How Bruce Scott voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should introduce an emissions reduction fund so it can buy domestic greenhouse gas emissions reductions and offsets by reverse auction. This is a key part of the Coalition Government's Direct Action policy.

Division Bruce Scott Supporters vote

25th Jun 2014, 6:54 PM – Representatives Carbon Farming Initiative Amendment Bill 2014 - Third Reading - Pass the bill

Yes Yes (strong)

25th Jun 2014, 6:48 PM – Representatives Carbon Farming Initiative Amendment Bill 2014 — Second Reading — Read a second time

Yes Yes (strong)

25th Jun 2014, 6:45 PM – Representatives Carbon Farming Initiative Amendment Bill 2014 - Second Reading - Criticise the Government's climate change policies

No No

How "consistently 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%.

And then