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FOR – Motions - Royal Commission into the Robodebt Scheme - Accept findings

The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Maribyrnong MP Bill Shorten (Labor), which means it passed. Motion like these don't make any changes to the law but can be politically influential because they represent the will of the House.

NOTE: At the time this entry was edited, MP Cameron Caldwell was showing up as a rebel voter, but this is an error (see the original Hansard record, which shows Mr Caldwell voting with the rest of his party).

Original motion text

That this House:

(1) accepts the findings of the report of the Royal Commission into the Robodebt Scheme regarding the former ministers involved in the design and implementation of the scheme;

(2) expresses its deep regret and apologises to the victims of the unlawful robodebt scheme, and to front-line Centrelink staff; and

(3) commits to ensuring this cruel, unlawful chapter in the history of Australian public administration is never repeated.


Date and time: 12:42 PM on 2023-08-10
Allegra Spender's vote: Aye
Total number of "aye" votes: 88
Total number of "no" votes: 51
Total number of abstentions: 12

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