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These divisions relate to the policy “for making sanitary items GST-free”. Compare how a supporter of the policy would have voted to the division outcome.

19th Jun 2017, 12:07 PM – Senate Treasury Laws Amendment (GST Low Value Goods) Bill 2017 - in Committee - No GST on sanitary items - Division No. 2

Supporters vote “Yes (strong)”

Party Yes No
Australian Conservatives (100% turnout) 1
Australian Greens (100% turnout) 9
Australian Labor Party (48% turnout) 12
Country Liberal Party (0.0% turnout)
Derryn Hinch's Justice Party (100% turnout) 1
Deputy President (100% turnout) 1
Independent (50% turnout) 1
Liberal Democratic Party (100% turnout) 1
Liberal National Party (50% turnout) 1
Liberal Party (52% turnout) 11
National Party (75% turnout) 3
Nick Xenophon Team (100% turnout) 3
Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party (100% turnout) 4
President (0.0% turnout)
Totals (63% turnout) 15 33

The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Larissa Waters (Qld), which means it failed. The motion would have made sanitary items exempt from GST, meaning no GST would be charged on these products.

Motion text

(1) Page 27 (after line 16), at the end of the Bill, add:

Schedule 2—Exemptions

A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999

1 At the end of Subdivision 38 -B

Add:

38 -65 Sanitary products

A supply of *sanitary products is GST-free.

2 Section 195 -1

Insert:

sanitary products means tampons, sanitary pads, panty liners and similar items.

3 Application

The amendments made to the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 by this Schedule apply in relation to supplies made on or after 1 July 2017.

19th Jun 2017, 11:32 AM – Senate Treasury Laws Amendment (Gst Low Value Goods) Bill 2017 - Second Reading - Delay the bill - Division No. 1

Supporters vote “Yes”

Party Yes No
Australian Conservatives (0.0% turnout)
Australian Greens (89% turnout) 8
Australian Labor Party (60% turnout) 15
Country Liberal Party (0.0% turnout)
Derryn Hinch's Justice Party (100% turnout) 1
Deputy President (0.0% turnout)
Independent (100% turnout) 2
Liberal Democratic Party (100% turnout) 1
Liberal National Party (0.0% turnout)
Liberal Party (67% turnout) 14
National Party (50% turnout) 2
Nick Xenophon Team (100% turnout) 3
Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party (25% turnout) 1
President (0.0% turnout)
Totals (62% turnout) 10 37

The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Larissa Waters (Qld), which means it failed.

The motion would have changed the second reading motion (that is, the motion where the Senate agrees with the bill's main idea), replacing the words "that the Senate agrees to read the bill for a second time" with the words below.

In brief, the Greens Party wanted to delay this bill until the treasurers of Australia's States and Territories could consider their proposal to make sanitary items GST-free.

Motion text

Leave out all words after "that", insert:

" the debate on this bill be adjourned until State and Territory Treasurers have had an opportunity to consider the Australian Greens’ proposal to remove the tampon tax."