How Brian Burston voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should create a national integrity commission similar to the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) to detect, investigate and prevent corruption across all Commonwealth departments and agencies

Division Brian Burston Supporters vote Division outcome

15th Aug 2017, 4:01 PM – Senate Motions - Federal Anti-Corruption Commission - Create immediately

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The majority voted against a motion "That the Senate supports the immediate creation of a Federal Independent Commission Against Corruption (Federal ICAC)", which means the motion failed. It was introduced by Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

8th Feb 2017, 4:15 PM – Senate Motions - Federal Anti-Corruption Commission - Establish

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The majority voted against a motion to establish an independent federal anti-corruption commission, which means it was unsuccessful.

The motion was introduced by Australian Greens Party Senator Richard Di Natale.

Motion text

That the Senate supports the establishment of an independent federal anti-corruption commission to oversee federal members of parliament and the public service.

No Yes (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

How "voted moderately 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 2 0 100
MP absent 1 25 50
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* 1 1 2
Total: 26 152

*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 = 26 / 152 = 17%.

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