How Christopher Back voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should develop and implement a pill testing policy to reduce the risk of death and/or injury caused by taking illicit drugs

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13th Feb 2017, 4:05 PM – Senate Motions - Illicit Drugs - Pill testing

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Victorian Senator Richard Di Natale (Greens), which means it failed.

Motion text

That the Senate—

(a) sends its sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of the three young Australians who tragically died last month in Melbourne after overdosing on pills they believed to be MDMA;

(b) notes the recent reports that Victorian Police tested the pills subsequent to the deaths, but current government policy prevents the release of this information which would prevent people from taking these extremely dangerous substances; and

(c) calls on the Government to urgently introduce effective harm minimisation strategies and work with state and territory governments to introduce pill testing trials and early warning systems to allow young Australians to access critical information about the drugs they are considering taking.

No Yes Not passed by a large majority

How "voted very strongly 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* 0 0 0
Total: 0 10

*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 = 0 / 10 = 0.0%.

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