How Steve Martin voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should maintain or increase its investment in and support for the Australian coal industry

Division Steve Martin Supporters vote

4th Dec 2018, 6:19 PM – Senate Matters of Urgency - Climate Change - Coal exports

absent No

4th Dec 2018, 4:42 PM – Senate Motions - Mining - Support Adani

absent Yes

28th Nov 2018, 3:55 PM – Senate Motions - Coalmines in the Galilee Basin - Refuse

absent No

27th Nov 2018, 4:51 PM – Senate Motions - Mining - Water environmental assessment

absent No

26th Nov 2018, 5:20 PM – Senate Motions - Coal-Fired Power Stations - Good for economy and regional jobs

absent Yes

27th Jun 2018, 4:20 PM – Senate Motions - Energy - More coal-fired power stations

Yes Yes

How "generally 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 1 10 10
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 5 5 10
Total: 15 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 = 15 / 20 = 75%.

And then