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These divisions relate to the policy “for increasing transparency of the China-Australia relationship”. Compare how a supporter of the policy would have voted to the division outcome.

3rd Dec 2019, 7:10 PM – Senate Committees - Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee - Australia's relationship with China - Division No. 6

Supporters vote “Yes (strong)”

Party Yes No
Australian Conservatives (100% turnout) 1
Australian Greens (100% turnout) 9
Australian Labor Party (60% turnout) 15
Centre Alliance (100% turnout) 2
Country Liberal Party (100% turnout) 1
Deputy President (0.0% turnout)
Jacqui Lambie Network (100% turnout) 1
Liberal National Party (50% turnout) 1
Liberal Party (68% turnout) 19
National Party (67% turnout) 2
Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party (100% turnout) 2
President (0.0% turnout)
Totals (70% turnout) 15 38

The majority voted against a motion to agree to refer the matter below to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee, which means it won't be referred to that Committee.

Reference text

That the following matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 26 November 2020:

Australia's relationship with the People’s Republic of China.

11th Nov 2019, 5:50 PM – Senate Committees - Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee - Reference - Division No. 4

Supporters vote “Yes (strong)”

Party Yes No
Australian Conservatives (100% turnout) 1
Australian Greens (89% turnout) 8
Australian Labor Party (60% turnout) 15
Centre Alliance (100% turnout) 2
Country Liberal Party (100% turnout) 1
Deputy President (100% turnout) 1
Jacqui Lambie Network (100% turnout) 1
Liberal National Party (0.0% turnout)
Liberal Party (68% turnout) 19
National Party (100% turnout) 3
Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party (50% turnout) 1
President (0.0% turnout)
Totals (68% turnout) 13 39

The majority voted against a motion introduced by SA Senator Rex Patrick (Centre Alliance), which means it failed.

Motion text

That the following matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by the final sitting day of June 2020:

(1) That the Senate notes recent statements concerning Australia's relations with the People's Republic of China, including:

(a) the speech of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Payne, on 19 September 2019 in which she stated that in pursuing Australian diplomacy she will advance 'Australian values' and that 'at times that will mean speaking our mind or taking actions that seem disagreeable to others';

(b) the comments of Minister for Home Affairs, Mr Dutton, on 11 October 2019 that it is necessary to have a 'frank conversation' about China’s global influence: its Belt and Road Initiative, expansionism in the South China Sea and growing military and aid presence in the lndo-Pacific;

(c) Mr Dutton's further observations that the values, policies and actions of the Chinese Communist Party are 'inconsistent' with Australian democratic values and that 'We're not going to allow theft of intellectual property and we're not going to allow our government bodies or non-government bodies to be hacked into';

(d) the remarks of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, on 12 October 2019, that Mr Dutton's comments 'just simply reflect the fact we're two different countries' and that 'China will do what they do in their country, and we respect that too';

(e) the comments of the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator Canavan, on 13 October 2019 that Mr Dutton was 'just stating the facts of the matter' and that it is a 'longstanding fact' that Australia and China have different systems of government and political values;

(f) the statement of the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Wong, on 14 October 2019 that she has made 'repeated requests' to the Minister for Foreign Affairs that relevant agencies, such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Office of National Intelligence, provide a detailed and comprehensive briefing for parliamentarians on Australia's relationship with China; and

(g) Senator Wong's statement on 24 October 2019 that the Minister for Foreign Affairs has written to the Opposition declining to provide the requested briefings.

(2) That the following matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by the final sitting day of June 2020: Australia's relations with the People's Republic of China, with particular reference to:

(a) the management of a mutually respectful and beneficial bilateral relationship between Australia and China;

(b) Australian and Chinese perspectives on, and interests in, regional and global security issues;

(c) trade, investment and infrastructure issues, including Australia's engagement with China's Belt and Road Initiative;

(d) educational and research cooperation;

(e) tourism, cultural exchanges and people-to-people ties;

(f) management of diplomatic and consular arrangements;

(g) dialogue on human rights issues;

(h) the roles of Australian institutions in Australia's relations with China, including, state and local governments, universities and other academic bodies, business and non-government organisations; and

(i) any related matters.

13th Nov 2018, 4:13 PM – Senate Committees - Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee - Refer to Committee - Division No. 7

Supporters vote “Yes”

Party Yes No
Australian Conservatives (100% turnout) 1
Australian Greens (100% turnout) 9
Australian Labor Party (76% turnout) 19
Centre Alliance (100% turnout) 2
Country Liberal Party (100% turnout) 1
Derryn Hinch's Justice Party (100% turnout) 1
Deputy President (100% turnout) 1
Independent (67% turnout) 1 1
Katter's Australian Party (100% turnout) 1
Liberal Democratic Party (100% turnout) 1
Liberal National Party (100% turnout) 2
Liberal Party (57% turnout) 13
National Party (67% turnout) 2
Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party (100% turnout) 2
President (0.0% turnout)
United Australia Party (0.0% turnout)
Totals (75% turnout) 18 39

The majority voted against a motion introduced by SA Senator Rex Patrick (Centre Alliance), which means it failed.

Motion text

That the following matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 1 April 2019:

(a) Australia's engagement with China's Belt and Road Initiative including, but not limited to, the Victorian Government's Memorandum of Understanding with China, signed on 25 August 2018; and

(b) any related matters.

14th Jun 2017, 4:26 PM – Senate Motions - Influence of Foreign Agents - Royal Commission - Division No. 9

Supporters vote “Yes”

Party Yes No
Australian Conservatives (100% turnout) 1
Australian Greens (100% turnout) 9
Australian Labor Party (44% turnout) 11
Country Liberal Party (100% turnout) 1
Derryn Hinch's Justice Party (100% turnout) 1
Deputy President (100% turnout) 1
Independent (100% turnout) 1 1
Liberal Democratic Party (100% turnout) 1
Liberal National Party (100% turnout) 2
Liberal Party (57% turnout) 12
National Party (75% turnout) 3
Nick Xenophon Team (100% turnout) 3
Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party (100% turnout) 4
President (100% turnout) 1
Totals (68% turnout) 10 42

The majority voted against a motion introduced by Senator Cory Bernardi (SA), which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes reports, arising from a joint investigation by the ABC Four Corners program and Fairfax Media, broadcast on 5 June 2017 regarding the increasing influence of the People's Republic of China in Australia's political system and within academia; and

(b) calls on the Prime Minister to request His Excellency the Governor-General issue Letters Patent to establish a royal commission into the following:

(i) the influence of foreign agents in offering direct or indirect benefits to politicians, political parties, governments and academia with a view to influencing decisions or other actions by those recipients to be in accord with the view of foreign governments, including, but not limited to, the Chinese Communist Party, and

(ii) possible reforms to preserve the sovereignty, transparency and integrity of Australian democracy.