How David Fawcett voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should introduce a National Broadband Network ('NBN') using the fibre to the premises ('FTTP') design

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15th Sep 2011 – Senate National Broadband Network Financial Transparency Bill 2010 (No. 2) — Second Reading — Read a second time

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The majority voted against a motion to read the bill for a second time. This means that the majority rejected the main idea of the bill and that it will not be considered any further.(Read more about the stages that a bill must pass through to become law here. )

Background to the bill

The bill was introduced as a private member's bill by Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham and relates to the National Broadband Network ('NBN'), which is a key Labor Government initiative.(Read more about the NBN on Wikipedia here. ) Its purpose is to require the NBN Co to prepare a business case for the NBN and publish it by 19 November 2010. It also requires the Productivity Commission to prepare a cost-benefit analysis and publish it by 31 May 2011.(Read more about the bill here.)

Yes No Not passed by a small 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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