How David Smith voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should maintain and strengthen gun control laws and make sure they're the same around Australia

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28th Nov 2018, 4:37 PM – Senate Motions - National Firearms Agreement - Resist moves to weaken

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi (NSW), which means it passed. Motions like these don't make any legal changes on their own but as they represent the will of the Senate, they can be politically influential.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that, according to reports:

(i) there have been more than 50 breaches of the National Firearm Agreement across Australian states and territories since it was implemented in 1996,

(ii) corporate members of the gun lobby group, the Shooting Industry Foundation of Australia (SIFA), include suppliers and manufacturers of weapons, such as Nioa, Raytrade, Outdoor Sporting Agencies, Winchester and Baretta, who stand to benefit from relaxed gun laws, and

(iii) SIFA is becoming increasingly active in election campaigns with a clear strategy to weaken gun laws – the gun lobby group contributed $220,000 to a political campaign in Queensland last year, and is contributing at least $165,000 to a political campaign in Victoria this year; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to:

(i) show leadership so that the National Firearm Agreement is complied with in all Australian states and territories, and

(ii) resist moves to weaken Australia's gun control laws.

Yes Yes Passed by a small majority

How "voted very strongly 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* 0 0 0
Total: 10 10

*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 = 10 / 10 = 100%.

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