How Stephen Parry voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should provide more funding for road infrastructure

Division Stephen Parry Supporters vote Division outcome

27th Jun 2013, 12:31 PM – Senate Motions — Infrastructure and Transport Funding: Roe Highway - Do not fund

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The majority voted in favour of a motion introduced by Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, which means that it was successful. The motion was:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) Stage 8 of the Roe Highway:(Read more about the extension of the Roe Highway on the website of Main Roads Western Australia here. )

(A) threatens the Beeliar wetlands and its regionally significant vegetation, banksia woodlands and the habitat of fauna, migratory birds and the endangered Carnaby cockatoo, and

(B) would dissect North Lake and Bibra Lake, recognised as valuable biodiversity sites by all three levels of government, and one of the most significant Aboriginal historical sites within the Perth metropolitan area south of the Swan River, and

(ii) the Western Australian Environment Protection Authority received 449 submissions, 29 from organisations and government agencies and 420 from the public opposing Stage 8 of the Roe Highway extension;(Read more about the opposition to Stage 8 of the Roe Highway here.) and

(b) calls on all political parties to:

(i) recognise widespread community opposition for this project, and

(ii) affirm that Commonwealth funding for this project will not be forthcoming.


No No Passed by a small majority

How "voted consistently 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 1 50 50
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 1 10 10
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 1 1 2
Total: 61 62

*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 = 61 / 62 = 98%.

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