How Joe Ludwig voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should allow live animal export and place minimal restrictions on it

Division Joe Ludwig Supporters vote

13th Oct 2015, 4:12 PM – Senate Motions - Live Animal Exports - Approve Port Alma as a live cattle export facility

Yes Yes

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

No No (strong)

12th Dec 2013, 12:32 PM – Senate Motions - Live Animal Exports - Stop export until investigations completed

No No

15th May 2013, 3:53 PM – Senate Motions - Live Animal Exports - Establish Office of Animal Welfare

absent No

13th Mar 2012 – Senate Motions - Live Animal Exports - Against live animal export

No No

7th Jul 2011 – Senate Motions - Live Animal Exports - End live animal export

absent No

15th Jun 2011 – Senate Motions — Live Animal Exports — Move to re—establish live export with Indonesia

No Yes

How "almost always for" 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 1 50 50
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 3 30 30
MP voted against policy 1 0 10
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 2 2 4
Total: 82 94

*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 = 82 / 94 = 87%.

And then