How Darren Chester voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should fund and maintain the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, or ARENA, as an independent body that manages the government's renewable energy programs

Division Darren Chester Supporters vote

14th Sep 2016, 11:17 AM – Representatives Budget Savings (Omnibus) Bill 2016 - Consideration in Detail - Maintain Australian Renewable Energy Agency funding

No Yes (strong)

1st Sep 2014, 8:05 PM – Representatives Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Repeal) Bill 2014 — Second Reading — Criticise abolition of ARENA

absent Yes

1st Sep 2014 – Representatives Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Repeal) Bill 2014 - Second Reading - Read a second time

absent No (strong)

14th Jul 2014, 5:52 PM – Representatives Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2014 — Consideration in Detail — Restore funding to ARENA

No Yes (strong)

How "generally 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 2 0 100
MP absent 1 25 50
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* 1 1 2
Total: 26 152

*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 = 26 / 152 = 17%.

And then