How Gavin Marshall voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should take national action to increase housing affordability so that all Australians have the chance to buy their own home

Division Gavin Marshall Supporters vote Division outcome

18th Sep 2007, 4:02 PM – Senate Motions - Housing Affordability - Evidence-based national plan

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The majority voted against a motion calling for an evidence-based national affordable housing plan, which means it was unsuccessful. The motion was introduced by Greens Senator Rachel Siewert (WA).

Motion text

That the Senate calls on the Government to:

(a) review all taxes, grants and concessions, including negative gearing, capital gains tax exemptions and first home owners grants, to assess their impact on the housing market; and

(b) work with the states and territories to develop an evidence-based national affordable housing plan.

No Yes Not passed by a large majority

How "voted moderately 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 1 10 10
MP voted against policy 2 0 20
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 1 1 2
Total: 11 32

*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 = 11 / 32 = 34%.

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