How did your MP vote on conscience issues?


Information about Conscience Votes

Conscience votes are not a comprehensive measure of a politician's values. They are usually only held on sensitive questions of life, and do not apply to other important value matters where politicians usually follow their party's line. Nonetheless, conscience votes do show how a politician approaches a significant ethical question, where their sense of values comes from, and what their personal view is on what we believe to be one of the most important questions of all: the protection of human life from conception to natural death.

Listed below is how your MP voted on issues of conscience brought before Parliament.


How did your local Member vote?

Conscience issues:

  • Marriage Amendment Bill 2012 (House of Representatives only) 19th September 2012. The bill would have redefined marriage to include same-sex couples. As Coalition policy is to support marriage, Coalition party members were not granted a conscience vote.
  • Marriage Amendment Bill (No.2) 2012 (Senate only) 20th September 2012. The bill would redefine marriage to include same-sex couples. As Coalition policy is to support marriage, Coalition party members were not granted a conscience vote.
  • Marriage Act Amendment (Recognition of Foreign Marriage for Same-Sex Couples) Bill 2013 (Senate only) 20th June 2013. The bill would have recognised same-sex marriages entered into overseas. As Coalition policy is to support marriage, Coalition party members were not granted a conscience vote.

House of Representatives:

Firstname Surname Electorate Party Same-sex marriage bill vote
Tony Abbott Warringah Liberal Against
Dick Adams Lyons ALP Against
Anthony Albanese Grayndler ALP For
John Alexander Bennelong Liberal Against
Karen Andrews Mcpherson Liberal Against
Kevin Andrews Menzies Liberal Against
Bob Baldwin Paterson Liberal Against
Adam Bandt Melbourne Greens For
Bruce Billson Dunkley Liberal Against
Sharon Bird Cunningham ALP For
Bronwyn Bishop Mackellar Liberal Against
Julie Bishop Curtin Liberal Against
Chris Bowen Mcmahon ALP Against
David Bradbury Lindsay ALP Against
Jamie Briggs Mayo Liberal Against
Russell Broadbent Mcmillan Liberal Against
Gai Brodtmann Canberra ALP For
Scott Buchholz Wright Liberal Against
Anna Burke Chisholm ALP Speaker - could not vote
Tony Burke Watson ALP Against
Mark Butler Port Adelaide ALP For
Anthony Byrne Holt ALP Against
Nick Champion Wakefield ALP For
Darren Cheeseman Corangamite ALP For
Darren Chester Gippsland Nationals Against
George Christensen Dawson Nationals Against
Steven Ciobo Moncrieff Liberal Against
Jason Clare Blaxland ALP For
John Cobb Parkes Nationals Against
Julie Collins Franklin ALP For
Greg Combet (ret) Charlton ALP For
Mark Coulton Parkes Nationals Against
Simon Crean (ret) Hotham ALP For
Tony Crook (ret) O'Connor Nationals WA Against
Michael Danby Melbourne Ports ALP Absent
Yvette D'Ath Petrie ALP Against
Mark Dreyfus Isaacs ALP For
Peter Dutton Dickson Liberal Against
Justine Elliot Richmond ALP For
Katherine Ellis Adelaide ALP For
Craig Emerson (ret) Rankin ALP Against
Warren Entsch Leichhardt Liberal Against
Laurie Ferguson Werriwa ALP Absent
Martin Ferguson (ret) Batman ALP Absent
Joel Fitzgibbon Hunter ALP Against
Paul Fletcher Bradfield Liberal Against
John Forrest (ret) Mallee Nationals Against
Josh Frydenberg Kooyong Liberal Against
Teresa Gambaro* Brisbane Liberal Against
Peter Garrett (ret) Kingsford Smith ALP For
Joanna Gash (ret) Gilmore Liberal Against
Steven Georganas Hindmarsh ALP For
Stephen Gibbons (ret) Bendigo ALP For
Julia Gillard (ret) Lalor ALP Against
Gary Gray Brand ALP For
Sharon Grierson (ret) Newcastle ALP For
Alan Griffin Bruce ALP For
Natasha Griggs Solomon CLP Against
Barry Haase (ret) Durack Liberal Absent
Jill Hall Shortland ALP For
Luke Hartsuyker Cowper Nationals Against
Alex Hawke Mitchell Liberal Against
Chris Hayes Fowler ALP Against
Joe Hockey North Sydney Liberal Against
Greg Hunt Flinders Liberal Against
Ed Husic Chifley ALP Against
Steve Irons Swan Liberal Against
Harry Jenkins (ret) Scullin ALP For
Dennis Jensen Tangney Liberal Against
Ewen Jones Herbert Liberal Against
Stephen Jones Throsby ALP For
Bob Katter Kennedy KAP Against
Michael Keenan Stirling Liberal Against
Craig Kelly Hughes Liberal Against
Mike Kelly Eden-Monaro ALP For
Catherine King Ballarat ALP For
Andrew Laming Bowman Liberal Against
Andrew Leigh* Fraser ALP Absent
Sussan Ley Farrer Liberal Against
Kirsten Livermore (ret) Capricornia ALP For
Geoff Lyons Bass ALP Against
Ian Macfarlane Groom Liberal Against
Jenny Macklin Jagajaga ALP For
Nola Marino Forrest Liberal Against
Louise Markus Macquarie Liberal Against
Richard Marles Corio ALP For
Russell Matheson Macarthur Liberal Against
Robert McClelland (ret) Barton ALP Against
Michael McCormack Riverina Nationals Against
Daryl Melham Banks ALP Against
Sophie Mirabella Indi Liberal Against
Rob Mitchell McEwen ALP Absent
Scott Morrison Cook Liberal Against
Judi Moylan* (ret) Pearce Liberal Against
John Murphy Reid ALP Against
Shayne Neumann Blair ALP Against
Paul Neville (ret) Hinkler Nationals Against
Robert Oakeshott (ret) Lyne Independent For
Brendan O'Connor Gorton ALP Absent
Ken O'Dowd Flynn Nationals Against
Kelly O'Dwyer* Higgins Liberal Against
Deborah O'Neill Robertson ALP Against
Julie Owens Parramatta ALP Against
Melissa Parke Fremantle ALP For
Graham Perrett Moreton ALP For
Tanya Plibersek Sydney ALP For
Jane Prentice Ryan Liberal Against
Christopher Pyne Sturt Liberal Against
Rowan Ramsey Grey Liberal Against
Don Randall Canning Liberal Against
Bernie Ripoll* Oxley ALP Against
Amanda Rishworth Kingston ALP For
Andrew Robb Goldstein Liberal Against
Stuart Robert Fadden Liberal Against
Michelle Rowland Greenway ALP Against
Nicola Roxon (ret) Gellibrand ALP For
Wyatt Roy* Longman Liberal Against
Kevin Rudd* Griffith ALP Against
Philip Ruddock Berowra Liberal Against
Janelle Saffin Page ALP For
Alby Schultz (ret) Hume Liberal Against
Bruce Scott Maranoa Nationals Against
Patrick Secker (ret) Barker Liberal Against
Bill Shorten Maribyrnong ALP For
Sid Sidebottom Braddon ALP For
Luke Simpkins Cowan Liberal Absent
Peter Slipper Fisher Independent Absent
Stephen Smith (ret) Perth ALP For
Tony Smith Casey Liberal Against
Laura Smyth La Trobe ALP For
Warren Snowdon Lingiari ALP For
Alexander Somlyay (ret) Fairfax Liberal Against
Andrew Southcott Boothby Liberal Against
Sharman Stone Murray Liberal Against
Wayne Swan Lilley ALP Against
Mike Symon Deakin ALP Against
Dan Tehan Wannon Liberal Against
Craig Thomson Dobell Independent For
Kelvin Thomson Wills ALP Against
Warren Truss Wide Bay Nationals Against
Alan Tudge Aston Liberal Against
Malcolm Turnbull* Wentworth Liberal Against
Maria Vamvakinou Calwell ALP Against
Bert van Manen Forde Liberal Against
Ross Vasta Bonner Liberal Against
Malcolm Washer* (ret) Moore Liberal Against
Andrew Wilkie Denison Independent For
Tony Windsor (ret) New England Independent Against
Ken Wyatt Hasluck Liberal Against
Tony Zappia Makin ALP Against


Firstname Surname State Party Same-sex marriage bill vote Overseas recognition bill vote
Eric Abetz TAS Liberals Against Against
Chris Back WA Liberals Against Against
Cory Bernardi SA Liberals Absent Against
Catryna Bilyk TAS ALP Against Against
Simon Birmingham* SA Liberals Absent Abstained
Mark Bishop WA ALP Against Against
Ron Boswell QLD Nationals Against Against
Sue Boyce QLD Liberals Abstained For
George Brandis QLD Liberals Absent Against
Carol Brown TAS ALP For For
David Bushby TAS Liberals Against Against
Doug Cameron NSW ALP For For
Kim Carr VIC ALP For For
Bob Carr NSW ALP Absent For
Michaelia Cash WA Liberals Against Against
Richard Colbeck TAS Liberals Against Against
Jacinta Collins VIC ALP Against Against
Stephen Conroy VIC ALP Against Against
Mathias Cormann WA Liberals Against Against
Trish Crossin (ret) NT ALP For For
Richard Di Natale VIC Greens For For
Sean Edwards SA Liberals Against Against
Alan Eggleston WA Liberals Against Against
Don Farrell SA ALP Against Against
John Faulkner NSW ALP For For
David Fawcett SA Liberals Against Against
David Feeney# VIC ALP Absent Against
Conscetta Fierravanti-Wells NSW Liberals Against Against
Mitch Fifield VIC Liberals Against Against
Mark Furner QLD ALP Against Against
Alex Gallacher SA ALP Against Against
Sarah Hanson-Young SA Greens For For
Bill Heffernan NSW Liberals Against Absent
John Hogg QLD ALP Against Against
Gary Humphries (ret) ACT Liberals Against Against
David Johnston WA Liberals Against Against
Barnaby Joyce# QLD Nationals Against Against
Helen Kroger VIC Liberals Against Against
Sue Lines WA ALP Assumed office 15/05/2013 For
Scott Ludlam WA Greens For For
Joe Ludwig QLD ALP Absent Against
Kate Lundy ACT ALP For For
Ian Macdonald QLD Liberals Against Against
John Madigan VIC DLP Against Against
Gavin Marshall VIC ALP For For
Brett Mason QLD Liberals Against Against
Anne McEwen SA ALP For For
Bridget McKenzie VIC Nationals Against Against
Jan McLucas QLD ALP For For
Christine Milne TAS Greens For For
Claire Moore QLD ALP For For
Fiona Nash NSW Nationals Against Against
Stephen Parry TAS Liberals Against Against
Marise Payne NSW Liberals Against Against
Helen Polley TAS ALP Against Against
Louise Pratt WA ALP For For
Lee Rhiannon NSW Greens For For
Michael Ronaldson VIC Liberals Against Against
Anne Ruston SA Liberals Absent Against
Scott Ryan VIC Liberals Against Against
Nigel Scullion NT CLiberals Against Against
Rachel Siewert WA Greens For For
Lisa Singh TAS ALP Absent Absent
Arthur Sinodinos NSW Liberals Against Against
Dean Smith WA Liberals Against Against
Ursula Stephens NSW ALP Against Against
Glenn Sterle WA ALP Against
Matt Thisethwaite# NSW ALP For For
Lin Thorp TAS ALP For For
Anne Urquhart TAS ALP For For
Larissa Waters QLD Greens For For
Peter Whish-Wilson TAS Greens For For
John Williams NSW Nationals Against Against
Penny Wong SA ALP For For
Penny Wright SA Greens For For
Nick Xenophon SA Independent For For

* Known to otherwise support same-sex marriage.
# Retired as Senator; candidate for lower house electorate.
(ret) Retiring at this election.


EMILY's List

EMILY's List is a political network formed to increase the number of women Labor parliamentarians who are willing to support key feminist issues, including abortion. It provides financial, political and personal support to Labor women candidates who agree to support the values of EMILY's List. It is the only network of its kind in Australian politics.

EMILY's List members and candidates must support the principles of equity, diversity, pro-choice, and the provision of equal pay and childcare, both in the community and in Parliament. Many of these are significant issues but it is concerning that membership of such a network dictates a parliamentarian’s vote. For example, EMILY's List members consistently support pro-abortion policies, reflecting both their personal beliefs and their membership of the List. Without exception, every ALP parliamentarian named on EMILY's List voted to support the abortion drug RU486 and to permit the cloning of human embryos for destructive research.

Not all female Labor MPs or Senators are EMILY's List members. Some prominent ALP members such as NSW Senator Ursula Stephens, Tasmanian Senator Helen Polley and Victorian Senator Jacinta Collins support pro-life policies. However, if you want to support candidates who recognise the value of human life from its earliest stages then you need to know if your current representative or local candidate is a member of EMILY's List because List membership will determine her vote on these issues. Click here to find out.


Parliamentary Group on Population and Development

The Parliamentary Group on Population and Development (PGPD) is a cross-party collective in the Federal Parliament (and in the State and Territory Parliaments) that "supports the empowerment of women and girls through our commitment to gender equality". It believes that "equality goes hand-in-hand with investments in sexual and reproductive health, education and economic opportunity". In "reproductive health", the group includes pregnancy termination services for women.

In 2008 the Senate Finance and Public Administration Standing Committee conducted an Inquiry into item 16525 in Part 3 of Schedule 1 to the Health Insurance (General Medical Services Table) Regulations 2007. The inquiry was essentially about whether the Federal Government should continue to pay for second trimester and late term abortions through Medicare. The PGPD wrote a submission to the inquiry which justified continued Medicare funding of late term abortion on the grounds that more children with disabilities would be born, placing greater stresses on the disability services budget. (See bottom of page 10 of the submission).

Fortunately, seven MPs disowned the PGPD submission lodged in their name. These MPs included Dr Brendan Nelson, Senator Allan Eggleston (who later resigned from the PGPD), Julie Bishop and Philip Ruddock. Three other MPs also wrote to ACL to distance themselves from the view of the PGPD that removing public funding of late term abortions would unreasonably strain the disability services budget. There are currently 45 members of the PGPD in the Federal Parliament. A full list of members can be found here.