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11    Education— Student Services and Amenities Fee

Senator Bernardi, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 514—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       over one million Australian tertiary students are forced to pay up to $294 per year as a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF),

                                    (ii)       students at the moment have very little say in how the SSAF monies are spent by their universities and student associations, and

                                  (iii)       SSAF is levied regardless of students’ need, willingness and ability to access the services and activities they are paying for; and

               (b)       calls on the Government to amend the Higher Education Support Act 2003 so that the SSAF can only be levied with the support of the majority of students at each university campus in a mandatory ballot conducted once an academic year.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

The question was divided at the request of Senator McGrath—

Question—That paragraph (a) be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 28

Senators—

Abetz

Duniam

Lambie

Paterson

Bernardi

Fawcett

Leyonhjelm

Payne

Birmingham

Fifield

McGrath

Reynolds

Brockman

Georgiou

McKenzie

Roberts

Burston

Gichuhi

Nash

Ruston

Bushby*

Hanson

O’Sullivan

Ryan

Cash

Hume

Parry

Scullion

 

 

NOES, 30

Senators—

Brown

Gallacher

McCarthy

Rice

Cameron

Gallagher

McKim

Siewert

Carr

Griff

Moore

Singh

Collins

Hanson-Young

O’Neill

Sterle

Dastyari

Hinch

Polley

Urquhart*

Di Natale

Kakoschke-Moore

Pratt

Whish-Wilson

Dodson

Kitching

Rhiannon

Xenophon

Farrell

McAllister

 

* Tellers

Question negatived.

Question—That paragraph (b) be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 7

Senators—

Bernardi*

Georgiou

Lambie

Roberts

Burston

Hanson

Leyonhjelm

 

 

 

NOES, 47

Senators—

Abetz

Farrell

McAllister

Reynolds

Birmingham

Fawcett

McCarthy

Rhiannon

Brockman

Fifield

McGrath

Rice

Brown

Gallacher

McKenzie

Ruston

Bushby

Gallagher

McKim

Scullion

Cameron

Gichuhi

Moore

Siewert

Carr

Griff

O’Neill

Singh

Collins

Hanson-Young

O’Sullivan

Sterle

Dastyari

Hinch

Parry

Urquhart*

Di Natale

Hume

Paterson

Whish-Wilson

Dodson

Kakoschke-Moore

Payne

Xenophon

Duniam

Kitching

Polley

 

* Tellers

Question negatived.