How Rex Patrick voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should tighten the ministerial code of conduct to stop former ministers from taking up lobbying positions - including in-house positions - within five years of leaving Parliament

Division Rex Patrick Supporters vote

22nd Jul 2019, 3:55 PM – Senate Committees - Finance and Public Administration References Committee - Reference

Yes Yes

19th Sep 2018, 3:58 PM – Senate Motions - Lobbying to Political Parties - Change definition of "lobbyist"

absent Yes

19th Sep 2018, 3:54 PM – Senate Motions - Lobbying to Political Parties - Change definition of "lobbyist"

absent Yes

18th Sep 2018, 4:58 PM – Senate Motions - Ministerial Conduct - Tighten

Yes Yes

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 2 20 20
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 2 2 4
Total: 22 24

*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 = 22 / 24 = 92%.

And then