How Larissa Waters voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should always consult with local communities that may be affected by infrastructure projects, especially for major infrastructure projects such as dams, pulp mills or nuclear facilities

Division Larissa Waters Supporters vote Division outcome

23rd Jun 2014, 9:38 PM – Senate Infrastructure Australia Amendment Bill 2013 - in Committee - Local community consultation

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The majority voted against an amendment introduced by Greens Party Senator Scott Ludlam.

What was the amendment?

Senator Ludlam explained his amendment, saying that it:

once again adds local communities as a group that [the Government] should consult with in performing its functions ... This is something that goes to the heart of the way that infrastructure is done. They cannot sit in an office on the other side of the country, dropping infrastructure projects in from Google Earth. These things affect people. They actually affect local communities.

Amendment text

(14) Schedule 1, item 10, page 8 (line 28), at the end of section 6B, add:

; (c) local communities.

Yes Yes (strong) Not passed by a modest majority

How "voted very strongly 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 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 50 50

*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 = 50 / 50 = 100%.

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