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FOR – Treasury Laws Amendment (Energy Price Relief Plan) Bill 2022 - Second Reading - No price freeze

The majority voted in favour of disagreeing with an amendment, which means it failed. It would have added the words below to the usual second reading motion, which is "That this bill be now read a second time" (parliamentary jargon for agreeing with the main idea of the bill). It was introduced by Melbourne MP Adam Bandt (Greens).

Amendment text

That all words after "the House" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

"agrees to give the bill a second reading and:

(1) notes that this legislation gives the government the power to stop power bills rising at all and to freeze electricity bills at pre-crisis levels;

(2) calls on the government to immediately use those powers and address the urgent cost of living crisis by freezing electricity bills;

(3) does not consider it acceptable that electricity bills are set to rise by over 20% while coal and gas corporations keep getting subsidies and don't pay their fair share of tax; and

(4) considers that any price rise from here on in is squarely the government’s responsibility".


Date and time: 11:20 AM on 2022-12-15
Allegra Spender's vote: Aye
Total number of "aye" votes: 76
Total number of "no" votes: 5
Total number of abstentions: 70
Related bill: Treasury Laws Amendment (Energy Price Relief Plan) Bill 2022

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