How Helen Coonan voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should support the exportation of uranium from Australia

Division Helen Coonan Supporters vote

12th Nov 2008, 3:51 PM – Senate Motions — Uranium Exports — Take into account public opinion and the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties report

No No

15th Aug 2007, 3:59 PM – Senate Motions - Nuclear Non—Proliferation - Do not sell to non-NPT parties

absent No

13th Aug 2007, 3:54 PM – Senate Motions - Nuclear Nonproliferation - Block moves to exempt India from NSG rules

No No

8th Aug 2007, 3:45 PM – Senate Motions — India and the Nuclear Non—Proliferation Treaty — Encourage to sign

absent No

18th Jun 2007, 3:46 PM – Senate Motions - Uranium Exports - No export to Russia

absent No

27th Feb 2007, 4:04 PM – Senate Motions - Nuclear Proliferation - Block US-India deal at NSG meeting and rule out supply of uranium to India

absent No

27th Feb 2007, 3:43 PM – Senate Motions — Nuclear Weapons — No exporting to non—NPT parties, support support non—proliferation

absent No

10th Oct 2006, 3:42 PM – Senate Motions — Nuclear Nonproliferation — Against Australia becoming a nuclear fuel supply centre and against sale of uranium to India

absent No

14th Sep 2006, 9:59 AM – Senate Motions — Nuclear Tests at Maralinga — For non—proliferation and against export to non—Treaty states

No No

10th May 2006, 3:56 PM – Senate Motions - Uranium Exports - Oppose export to China

absent No

28th Mar 2006, 3:58 PM – Senate Motions - Uranium Exports - No export to India

absent No

28th Feb 2006, 3:46 PM – Senate Motions - Nuclear Non—Proliferation Treaty - Against uranium export to non-Treaty states

absent No

How "generally 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 3 30 30
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 9 9 18
Total: 39 48

*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 = 39 / 48 = 81%.

And then