How George Brandis voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase the protection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage sites

Division George Brandis Supporters vote

14th Feb 2018, 4:22 PM – Senate Motions - Tasmania: Environment - Tarkine

absent Yes

12th Sep 2017, 4:08 PM – Senate Motions - Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area - Protect cultural heritage values

absent Yes

3rd May 2016, 3:57 PM – Senate Motions - Budget - Radioactive Waste

absent Yes

19th Mar 2013, 3:50 PM – Senate Motions - Quinkan Rock Art Galleries - Protect from mining activities

absent Yes

16th Aug 2006, 3:57 PM – Senate Motions - Burrup Peninsula Rock Art - Protect rock art

No Yes

28th Mar 2006, 5:26 PM – Senate Motions — Tarkine Aboriginal Rock Art — Prevent vandalism

No Yes

28th Mar 2006, 4:06 PM – Senate Motions - Tarkine Aboriginal Rock Art - Prevent vandalism

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 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 3 0 30
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 4 4 8
Total: 4 38

*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 = 4 / 38 = 11%.

And then