How Sam McMahon voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should put a ban on new thermal coal mines opening in Australia

Division Sam McMahon Supporters vote

24th Nov 2021, 6:12 PM – Senate Matters of Urgency - Climate Change - Statement on Glasgow Climate Pact

No Yes

23rd Jun 2021, 4:39 PM – Senate Documents - Queensland: Coal Mining - Acland mine extension

Yes No

18th Mar 2021, 4:59 PM – Senate Motions - New South Wales: Coal Industry - Acknowledge importance

Yes No

2nd Feb 2021, 4:10 PM – Senate Motions - Coal-Fired Power Stations - Build in the Hunter

No No

11th Feb 2020, 4:07 PM – Senate Motions - Energy - Coal-fired power project

Yes No

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

No Yes

11th Nov 2019, 4:05 PM – Senate Motions - Wallarah 2 Coal Project - Cancel approval

No Yes

17th Oct 2019, 12:48 PM – Senate Motions - Thermal Coal - Ban new mines

No Yes

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

No Yes

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

No Yes

How "almost always 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 9 0 90
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 10 100

*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 = 10 / 100 = 10%.

And then