How Linda Kirk voted compared to someone who believes that people should have to pass a test before they are eligible to become Australian citizens

Division Linda Kirk Supporters vote Division outcome

13th Aug 2007, 6:17 PM – Senate Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Testing) Bill 2007 - Second Reading - Agree with the bill's main idea

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The majority voted in favour of the bill's main idea. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read the bill for a second time. The Senate can now discuss the bill in more detail.

What is the bill's main idea?

The purpose of the bill is to introduce a test that a person has to pass before they can become a citizen.

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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