How Brett Mason voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should introduce legislation that increases the powers and influence of trade unions in workplace relations

Division Brett Mason Supporters vote

4th Sep 2014, 12:28 PM – Senate Motions - Australian Workforce - Insecure work

absent Yes

28th Jun 2013, 3:08 PM – Senate Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Visas) Bill 2013 - Third Reading - Read a third time

No Yes

28th Jun 2013, 3:04 PM – Senate Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Visas) Bill 2013 - Second Reading - Read a second time

No Yes

27th Jun 2013, 10:12 PM – Senate Fair Work Amendment Bill 2013 - Second Reading - Right of entry

No Yes

27th Jun 2013, 10:08 PM – Senate Fair Work Amendment Bill 2013 - Second Reading - Workplace Bullying

Yes No

24th Jun 2013, 10:55 PM – Senate Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Service Providers and Other Governance Measures) Bill 2013 - Second Reading - Independent directors

Yes No

12th Sep 2012 – Senate Motions - Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union - CFMEU Blockade

Yes No

21st Mar 2012, 12:04 PM – Senate Fair Work Amendment (Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industry) Bill 2011 [2012] - Second Reading - Read a second time

No Yes

20th Mar 2012, 6:15 PM – Senate Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (Transition to Fair Work) Bill 2012 - Agree to and pass the bill

No Yes

20th Mar 2012, 6:03 PM – Senate Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (Transition to Fair Work) Bill 2012 - Second Reading - Read a second time

No Yes

13th Oct 2011 – Senate Motions - Australian Building and Construction Commission - Support the Commission

Yes No

21st Jun 2011 – Senate Governance of Australian Government Superannuation Schemes Bill 2011 - In Committee - Quorum requirement

Yes No

20th Jun 2011 – Senate Governance of Australian Government Superannuation Schemes Bill 2011 - In Committee - ACTU nomination of board members

Yes No

How "consistently 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 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 12 0 120
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 1 1 2
Total: 1 122

*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 = 1 / 122 = 0.82%.

And then