How Anne McEwen voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase fishing restrictions so that fish populations are sustainable

Division Anne McEwen Supporters vote

1st Dec 2014, 3:49 PM – Senate Motions - Super Trawlers - Permanent ban

absent Yes

19th Sep 2012, 11:00 AM – Senate Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Declared Commercial Fishing Activities) Bill 2012 - Third Reading - Read a third time

Yes Yes

18th Sep 2012, 2:06 PM – Senate Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Declared Commercial Fishing Activities) Bill 2012 — Second Reading — Read a second time

Yes Yes

11th Sep 2012, 4:05 PM – Senate Motions — Super Trawlers — Ban all super trawlers

absent Yes

16th Aug 2012, 12:05 PM – Senate Motions — Australian Small Pelagic Fishery - Reverse decision to lift quota

No Yes

19th Mar 2012, 4:32 PM – Senate Motions — Western Australia Export Fishing Licences - Refuse export licence until observer program established

No Yes

19th Jun 2006, 3:43 PM – Senate Motions - Sea Bottom Trawl Fishing - Address destructive impact

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 0 0 0
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 2 0 20
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 2 2 4
Total: 32 54

*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 = 32 / 54 = 59%.

And then