How Steve Martin voted compared to someone who believes that Members of Parliament (MPs) and Senators should vote to suspend standing and sessional orders (that is, the procedural rules of Parliament) so that their colleagues can introduce motions for Parliament to vote on even when the the procedural rules would prevent them from doing so

Division Steve Martin Supporters vote

2nd Apr 2019, 5:29 PM – Senate Motions - Climate Change - Let a vote happen

No Yes (strong)

14th Feb 2019, 12:44 PM – Senate Motions - Queensland Nickel - Suspend usual rules

absent Yes (strong)

6th Dec 2018, 2:32 PM – Senate Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018 - Second Reading - Let a vote happen

absent Yes (strong)

4th Dec 2018, 5:05 PM – Senate Documents - Queensland: Abortion - Let a vote happen

absent Yes (strong)

26th Nov 2018, 4:23 PM – Senate Motions - Suspension of Standing Orders - Let a vote happen

absent Yes (strong)

17th Oct 2018, 4:23 PM – Senate Motions - Suspension of Standing Orders - Let a vote happen

absent Yes (strong)

15th Oct 2018, 3:22 PM – Senate Documents - Religious Freedom Review Expert Panel; Order for the Production of Documents - Let a vote happen

absent Yes (strong)

15th Oct 2018, 11:11 AM – Senate Motions — Suspension of Standing Orders

absent Yes (strong)

20th Aug 2018, 4:20 PM – Senate Motions - Suspension of Standing Orders

absent Yes (strong)

15th Aug 2018, 10:48 AM – Senate Motions - Anning, Senator Fraser; Censure - Let vote happen

No Yes (strong)

25th Jun 2018, 4:53 PM – Senate Motions - Suspension of Standing Orders - Let Senator McKim introduce his motion

No Yes (strong)

How "generally 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 3 0 150
MP absent 8 200 400
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 200 550

*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 = 200 / 550 = 36%.

And then