How Sam McMahon voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should support the Adani Group's plans to build the Carmichael mine in Queensland's Galilee Basin

Division Sam McMahon Supporters vote

16th Jun 2020, 4:50 PM – Senate Motions - Mining - Transition to renewables

absent No

10th Feb 2020, 7:37 PM – Senate Motions - Mining - Revoke Adani environmental approvals

No No

3rd Dec 2019, 4:00 PM – Senate Motions - Great Barrier Reef - Climate change

No No

2nd Dec 2019, 4:17 PM – Senate Motions - Mining - Withdraw support for Adani

No No

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

No No

30th Jul 2019, 3:48 PM – Senate Motions - Mining - Carmichael Mine

Yes Yes

24th Jul 2019, 3:47 PM – Senate Motions - Great Barrier Reef - Protect from climate change

No No

4th Jul 2019, 12:57 PM – Senate Motions - Mining - Support Carmichael Mine project

Yes Yes

How "consistently 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 7 70 70
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 1 1 2
Total: 71 72

*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 = 71 / 72 = 99%.

And then