How Tony Sheldon voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should support offshore petroleum mining by, for example, granting exploration and drilling licences

Division Tony Sheldon Supporters vote

7th Dec 2020, 4:12 PM – Senate Motions - Energy - Oil and gas drilling

Yes No

27th Aug 2020, 12:35 PM – Senate Motions - Oil Exploration - Ban offshore oil and gas exploration

absent Yes

17th Jun 2020, 4:00 PM – Senate Motions - Oil Exploration - Protect Ningaloo Reef, Shark Bay, and the Exmouth Gulf

absent No

26th Feb 2020, 4:06 PM – Senate Motions - Oil Exploration - Great Australian Bight as world heritage

No No

10th Feb 2020, 7:43 PM – Senate Motions - Oil Exploration - Cancel permit

No No

6th Feb 2020, 12:32 PM – Senate Motions - Oil Exploration - Great Australian Bight

No No

2nd Dec 2019, 4:05 PM – Senate Motions - Great Australian Bight - Protect from oil exploration

absent No

13th Nov 2019, 4:53 PM – Senate Motions - Great Australian Bight - Foreign company

No No

16th Oct 2019, 4:40 PM – Senate Motions - Climate Change, Petroleum Industry - No new coal, oil or gas projects

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 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 5 50 50
MP voted against policy 1 0 10
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 3 3 6
Total: 53 66

*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 = 53 / 66 = 80%.

And then