How Sharman Stone voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should deregulate Australia's wheat export market so that bulk wheat export is no longer done through a single exporter (which is known as a 'single desk' policy)

Division Sharman Stone Supporters vote

31st Oct 2012, 6:25 PM – Representatives Wheat Export Marketing Amendment Bill 2012 - Second Reading - Read a second time

No Yes (strong)

31st Oct 2012, 6:15 PM – Representatives Wheat Export Marketing Amendment Bill 2012 - Second Reading - Decline to read a second time

Yes No

4th Jun 2008, 10:45 AM – Representatives Wheat Export Marketing Bill 2008 - Third Reading - Read a third time

Yes Yes (strong)

4th Jun 2008, 10:27 AM – Representatives Wheat Export Marketing Bill 2008 - Second Reading - Read a second time

Yes Yes (strong)

7th Dec 2006, 7:58 PM – Representatives Wheat Marketing Amendment Bill 2006 - Consideration in Detail - Independent review

No Yes

How "a mixture of for and 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 2 100 100
MP voted against policy 1 0 50
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 2 0 20
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 100 170

*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 = 100 / 170 = 59%.

And then