How Sam McMahon voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should decrease funding for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS)

Division Sam McMahon Supporters vote

23rd Feb 2021, 7:03 PM – Senate Treasury Laws Amendment (News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code) Bill 2021 - Second Reading - ABC funding

No No

2nd Sep 2020, 3:46 PM – Senate Motions - Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Guarantee funding

No No

11th Jun 2020, 4:42 PM – Senate Motions - Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Restore funding

No No

11th Jun 2020, 4:01 PM – Senate Motions - Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Properly fund

absent No

31st Jul 2019, 4:13 PM – Senate Motions - Media - Funding for public broadcasters

No No

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 4 40 40
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 1 1 2
Total: 41 42

*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 = 41 / 42 = 98%.

And then