Summary

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The majority voted to agree with the bills' main idea. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read the bills for a second time.

The Senate can now discuss the bills in more detail.

What is the bills' main idea?

Together, the purpose of these bills is to implement the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement into Australian law. This Agreement does not remove all tariffs, subsidies, quotas etc between Australia and China (so it's not really free trade), but it does create more favourable trading conditions between the two countries.

Read more about the Agreement and the bills in the bills digest.

Votes Passed by a modest majority

Nobody rebelled against their party.

Party Votes
Australian Greens (90% turnout) 0 Yes 9 No
Richard Di Natale Victoria No
Sarah Hanson-Young SA No
Nick McKim Tasmania No
Lee Rhiannon NSW No
Janet Rice Victoria No
Rachel Siewert WA No
Robert Simms SA No
Larissa Waters Queensland No
Peter Whish-Wilson Tasmania No
Scott Ludlam WA Absent
Australian Labor Party (58% turnout) 14 Yes 0 No
Joe Bullock WA Yes
Doug Cameron NSW Yes
Jacinta Collins Victoria Yes
Alex Gallacher SA Yes
Katy Gallagher ACT Yes
Chris Ketter Queensland Yes
Joe Ludwig Queensland Yes
Jenny McAllister NSW Yes
Claire Moore Queensland Yes
Nova Peris NT Yes
Lisa Singh Tasmania Yes
Glenn Sterle WA Yes
Anne Urquhart Tasmania Yes
Penny Wong SA Yes
Catryna Bilyk Tasmania Absent
Carol Brown Tasmania Absent
Kim Carr Victoria Absent
Stephen Conroy Victoria Absent
Sam Dastyari NSW Absent
Sue Lines WA Absent
Anne McEwen SA Absent
Jan McLucas Queensland Absent
Deborah O'Neill NSW Absent
Helen Polley Tasmania Absent
Ricky Muir Victoria Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party Yes
Nigel Scullion NT Country Liberal Party Absent
Gavin Marshall Victoria Deputy President Absent
Bob Day SA Family First Party Yes
Jacqui Lambie Tasmania Independent No
Glenn Lazarus Queensland Independent Absent
John Madigan Victoria Independent Absent
Nick Xenophon SA Independent Absent
David Leyonhjelm NSW Liberal Democratic Party Yes
Liberal National Party (100% turnout) 2 Yes 0 No
Matthew Canavan Queensland Yes
James McGrath Queensland Yes
Liberal Party (64% turnout) 16 Yes 0 No
Christopher Back WA Yes
Simon Birmingham SA Yes
David Bushby Tasmania Yes
Michaelia Cash WA Yes
Mathias Cormann WA Yes
Sean Edwards SA Yes
David Fawcett SA Yes
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells NSW Yes
David Johnston WA Yes
Jo Lindgren Queensland Yes
Ian Macdonald Queensland Yes
Linda Reynolds WA Yes
Michael Ronaldson Victoria Yes
Anne Ruston SA Yes
Scott Ryan Victoria Yes
Arthur Sinodinos NSW Yes
Eric Abetz Tasmania Absent
Cory Bernardi SA Absent
George Brandis Queensland Absent
Richard Colbeck Tasmania Absent
Mitch Fifield Victoria Absent
Bill Heffernan NSW Absent
Marise Payne NSW Absent
Zed Seselja ACT Absent
Dean Smith WA Absent
National Party (25% turnout) 1 Yes 0 No
Bridget McKenzie Victoria Yes
Fiona Nash NSW Absent
Barry O'Sullivan Queensland Absent
John Williams NSW Absent
Dio Wang WA Palmer United Party Yes
Stephen Parry Tasmania President Absent
Totals (62% turnout) 37 Yes – 10 No