How Joe Ludwig voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should introduce restrictions to the amount and type of donations that political parties can receive in order to prevent corruption or the appearance of corruption in government

Division Joe Ludwig Supporters vote

2nd May 2016, 4:20 PM – Senate Motions — Donations to Political Parties

absent Yes

19th Apr 2016, 7:39 PM – Senate Motions - Climate Change - End fossil fuel political donations

No Yes

24th Nov 2015, 3:51 PM – Senate Motions - Donations to Political Parties - Ban certain political donations & establish independent corruption commission

No Yes

19th Mar 2015, 11:28 AM – Senate Motions — Ban donations to political parties from mining and coal seam gas (CSG) companies

No Yes

3rd Dec 2013 – Senate Motions - Political Donations - Disclosure and ban on overseas donations

No Yes

25th Oct 2010, 4:51 PM – Senate Tobacco Advertising

Yes Yes

11th Mar 2009, 12:19 PM – Senate Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Political Donations and Other Measures) Bill 2008 [2009] - Second Reading - Agree to the bill's main idea

Yes Yes (strong)

18th Mar 2008, 3:44 PM – Senate Motions - Donations to Political Parties - Developers

No Yes

30th Nov 2006, 10:08 AM – Senate Motions - Political Donations - Developers

absent Yes

20th Jun 2006, 1:48 PM – Senate Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Electoral Integrity and Other Measures) Bill 2006 - In Committee - Foreign donations & loans

Yes Yes

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 1 50 50
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 2 20 20
MP voted against policy 5 0 50
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 2 2 4
Total: 72 124

*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 = 72 / 124 = 58%.

And then