How David Fawcett voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should improve the health of Australians by increasing the excise and excise equivalent customs duty on tobacco

Division David Fawcett Supporters vote Division outcome

14th Sep 2016, 7:10 PM – Senate Excise Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2016, Customs Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2016 - Third Reading - Pass the bill

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to pass the Excise Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2016 and the Customs Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2016. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read the bills for a third time.

As the bills have already passed in the House of Representatives, they will now become law.

Main idea of the bills

The bills increase the excise and excise equivalent customs duty on tobacco. Their objective is "to improve the health of Australians by reducing their exposure to tobacco products". Learn more about the bills in the bills digest.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a large 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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