How Steve Martin voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase the Newstart Allowance rate to ensure that it covers basic living costs

Division Steve Martin Supporters vote

4th Dec 2018, 4:10 PM – Senate Motions - Newstart Allowance - Increase

absent Yes

12th Nov 2018, 4:57 PM – Senate Motions - Anti-Poverty Week - Increase Newstart & Youth Allowance

absent Yes

16th Oct 2018, 4:26 PM – Senate Motions - Taxation - Increase Newstart

absent Yes

18th Sep 2018, 4:53 PM – Senate Motions - Newstart - Increase

No Yes

16th Aug 2018, 12:32 PM – Senate Motions - Newstart - Increase rate

No Yes

20th Jun 2018, 11:40 AM – Senate Treasury Laws Amendment (Personal Income Tax Plan) Bill 2018 - Second Reading - Raise minimum wage, Newstart and Youth Allowance

No Yes

10th May 2018, 12:10 PM – Senate Motions - Pensions and Benefits - Increase single rate of Newstart and Youth Allowance

No Yes

15th Feb 2018 – Senate Motions - Newstart Allowance - Increase rate

No Yes

How "almost always 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 5 0 50
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 3 3 6
Total: 3 56

*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 = 3 / 56 = 5.4%.

And then