How Rex Patrick voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should privatise government owned assets

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14th Feb 2018, 4:06 PM – Senate Motions - Energy - Return to public ownership

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The majority voted against this motion, which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) electricity prices have gone up 12.4 per cent from December 2016 to December 2017 and are too high,

(ii) the companies that own our electricity networks, including those registered in the Cayman Islands, have made $27.5 billion profit over the last 4 years, which is pushing up prices, and

(iii) the deregulation of electricity prices has seen them skyrocket, so that in Victoria up to 30 per cent of a household's bill is for retailers profits alone, according to the Grattan Institute;

(b) agrees with Victorian Premier Mr Daniel Andrews that electricity should never have been privatised; and

(c) calls on the Government to start bringing the electricity network back into public hands and to take all steps to reregulate electricity prices.

Yes No Not passed by a modest majority

How "voted consistently 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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