How Penny Wright voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should support nuclear energy generation in Australia

Division Penny Wright Supporters vote Division outcome

18th Mar 2015, 3:54 PM – Senate Motions - Nuclear Energy - SA Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel Cycle

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by South Australian Senator Bob Day (Family First), which means it passed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) welcomes the South Australian Government's Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel Cycle;

(b) notes That the Prime Minister (Mr Abbott) said recently 'it's important to see how South Australia can benefit from greater participation in the nuclear cycle'; and

(c) informs the South Australian Royal Commission of this resolution.tumblr

No Yes 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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