Summary

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The majority voted against a motion to read the following bills for a third time:(Read more about the stages that a bill must pass through before becoming law here. )

  • Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 [No. 2]
  • Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2009 [No. 2]
  • Australian Climate Change Regulatory Authority Bill 2009 [No. 2]
  • Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (Charges-Customs) Bill 2009 [No. 2]
  • Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (Charges-Excise) Bill 2009 [No. 2]
  • Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (Charges-General) Bill 2009 [No. 2]
  • Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS Fuel Credits) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2009 [No. 2]
  • Excise Tariff Amendment (Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme) Bill 2009 [No. 2]
  • Customs Tariff Amendment (Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme) Bill 2009 [No. 2]

This means that the majority of Senators do not want to pass the bills in the Senate and that they will not proceed to become law.

Two Liberal Senators, Sue Boyce and Judith Troeth, crossed the floor to vote 'aye' with the government.(Read more about what it means to cross the floor in our FAQ section. )

Background to the bills

The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 (No. 2) was introduced as part of a package of six bills along with five other related bills to introduce the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. They reflect the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 and its related acts, as amended in the House of Representatives before it was negated in the Senate.(See that division here. )

The scheme is an emission trading scheme designed to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in an effort to address climate change. It gives effect to Australia's obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.

The design of the scheme has been criticised by the business community for threatening jobs and by environmentalists for not going far enough with its emission reduction targets.(Read more about these criticisms here.)

The six bills that were introduced as a package are called:

The five other related bills are called:

References

Votes Not passed by a small majority

There was 2 rebellions in this division.

  • Sue Boyce voted Yes against the majority of the Liberal Party.
  • Judith Troeth voted Yes against the majority of the Liberal Party.
Party Votes
Australian Greens (100% turnout) 0 Yes 5 No
Bob Brown Tasmania No
Sarah Hanson-Young SA No
Scott Ludlam WA No
Christine Milne Tasmania No
Rachel Siewert WA No
Australian Labor Party (97% turnout) 30 Yes 0 No
Mark Arbib NSW Yes
Catryna Bilyk Tasmania Yes
Mark Bishop WA Yes
Carol Brown Tasmania Yes
Doug Cameron NSW Yes
Kim Carr Victoria Yes
Jacinta Collins Victoria Yes
Stephen Conroy Victoria Yes
Chris Evans WA Yes
Don Farrell SA Yes
John Faulkner NSW Yes
David Feeney Victoria Yes
Michael Forshaw NSW Yes
Mark Furner Queensland Yes
Annette Hurley SA Yes
Steve Hutchins NSW Yes
Joe Ludwig Queensland Yes
Kate Lundy ACT Yes
Gavin Marshall Victoria Yes
Anne McEwen SA Yes
Jan McLucas Queensland Yes
Claire Moore Queensland Yes
Kerry O'Brien Tasmania Yes
Helen Polley Tasmania Yes
Louise Pratt WA Yes
Nick Sherry Tasmania Yes
Ursula Stephens NSW Yes
Glenn Sterle WA Yes
Penny Wong SA Yes
Dana Wortley SA Yes
Trish Crossin NT Absent
Nigel Scullion NT Country Liberal Party Absent
Alan Ferguson SA Deputy President No
Steve Fielding Victoria Family First Party No
Nick Xenophon SA Independent No
Liberal Party (100% turnout) 2 Yes 28 No
Sue Boyce Queensland Yes
Judith Troeth Victoria Yes
Eric Abetz Tasmania No
Judith Adams WA No
Christopher Back WA No
Guy Barnett Tasmania No
Cory Bernardi SA No
Simon Birmingham SA No
George Brandis Queensland No
David Bushby Tasmania No
Michaelia Cash WA No
Richard Colbeck Tasmania No
Helen Coonan NSW No
Mathias Cormann WA No
Alan Eggleston WA No
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells NSW No
Mitch Fifield Victoria No
Mary Fisher SA No
Bill Heffernan NSW No
Gary Humphries ACT No
David Johnston WA No
Helen Kroger Victoria No
Ian Macdonald Queensland No
Brett Mason Queensland No
Nick Minchin SA No
Stephen Parry Tasmania No
Marise Payne NSW No
Michael Ronaldson Victoria No
Scott Ryan Victoria No
Russell Trood Queensland No
National Party (100% turnout) 0 Yes 5 No
Ron Boswell Queensland No
Barnaby Joyce Queensland No
Julian McGauran Victoria No
Fiona Nash NSW No
John Williams NSW No
John Hogg Queensland President Yes
Totals (97% turnout) 33 Yes – 41 No