How Andrew Robb voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should privatise government owned assets

Division Andrew Robb Supporters vote Division outcome

24th Mar 2014, 6:35 PM – Representatives Land Transport Infrastructure Amendment Bill 2014 — Consideration in Detail — Agree to the bill

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The majority voted in favour of a motion that the bill be agreed to, which ends the consideration and detail stage.(Read more about the stages that a bill must pass through to become law here. ) That the House of Representatives can now decide on whether to read the bill a third time and therefore pass it in the House.

Background to the bill

In the 2013 election campaign, the Coalition said that it would be an infrastructure-focused government and committed to finding ways to encourage the private sector to become more involved in infrastructure financing. This bill reflects that commitment by amending the Nation Building Program (National Land Transport) Act 2009 ('the Act') to allow partnerships and non-corporate Commonwealth entities, such as public private partnerships, to be funded. The bill also renames the Act to the National Land Transport Act 2014 and continues the Roads to Recovery Programme after 30 June 2014, when it is currently scheduled to end.(Read more about the bill in the bills digest.)

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

2nd Nov 2006, 1:44 PM – Representatives Medibank Private Sale Bill 2006 - Third Reading - Read a third time

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The majority voted in favour of a motion that the remaining stages of the bill be agreed to and the bill be read for a third time.(Read more about the stages that a bill must pass through here. ) This means that the majority agree with the bill and that it will now be sent to the Senate for their consideration.

Background to the bill

The bill was introduced to allow the federal government to sell its interest in Medibank Private Limited and allow Medibank to operate on a “for profit” basis. The Coalition Government plans to do this after the 2007 election, should it be re-elected.(Read more about this privatisation proposal on Wikipedia here and on the ABC's World Today program here.)

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

2nd Nov 2006, 1:37 PM – Representatives Medibank Private Sale Bill 2006 - 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 majority agree with the main idea of the bill and can now discuss it in more detail.

Background to the bill

The bill was introduced to allow the federal government to sell its interest in Medibank Private Limited and allow Medibank to operate on a “for profit” basis. The Coalition Government plans to do this after the 2007 election, should it be re-elected.(Read more about this privatisation proposal on Wikipedia here and on the ABC's World Today program here.)

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a small majority

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 2 100 100
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: 110 110

*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 = 110 / 110 = 100%.

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