The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by South Australian Senator Sarah Hanson-Young (Greens), which means it succeeded. Motions like these don't make any legal changes on their own, but they're politically influential because they represent the will of the Senate.
That the Senate—
(a) opposes recent cuts to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that have resulted in:
(i) the loss of almost 500 Australian jobs,
(ii) the closure of all 50 ABC retail outlets around Australia,
(iii) a substantial reduction in Australian made children's content,
(iv) a substantive reduction in local regional content, and
(v) a reduction in government funding totalling 29.2 per cent over 30 years;
(b) opposes the severe cuts to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation outlined in the 2016 Budget paper totalling almost $50 million over the forward estimates; and
(c) supports the ongoing strengthening of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as a bold, vital and well-funded national broadcaster with strong local and regional content for all Australians.