How Ursula Stephens voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government needs to support research and conservation initiatives that aim to put a stop to the current trajectory of animal and plant extinctions in Australia

Division Ursula Stephens Supporters vote

14th Sep 2011 – Senate Motions - National Threatened Species Day - Reverse biodiversity decline

No Yes

8th Sep 2009, 3:44 PM – Senate Motions - National Threatened Species Day - Management plans

No Yes

19th Mar 2009, 9:49 AM – Senate Motions - Protect the Swift Parrot - Deliberate Actions and Recovery Plan

absent Yes

13th Aug 2007, 3:50 PM – Senate Motions - Yangtze River Dolphin - Implement management plans

absent Yes

7th Sep 2006, 10:10 AM – Senate Motions - National Threatened Species Day - Legislation to protect threatened species

Yes Yes

28th Mar 2006, 3:52 PM – Senate Motions - Wedge-Tailed Eagle - Protect habitat

absent Yes

How "generally 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 1 10 10
MP voted against policy 2 0 20
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 3 3 6
Total: 13 36

*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 = 13 / 36 = 36%.

And then