How Janelle Saffin voted compared to someone who believes that Members of Parliament (MPs) and Senators should vote to speed things along by supporting motions to 'put the question' (known as 'closure' or 'gag' motions), which require Parliament to immediately vote on a question rather than debating it any further

Division Janelle Saffin Supporters vote

27th Jun 2013, 12:50 PM – Representatives Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Visas) Bill 2013 - Consideration in Detail - Put the question

Yes Yes (strong)

27th Jun 2012, 6:42 PM – Representatives Migration Legislation Amendment (The Bali Process) Bill 2012 - Consideration in Detail - Put the question

Yes Yes (strong)

11th Feb 2010, 11:03 AM – Representatives Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2010 and related bills - Second Reading - Put the question

Yes Yes (strong)

29th Oct 2009, 1:47 PM – Representatives Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 [No. 2] - Second Reading - Put the question

No Yes (strong)

22nd Oct 2009, 1:40 PM – Representatives Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer Safeguards) Bill 2009 — Second Reading — Put the question

Yes Yes (strong)

4th Jun 2009, 11:32 AM – Representatives Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 - Consideration in Detail - Put the question

Yes Yes (strong)

23rd Sep 2008, 6:05 PM – Representatives Motions - Urgent Relief for Single Age Pensioners Bill 2008 - Consideration of Senate Message

Yes Yes (strong)

29th May 2008, 1:30 PM – Representatives Tax Laws Amendment (Medicare Levy Surcharge Thresholds) Bill 2008 - Second Reading - Put the question

Yes Yes (strong)

How "almost always 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 7 350 350
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 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 350 400

*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 = 350 / 400 = 88%.

And then