However, the National Party voted against the motion - despite making an identical election promise last year.
Senator Wright said enthusiasm about the cross-party support for action on rural suicide, including a national awareness campaign, was tempered by the Nationals' surprising policy reversal.
"The Nationals are not just walking away from an election promise, they are walking away from a crisis in the communities they claim to represent," Senator Wright said.
"The Nationals promised they would implement the findings of the Hidden Toll<http://www.aph.gov.au/
"The Labor party and every one of the minor party Senators supported the Australian Greens motion, so this was a real opportunity for unity and action."
Men in rural areas make up a disproportionately high number of suicides and suicide attempts.
"It's just so much harder to get help in rural and regional areas - it's time we turned the tide," Senator Wright added.
"We hope the National and Liberal Parties will have a principled change of heart soon."
Full text of the motion moved by Senator Wright is available here<http://penny-wright.
27 August 2014