How Anne McEwen voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should put a time limit on how long asylum seekers can be detained while their claims for asylum are being processed

Division Anne McEwen Supporters vote

25th Jun 2015, 5:52 PM – Senate Migration Amendment (Regional Processing Arrangements) Bill 2015 - in Committee - Limit detention to 3 months

absent Yes (strong)

10th Oct 2012, 11:30 AM – Senate Motions - Manus Island - 12 month limit on detention

No Yes

12th Sep 2012, 11:45 AM – Senate Motions - Republic of Nauru - 12 month limit on detention

absent 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 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
MP absent 1 25 50
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* 1 1 2
Total: 26 62

*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 = 26 / 62 = 42%.

And then