How George Brandis voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should restrict foreign ownership within Australia, particularly where foreign ownership would be against the national interest

Division George Brandis Supporters vote

4th May 2016, 4:06 PM – Senate Motions - Sugar Industry - Act on Committee recommendations

absent Yes

24th Nov 2014, 5:06 PM – Senate Motions - Foreign Investment - Limit foreign investment

absent Yes

17th Jul 2014, 12:34 PM – Senate Qantas Sale Amendment Bill 2014 - Third Reading - Pass the bill

absent No

17th Jul 2014, 11:38 AM – Senate Qantas Sale Amendment Bill 2014 - Second Reading - Agree the main idea of the bill

absent No

14th Nov 2013, 11:28 AM – Senate Motions - Agriculture - Foreign ownership

absent Yes

13th Nov 2013, 4:01 PM – Senate Motions - Wheat Exports - Reject takeover of GrainCorp by Archer Daniels Midland

absent Yes

11th Sep 2012, 4:09 PM – Senate Documents - Cubbie Station - Foreign investment

absent Yes

11th Sep 2012, 3:45 PM – Senate Motions - Cubbie Station - Foreign investment

Yes Yes

2nd Feb 2010, 6:08 PM – Senate Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Amendment Bill 2009 - Second Reading - Add an amendment

No Yes

11th Oct 2006, 6:13 PM – Senate Broadcasting Services Amendment (Media Ownership) Bill 2006 and three related bill - Second Reading - Agree with the main idea of the bills

Yes No

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* 7 7 14
Total: 17 44

*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 = 17 / 44 = 39%.

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