How Jan McLucas voted compared to someone who believes that Members of Parliament (MPs) and Senators should vote to speed things along by supporting motions to 'put the question' (known as 'closure' or 'gag' motions), which require Parliament to immediately vote on a question rather than debating it any further

Division Jan McLucas Supporters vote

17th Mar 2016, 12:01 PM – Senate Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2013 - Second Reading - Speed things along

No Yes (strong)

2nd Mar 2016, 12:05 PM – Senate Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016 - First Reading - Put the question

No Yes (strong)

2nd Mar 2016, 11:57 AM – Senate Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016 - First Reading - Put the question

No Yes (strong)

2nd Mar 2016, 11:49 AM – Senate Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016 - First Reading - Put the question

No Yes (strong)

2nd Mar 2016, 11:36 AM – Senate Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016 - First Reading - Put the question

No Yes (strong)

2nd Mar 2016, 11:24 AM – Senate Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016 - First Reading - Put the question

No Yes (strong)

2nd Dec 2014, 5:32 PM – Senate Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014 - Second Reading - End debate on bill's main idea

Yes Yes (strong)

30th Sep 2014, 5:21 PM – Senate Committees - Certain Aspects of Queensland Government Administration - End debate on whether to create committee

Yes Yes (strong)

30th Sep 2014, 5:13 PM – Senate Committees - Certain Aspects of Queensland Government Administration - End debate on whether to include Bligh Government in inquiry

Yes Yes (strong)

25th Sep 2014, 1:41 PM – Senate National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014 - in Committee - End debate on whether to limit ASIO's access to devices

No Yes (strong)

23rd Sep 2014, 5:35 PM – Senate Committees — Certain Aspects of Queensland Government Administration — End debate on whether to debate the motion

Yes Yes (strong)

10th Jul 2014, 9:56 AM – Senate Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013 [No. 2] and related bills - Declaration of Urgency - Put the question

No Yes (strong)

19th Jun 2014 – Senate Regulations and Determinations — Australian Meat and Live—stock Industry (Export of Live—stock to Egypt) Repeal Order 2014 - Put the motion (for disallowance)

Yes Yes (strong)

15th May 2014, 11:11 AM – Senate National Integrity Commission Bill 2013 - Second Reading - Put the question

No Yes (strong)

27th Jun 2013, 11:52 AM – Senate Migration Amendment (Reinstatement of Temporary Protection Visas) Bill 2013 [No. 2] - Second Reading - Put the question

No Yes (strong)

20th Jun 2013, 11:21 AM – Senate Marriage Act Amendment (Recognition of Foreign Marriages for Same-Sex Couples) Bill 2013 - Second Reading - End debate on bill's main idea

absent Yes (strong)

19th Jun 2013, 10:47 AM – Senate Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill 2013 - In Committee - Put the question (Greens amendment - extend protection)

absent Yes (strong)

19th Jun 2013, 10:12 AM – Senate Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill 2013 - In Committee - Put the question (Liberal Party amendment)

absent Yes (strong)

19th Jun 2013, 9:46 AM – Senate Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill 2013 - In Committee - Put the question (Greens Party amendment - owner consent)

Yes Yes (strong)

19th Mar 2012, 10:21 PM – Senate Minerals Resource Rent Tax Bill 2011 and related bills - Second Reading - That the question now be put

absent Yes (strong)

19th Mar 2012, 9:26 PM – Senate Minerals Resource Rent Tax Bill 2011 and related bills - Second Reading - That the question now be put

absent Yes (strong)

8th Nov 2011 – Senate Clean Energy Bill 2011 and related bills - In Committee - Put the question

Yes Yes (strong)

12th Oct 2011 – Senate Clean Energy Bill 2011 and related bills - First Reading - Put the question

Yes Yes (strong)

11th Oct 2011 – Senate Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities) Bill 2010 - Third Reading - Put the question

Yes Yes (strong)

26th Nov 2010, 12:00 PM – Senate Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer Safeguards) Bill 2010 — In Committee - Put the question

Yes Yes (strong)

15th Mar 2010, 3:46 PM – Senate Food Importation (Bovine Meat Standards) Bill 2010 — Second Reading — Put the question to read a second time

No 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 10 500 500
MP voted against policy 11 0 550
MP absent 5 125 250
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 625 1300

*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 = 625 / 1300 = 48%.

And then