How Rex Patrick voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should introduce legislation that increases consumer protections by, for example, encouraging competition

Division Rex Patrick Supporters vote

11th May 2021, 3:59 PM – Senate Motions - Banking and Financial Services - Protect consumers

absent Yes

10th Feb 2020, 9:48 PM – Senate Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 2) Bill 2019 - in Committee - Limit the exemption

No Yes

12th Nov 2019, 1:07 PM – Senate Treasury Laws Amendment (Prohibiting Energy Market Misconduct) Bill 2019 - Second Reading - Agree with the bill's main idea

Yes Yes

23rd Aug 2018, 12:27 PM – Senate Motions - Australian Consumer Law - Protect consumers

Yes Yes

How "generally 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 1 0 10
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 1 1 2
Total: 21 32

*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 = 21 / 32 = 66%.

And then