How Chris Evans voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should allocate 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) to foreign aid in line with the United Nations' target

Division Chris Evans Supporters vote

14th Mar 2013, 12:17 PM – Senate Motions - International Development Assistance - Increase foreign aid budget to 0.7% of GNI

No Yes

25th Jun 2012, 3:42 PM – Senate Motions - Foreign Aid Budget - Increase foreign aid budget to 0.7% of GNI

absent Yes

14th Oct 2008, 3:59 PM – Senate Motions - Anti-Poverty Week - Base pension rate + foreign aid budget

absent 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 1 0 10
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 2 2 4
Total: 2 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 = 2 / 14 = 14%.

And then