How Joe Ludwig voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase funding for public transport within and between Australia's major urban centres and prioritise it over funding for private transport infrastructure projects

Division Joe Ludwig Supporters vote

19th Apr 2016, 6:49 PM – Senate Motions - Public Transport - Prioritise funding

No Yes

13th Oct 2015, 4:07 PM – Senate Motions — East West Link

Yes Yes

24th Nov 2014, 4:59 PM – Senate Motions - Westconnex - Don't construct WestConnex

No Yes

24th Sep 2014, 4:03 PM – Senate Motions - East West Link - Redirect funding to public transport

No Yes

12th May 2010, 4:09 PM – Senate Motions - High Speed Rail Network - Feasibility study

absent Yes

18th Sep 2007, 3:53 PM – Senate Motions - Public Transport - Fund public transport

No Yes

27th Nov 2006, 4:10 PM – Senate Motions - Newcastle City Council - Renewables and public transport

No Yes

10th Aug 2006, 9:40 AM – Senate Motions - Fuel Prices - Public transport & alternative fuels

No Yes

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 6 0 60
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 1 1 2
Total: 11 72

*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 = 11 / 72 = 15%.

And then