How Sandy Macdonald voted compared to someone who believes that the Federal Government should respond to reports about high levels of child sexual abuse in some Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory by introducing the Northern Territory National Emergency Response or the very similar Stronger Futures Policy, also referred to as "the intervention"

Division Sandy Macdonald Supporters vote

16th Aug 2007, 10:50 PM – Senate Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Payment Reform) Bill 2007 - In Committee - Keep clauses 4 to 7 unchanged

absent Yes

16th Aug 2007, 9:28 PM – Senate Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Northern Territory National Emergency Response and Other Measures) Bill 2007 - In Committee - Access to Aboriginal land

Yes Yes

16th Aug 2007, 5:45 PM – Senate Northern Territory National Emergency Response Bill 2007 - In Committee - Keep part 8 unchanged

Yes Yes

16th Aug 2007, 1:40 PM – Senate Northern Territory National Emergency Response Bill 2007 - In Committee - Publicly funded computers, acquisition of rights/titles/etc, business management, bail & sentencing

Yes Yes

16th Aug 2007, 12:25 PM – Senate Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Payment Reform) Bill 2007 and related bills - Third Reading - Read a third time

Yes Yes (strong)

16th Aug 2007, 10:49 AM – Senate Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Payment Reform) Bill 2007 - In Committee - Leave schedules unchanged

absent Yes

15th Aug 2007, 12:22 PM – Senate Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Payment Reform) Bill 2007 and related bills - In Committee - Acquisition of rights, titles and interests in land

absent Yes

14th Aug 2007, 6:15 PM – Senate Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Payment Reform) Bill 2007 - Second Reading - Read a second time

absent Yes (strong)

14th Aug 2007, 6:10 PM – Senate Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Payment Reform) Bill 2007 and related bills - Second Reading - Delay passage of bill

No 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 1 50 50
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
MP absent 1 25 50
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 4 40 40
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 3 3 6
Total: 118 146

*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 = 118 / 146 = 81%.

And then