How Andrew Murray voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should privatise government owned assets

Division Andrew Murray Supporters vote

13th Sep 2007, 9:43 AM – Senate Motions - New South Wales Electricity Industry - Abandon plan to privatise

absent No

5th Dec 2006, 12:47 PM – Senate Medibank Private Sale Bill 2006 - Third Reading - Read a third time

absent Yes

4th Dec 2006, 8:28 PM – Senate Medibank Private Sale Bill 2006 - Second Reading - Read a second time

Yes Yes

How "almost always 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* 2 2 4
Total: 12 14

*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 = 12 / 14 = 86%.

And then