How Helen Polley voted compared to someone who agrees that the federal government should support the rights of transgender people (including genderfluid, nonbinary and genderqueer people) by amending laws and policies to support healthy lives by, for example, ensuring that appropriate healthcare is available nationwide and that trans people are protected from discrimination and harassment

Most important divisions relevant to this policy

These are the most important divisions related to the policy “for transgender rights” which Helen Polley could have attended. They are weighted much more strongly than other divisions when calculating the position of Helen Polley on this policy.

Division Helen Polley Supporters vote
no votes listed

Other divisions relevant to this policy

These are less important divisions which are related to the policy “for transgender rights” which Helen Polley could have attended.

Division Helen Polley Supporters vote

15th Jun 2021, 4:50 PM – Senate Motions - Gender Dysphoria - Treating gender diverse children

No No

16th Mar 2021, 4:22 PM – Senate Motions - Gender Language - Concerns about "distorted" language

No No

13th Nov 2019, 4:32 PM – Senate Motions - Transgender Awareness Week - Support

absent Yes

3rd Dec 2018, 4:33 PM – Senate Motions - Gender and Sexual Orientation - Healthcare and gender diverse treatment

Yes Yes

16th Aug 2018, 12:37 PM – Senate Motions - Free Speech - Against gender neutral language

absent No

How "voted almost always for" is worked out

They Vote For You gives each vote a score based on whether the MP voted in agreement with the policy or not. These scores are then averaged with a weighting across all votes that the MP could have voted on relevant to the policy. The overall average score is then converted to a simple english language phrase based on the range of values it's within.

When an MP votes in agreement with a policy the vote is scored as 100%. When they vote against the policy it is scored as 0% and when they are absent it is scored half way between the two at 50%. The half way point effectively says "we don't know whether they are for or against this policy".

The overall agreement score for the policy is worked out by a weighted average of the scores for each vote. The weighting has been chosen so that the most important votes have a weighting 5 times that of the less important votes. Also, absent votes on less important votes are weighted 5 times less again to not penalise MPs for not attending the less important votes. Pressure of other work means MPs or Senators are not always available to vote – it does not always mean they've abstained.

Type of vote Agreement score (s) Weight (w) No of votes (n)
Most important votes MP voted with policy 100% 25 0
MP voted against policy 0% 25 0
MP absent 50% 25 0
Less important votes MP voted with policy 100% 5 3
MP voted against policy 0% 5 0
MP absent 50% 1 2

The final agreement score is a weighted average (weighted arithmetic mean) of the scores of the individual votes.

Average agreement score = sum(n×w×s) / sum(n×w) = 16.0 / 17 = 94%.

And then this average agreement score