How David Smith voted compared to someone who believes that landholders, particularly farmers, should be able to say no to mining and gas exploration on their land (in other words, they should be able to lock the gate)

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3rd Dec 2018, 4:18 PM – Senate Motions - Farmers' and Landholders' Rights - Right to refuse

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senators Sarah Hanson-Young and Larissa Waters, which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the South Australian Marshall Government has, this week, been debating the impacts of mining in South Australia,

(ii) farming communities are opposed to progress of the Mining Act, citing inadequate consultation and seeking the right to protect their land, and

(iii) the Landholders' Right to Refuse (Gas and Coal) Bill 2015 is currently on the Senate Notice Paper; and

(b) calls on the South Australian Government to support farmers and landholders' right to refuse unconventional gas and underground coal gasification.

No Yes Not passed by a modest majority

How "voted very strongly 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 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 1 0 10
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 0 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 = 0 / 10 = 0.0%.

And then