017, and
(ii) a 35 per cent pay increase to ECEC educators' and workers' salaries.