How George Brandis voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should limit the availability of government social security payments

Division George Brandis Supporters vote

21st Jun 2017, 6:23 PM – Senate Documents - Social Security Act - Disability support pension and substance abuse

absent No

22nd Mar 2017, 12:04 AM – Senate Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 - Third Reading - Pass the bill

absent Yes

1st Dec 2016, 4:10 PM – Senate Motions - Disability Support Pension - Support people with disability

absent No

17th Nov 2014, 11:40 AM – Senate Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No. 6) Bill 2014 - Second Reading - Agree with the main idea of the bill

absent Yes

2nd Sep 2014, 2:17 PM – Senate Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill 2014 — Third Reading — Read a third time

Yes Yes

2nd Sep 2014, 1:51 PM – Senate Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill 2014 — Reference to Committee — Adjustments to the changes made by the bill

absent Yes

23rd Jun 2014, 12:46 PM – Senate Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Measures) Bill 2014 - Second Reading - Read a second time

absent Yes (strong)

5th Mar 2014, 12:47 PM – Senate Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 - Third Reading - Read a third time

absent Yes (strong)

How "a mixture of for and 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 2 50 100
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 1 10 10
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 5 5 10
Total: 65 120

*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 = 65 / 120 = 54%.

And then