How Rod Sawford voted compared to someone who agrees that the federal government should increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land rights by, for example, increasing their legal recognition and protection

Most important divisions relevant to this policy

These are the most important divisions related to the policy “for increasing Aboriginal land rights” which Rod Sawford could have attended. They are weighted much more strongly than other divisions when calculating the position of Rod Sawford on this policy.

Division Rod Sawford Supporters vote
no votes listed

Other divisions relevant to this policy

These are less important divisions which are related to the policy “for increasing Aboriginal land rights” which Rod Sawford could have attended.

Division Rod Sawford Supporters vote

17th Aug 2006, 1:52 PM – Representatives Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Bill 2006 - Consideration of Senate Message - Intertidal claims

Yes Yes

19th Jun 2006, 8:50 PM – Representatives Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Bill 2006 - Second Reading - Read a second time

No No

19th Jun 2006, 8:39 PM – Representatives Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Bill 2006 - Second Reading - Keep the words unchanged

No Yes

How "voted generally 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 0
MP voted against policy 0% 25 0
MP absent 50% 25 0
Less important votes MP voted with policy 100% 5 2
MP voted against policy 0% 5 1
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) = 10.0 / 15 = 67%.

And then this average agreement score