How Tony Sheldon voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should protect Australia's logging industry and the jobs it represents

Division Tony Sheldon Supporters vote

12th May 2021, 4:30 PM – Senate Motions - Forestry Industry, Beef Industry - Condemn green groups

Yes Yes

15th Feb 2021, 5:28 PM – Senate Motions - Forestry - Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement

absent Yes

10th Dec 2020, 7:10 PM – Senate Regulations and Determinations - Industry Research and Development (Forestry Recovery Development Fund Program) Instrument 2020 - Disallow

absent No

1st Sep 2020, 4:26 PM – Senate Motions - Forestry Industry - Condemn Greens

absent Yes

26th Aug 2020, 4:21 PM – Senate Motions - Victoria: Forestry - Protect old-growth and high conservation value forests

absent No

11th Jun 2020, 4:52 PM – Senate Motions - Forestry - Protect native forests

No No

12th Feb 2020, 4:30 PM – Senate Motions - Climate Change - Logging in the Tarkine

No No

How "almost always 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* 4 4 8
Total: 34 38

*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 = 34 / 38 = 89%.

And then