How Bruce Scott voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase the limit on the total amount of Commonwealth stock and securities that may be on issue at any time (known as the 'debt limit') or remove the limit altogether

Division Bruce Scott Supporters vote

9th Dec 2013, 5:07 PM – Representatives Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Amendment Bill 2013 - Consideration of Senate Message - Make requested amendments

Yes Yes

14th Nov 2013, 4:11 PM – Representatives Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Amendment Bill 2013 - Consideration of Senate Message - Debt ceiling of $400 billion

absent Yes

13th Nov 2013, 8:00 PM – Representatives Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Amendment Bill 2013 - Consideration in Detail - Debt ceiling of $400 billion

absent No

4th Feb 2009, 5:24 AM – Representatives Commonwealth Inscribed Stock Amendment Bill 2009 - Second Reading - Read a second time

absent Yes

How "generally 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 0 0 0
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* 3 3 6
Total: 13 16

*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 = 13 / 16 = 81%.

And then