How Garth Hamilton voted compared to someone who agrees that the federal government should extend the Cashless Debit Card (or Indue) program on an ongoing basis, meaning that they should continue to put a large proportion of a person's welfare payment onto a debit card that cannot be used for alcohol or gambling and cannot be used to make cash withdrawals (see the policy "For putting welfare payments onto cashless debit cards (or indue cards) on a temporary basis as a trial" for votes on the program's trial period)

Most important divisions relevant to this policy

These are the most important divisions related to the policy “for putting welfare payments onto cashless debit cards (or indue cards) on an ongoing basis” which Garth Hamilton could have attended. They are weighted much more strongly than other divisions when calculating the position of Garth Hamilton on this policy.

Division Garth Hamilton Supporters vote

7th Dec 2020, 4:20 PM – Representatives Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Continuation of Cashless Welfare) Bill 2020 - Third Reading - Pass the bill

Yes Yes

7th Dec 2020, 3:39 PM – Representatives Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Continuation of Cashless Welfare) Bill 2020 - Second Reading - Agree with bill's main idea

Yes Yes

Other divisions relevant to this policy

These are less important divisions which are related to the policy “for putting welfare payments onto cashless debit cards (or indue cards) on an ongoing basis” which Garth Hamilton could have attended.

Division Garth Hamilton Supporters vote
no votes listed

How "voted consistently for" is worked out

They Vote For You gives each vote a score based on whether the MP voted in agreement with the policy or not. These scores are then averaged with a weighting across all votes that the MP could have voted on relevant to the policy. The overall average score is then converted to a simple english language phrase based on the range of values it's within.

When an MP votes in agreement with a policy the vote is scored as 100%. When they vote against the policy it is scored as 0% and when they are absent it is scored half way between the two at 50%. The half way point effectively says "we don't know whether they are for or against this policy".

The overall agreement score for the policy is worked out by a weighted average of the scores for each vote. The weighting has been chosen so that the most important votes have a weighting 5 times that of the less important votes. Also, absent votes on less important votes are weighted 5 times less again to not penalise MPs for not attending the less important votes. Pressure of other work means MPs or Senators are not always available to vote – it does not always mean they've abstained.

Type of vote Agreement score (s) Weight (w) No of votes (n)
Most important votes MP voted with policy 100% 25 2
MP voted against policy 0% 25 0
MP absent 50% 25 0
Less important votes MP voted with policy 100% 5 0
MP voted against policy 0% 5 0
MP absent 50% 1 0

The final agreement score is a weighted average (weighted arithmetic mean) of the scores of the individual votes.

Average agreement score = sum(n×w×s) / sum(n×w) = 50.0 / 50 = 100%.

And then this average agreement score