How Jeannie Ferris voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase water allocations from the Murray-Darling Basin for farmers and other users

Division Jeannie Ferris Supporters vote

26th Mar 2007, 3:49 PM – Senate Motions - Murray-Darling Basin - Purchase water licences

absent No

26th Mar 2007, 3:45 PM – Senate Motions - World Day for Water - South Australian wetlands

absent No

7th Dec 2006, 10:03 AM – Senate Motions - Wetlands and Floodplains - Murray Darling

No No

How "almost always 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 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 1 10 10
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 2 2 4
Total: 12 14

*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 = 12 / 14 = 86%.

And then