How Joanna Gash voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should put a tax on profits earned from mining mineral resources such as coal and iron ore

Division Joanna Gash Supporters vote

22nd Nov 2011 – Representatives Minerals Resource Rent Tax Bill 2011 - Third Reading - Pass the bill

No Yes (strong)

22nd Nov 2011 – Representatives Minerals Resource Rent Tax Bill 2011 - Consideration in Detail - Agree to the bill

No Yes (strong)

22nd Nov 2011 – Representatives Minerals Resource Rent Tax Bill 2011 - Consideration in Detail - Magnetite exclusion

Yes No

22nd Nov 2011 – Representatives Minerals Resource Rent Tax Bill 2011 - Consideration in Detail - Industry pays when mature miner pays

Yes No

22nd Nov 2011 – Representatives Minerals Resource Rent Tax Bill 2011 - Second Reading - Read a second time

No Yes (strong)

3rd Nov 2011 – Representatives Minerals Resource Rent Tax Bill 2011 and related bills - Second Reading - Adjourn debate

Yes No

How "consistently against" 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 3 0 150
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 3 0 30
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 0 180

*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 = 0 / 180 = 0.0%.

And then