How Teresa Gambaro voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should expand Medicare-funded dental care

Division Teresa Gambaro Supporters vote Division outcome

19th Sep 2007, 9:17 AM – Representatives Health Insurance Amendment (Medicare Dental Services) Bill 2007 - Second Reading - Read a second time

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to read the bill for a second time.(Read more about the stages that a bill must pass through here. ) This means that the House can now consider the bill in more detail.

Background to the bill

The bill amends Health Insurance Act 1973 to enable eligible patients to access up to $4,250 in dental benefits over two consecutive calendar years and introduce new dental items on the Medicare Benefits Schedule.(Read more about the bill in the bills digest (96.1 KB).)

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How "voted very strongly for" is worked out

The MP's votes count towards a weighted average where the most important votes get 50 points, less important votes get 10 points, and less important votes for which the MP was absent get 2 points. In important votes the MP gets awarded the full 50 points for voting the same as the policy, 0 points for voting against the policy, and 25 points for not voting. In less important votes, the MP gets 10 points for voting with the policy, 0 points for voting against, and 1 (out of 2) if absent.

Then, the number gets converted to a simple english language phrase based on the range of values it's within.

No of votes Points Out of
Most important votes (50 points)      
MP voted with policy 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 1 10 10
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 10 10

*Pressure of other work means MPs or Senators are not always available to vote – it does not always indicate they have abstained. Therefore, being absent on a less important vote makes a disproportionatly small difference.

Agreement score = MP's points / total points = 10 / 10 = 100%.

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