The majority voted in favour of a motion to pass the Excise Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2016 and the Customs Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2016. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read the bills for a third time.
As the bills have already passed in the House of Representatives, they will now become law.
Main idea of the bills
The bills increase the excise and excise equivalent customs duty on tobacco. Their objective is "to improve the health of Australians by reducing their exposure to tobacco products". Learn more about the bills in the bills digest.