How Sarah Hanson-Young voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should support an inquiry into Australia's involvement in the Iraq War

Division Sarah Hanson-Young Supporters vote Division outcome

22nd Mar 2018, 12:04 PM – Senate Motions - Iraq War - Inquiry

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The majority voted against clause (e), which means that part of the motion failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

...

(e) calls on all parties to support a long overdue inquiry into Australia's involvement in the Iraq War.

Yes Yes Not passed by a modest majority

14th Feb 2018, 4:01 PM – Senate Motions - Iraq War - Independent inquiry

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

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) notes that this week marks the fifteen-year anniversary of over 200 000 people marching in each of Melbourne and Sydney, and 600 000 nationwide, to protest Australia's involvement in the Iraq war; and

(b) supports an independent inquiry into:

(i) the decisions that led to Australia invading Iraq, and

(ii) the conduct of the Australian military operations in Iraq.

Yes Yes Not passed by a modest 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 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* 0 0 0
Total: 20 20

*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 = 20 / 20 = 100%.

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