How Helen Coonan voted compared to someone who agrees that the federal government should increase investment in renewable energy technologies

Most important divisions relevant to this policy

These are the most important divisions related to the policy “for increasing investment in renewable energy” which Helen Coonan could have attended. They are weighted much more strongly than other divisions when calculating the position of Helen Coonan on this policy.

Division Helen Coonan Supporters vote
no votes listed

Other divisions relevant to this policy

These are less important divisions which are related to the policy “for increasing investment in renewable energy” which Helen Coonan could have attended.

Division Helen Coonan Supporters vote

22nd Jun 2010, 4:00 PM – Senate Motions - Transition to Renewable Energy - Undertake a study

absent Yes

10th Sep 2009, 9:46 AM – Senate Motions - Solar Flagship Program - Support program

absent Yes

14th Feb 2008, 10:32 AM – Senate Montions - Solar Energy Technology - Provide incentives

absent Yes

7th Aug 2007, 3:53 PM – Senate Motions - Desalination Plant - Renewable energy

absent Yes

28th Feb 2007, 3:49 PM – Senate Motions - Renewable Energy - Introduce effective policies

absent Yes

7th Feb 2007, 4:00 PM – Senate Motions - Wind Energy - Increase Mandatory Renewable Energy Target

absent Yes

28th Nov 2006, 4:04 PM – Senate Motions - Renewable Energy

No Yes

8th Aug 2006, 4:58 PM – Senate Matters of Urgency - Wind Farms - Bald Hills wind farm

No Yes

9th Feb 2006, 9:40 AM – Senate Motions - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation - Renewable energy

absent Yes

How "voted generally against" 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 0
MP voted against policy 0% 5 2
MP absent 50% 1 7

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) = 3.5 / 17 = 21%.

And then this average agreement score