How Lee Rhiannon voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should support an inquiry into Australia's involvement in the Iraq War

Division Lee Rhiannon Supporters vote Division outcome

22nd Mar 2018, 12:04 PM – Senate Motions - Iraq War - Inquiry

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The majority voted against clause (e), which means that part of the motion failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

...

(e) calls on all parties to support a long overdue inquiry into Australia's involvement in the Iraq War.

Yes Yes Not passed by a modest majority

14th Feb 2018, 4:01 PM – Senate Motions - Iraq War - Independent inquiry

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The majority voted against a motion, which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that this week marks the fifteen-year anniversary of over 200 000 people marching in each of Melbourne and Sydney, and 600 000 nationwide, to protest Australia's involvement in the Iraq war; and

(b) supports an independent inquiry into:

(i) the decisions that led to Australia invading Iraq, and

(ii) the conduct of the Australian military operations in Iraq.

Yes Yes Not passed by a modest majority

How "voted very strongly 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 2 20 20
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 20 20

*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 = 20 / 20 = 100%.

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