How David Smith voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should allocate 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) to foreign aid in line with the United Nations' target

Division David Smith Supporters vote Division outcome

26th Nov 2018, 4:33 PM – Senate Motions - International Development Assistance - Increase aid budget

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Richard Di Natale (Vic), which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) affirms that the best way to support our Pacific neighbours is through genuine aid and development funding and meaningful action on climate change;

(b) notes with deep concern that our aid budget is at the lowest levels it has ever been as a proportion of Gross National Income (GNI);

(c) is further concerned that both the Liberal and Labor parties have joined the debt-trap diplomacy bandwagon, and that Overseas Development Assistance loans often do not support good development outcomes and are at odds with Australia's aid policy; and

(d) as Prime Minister Morrison prepares to attend the APEC Leaders' Summit in Port Moresby on 17 November and 18 November 2018, calls on the Government to unequivocally support Australia's grant-based aid program and commit to reaching an aid budget of 0.7% of GNI by 2030, as per our international commitments.

No Yes (strong) 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 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: 0 50

*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 / 50 = 0.0%.

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