How Stephen Parry voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should begin to withdraw Australian troops from Afghanistan as soon as safely possible

Division Stephen Parry Supporters vote Division outcome

14th Mar 2012, 3:49 PM – Senate Motions - Afghanistan - Safe withdrawal + increase in civilian aid

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator for Tasmania Bob Brown, which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate calls on the Government to begin the safe withdrawal of Australia's troops from Afghanistan while increasing our civilian aid program.

No Yes Not passed by a modest majority

31st Oct 2011 – Senate Matters of Urgency - Afghanistan - Confirm withdrawal date

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The majority voted against the following motion:

That, in the opinion of the Senate, the following is a matter of urgency:

The pressing need for Australia to confirm a date for the safe return of Australian troops from Afghanistan.

It was introduced by Greens Senator for Tasmania Bob Brown.

absent Yes Not passed by a modest majority

How "voted strongly 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* 1 1 2
Total: 1 12

*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 = 1 / 12 = 8.3%.

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