How Tony Sheldon voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase their support of Australia's dairy industry by, for example, regulating increased milk prices

Division Tony Sheldon Supporters vote

3rd Dec 2019, 4:28 PM – Senate Documents - Dairy Industry - Order for the Production of Documents

Yes Yes

11th Nov 2019, 1:40 PM – Senate Protecting Australian Dairy Bill 2019 - Second Reading - Agree with the bill's main idea

absent Yes (strong)

17th Oct 2019, 12:12 PM – Senate Committees - Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee - Reference

Yes Yes

15th Oct 2019, 7:24 PM – Senate Matters of Urgency - Dairy Industry - Fair price

Yes Yes

15th Oct 2019, 5:50 PM – Senate Motions - Dairy Industry - Support

Yes Yes

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 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* 0 0 0
Total: 65 90

*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 = 65 / 90 = 72%.

And then