How Steve Fielding voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should introduce legislation that increases the protection of Australia's fresh water resources, including its river and groundwater systems

Division Steve Fielding Supporters vote

22nd Jun 2010, 4:30 PM – Senate Motions - Water Supply for Adelaide

No Yes

26th Mar 2007, 3:49 PM – Senate Motions - Murray-Darling Basin - Purchase water licences

Yes Yes

26th Mar 2007, 3:45 PM – Senate Motions - World Day for Water - South Australian wetlands

Yes Yes

8th Feb 2007, 10:42 AM – Senate Motions - Water - Macquarie River

absent Yes

7th Dec 2006, 10:03 AM – Senate Motions - Wetlands and Floodplains - Murray Darling

No Yes

How "a mixture of for and 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 2 20 20
MP voted against policy 2 0 20
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 1 1 2
Total: 21 42

*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 = 21 / 42 = 50%.

And then