How Andrew McLachlan voted compared to someone who believes that the Australian Government should provide more transparency of our country's political relationship with China

Division Andrew McLachlan Supporters vote Division outcome

10th Jun 2020, 6:24 PM – Senate Committees - Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee; Reference - China

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The majority vote against a motion introduced by South Australian Senator Rex Patrick (Centre Alliance), which means it failed.

There was one rebellion during this division, meaning that one senator voted against the rest of their party. In this case, NSW Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells (Liberal) voted 'Yes' while the rest of the Liberal Party voted 'No'.

Motion text

That the following matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 June 2021:

The future development of Australia's relationship with the People's Republic of China.

No Yes Not passed by a modest majority

How "voted very strongly 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 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 1 0 10
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 0 10

*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 = 0 / 10 = 0.0%.

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