How Sandy Macdonald voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase investment in renewable energy technologies

Division Sandy Macdonald Supporters vote

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

No 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

No Yes

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

No Yes

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

absent 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

No Yes

How "consistently 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 0 0 0
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 5 0 50
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 2 2 4
Total: 2 54

*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 = 2 / 54 = 3.7%.

And then