How Joanna Gash voted compared to someone who believes that Members of Parliament (MPs) and Senators should vote to suspend standing and sessional orders (that is, the procedural rules of Parliament) so that their colleagues can introduce motions for Parliament to vote on even when the the procedural rules would prevent them from doing so

Division Joanna Gash Supporters vote

26th Jun 2013, 3:24 PM – Representatives Motions - Labor Party Leadership - End Labor's internal arguments

Yes Yes (strong)

5th Jun 2013, 4:19 PM – Representatives Motions - National Security - Suspend standing and sessional orders

Yes Yes (strong)

5th Jun 2013, 3:53 PM – Representatives Motions - National Security - Suspend standing and sessional orders

Yes Yes (strong)

5th Jun 2013, 3:38 PM – Representatives Motions - National Security - Suspend standing and sessional orders

Yes Yes (strong)

3rd Jun 2013, 3:37 PM – Representatives Motions - National Security - Suspend standing and sessional orders

absent Yes (strong)

15th May 2013, 5:34 PM – Representatives Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Service Providers and Other Governance Measures) Bill 2012 - Consideration in Detail - Recommital on Opposition amendments

No Yes (strong)

28th Jun 2012, 4:04 AM – Representatives Motions - Asylum Seekers - Suspend standing orders

absent Yes (strong)

11th Oct 2011 – Representatives Motions - Carbon Pricing - Suspension of Standing and Sessional Orders

Yes Yes (strong)

11th Oct 2011 – Representatives Motions - Carbon Pricing - Suspension of Standing and Sessional Orders

Yes Yes (strong)

7th Jul 2011 – Representatives Motions - Gillard Government; Censure - Suspension of Standing and Sessional Orders

Yes Yes (strong)

5th Jul 2011 – Representatives Motions - Carbon Pricing - Suspension of Standing and Sessional Orders

Yes Yes (strong)

21st Jun 2011 – Representatives Motions - Carbon Pricing - Suspension of Standing and Sessional Orders

Yes Yes (strong)

20th Jun 2011 – Representatives Motions - Live Animal Exports - Ensure resumption of trade

Yes Yes (strong)

16th Jun 2011 – Representatives Motions - Live Animal Exports - Inquiry into decision to ban live cattle trade to Indonesia

Yes Yes (strong)

14th Jun 2011 – Representatives Motions - Asylum Seekers - Suspend standing orders

Yes Yes (strong)

2nd Jun 2011 – Representatives Motions - Carbon Pricing - Suspension of Standing and Sessional Orders

Yes Yes (strong)

10th May 2011 – Representatives Motions - Asylum Seekers - Let a vote happen

Yes Yes (strong)

24th Feb 2011, 3:00 PM – Representatives Motions - Prime Minister - Suspension of Standing and Sessional Orders

Yes Yes (strong)

22nd Feb 2011, 4:09 PM – Representatives Banking — Suspension of Standing and Sessional Orders

Yes Yes (strong)

27th Oct 2010, 9:31 AM – Representatives Private Members’ Business - Asylum Seekers - Suspend standing and sessional orders

Yes Yes (strong)

3rd Jun 2010, 2:33 PM – Representatives Motions - Australian Mining Industry — Suspension of Standing Orders (re: Impact on jobs)

Yes Yes (strong)

23rd Sep 2008, 3:24 PM – Representatives Motions - Urgent Relief for Single Age Pensioners Legislation - Suspension of Standing and Sessional Orders

absent Yes (strong)

19th Mar 2008, 9:19 AM – Representatives Motions - Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Laws Bill 2008 - Suspend standing orders

Yes Yes (strong)

8th Aug 2007, 9:15 AM – Representatives Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Testing) Legislation - Let a vote happen

Yes Yes (strong)

How "almost always 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 20 1000 1000
MP voted against policy 1 0 50
MP absent 3 75 150
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 1075 1200

*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 = 1075 / 1200 = 90%.

And then