How Glenn Sterle voted compared to someone who agrees that the federal government should introduce legislation that reduces the gap in income between women and men and ensures both sexes are paid equally well

Most important divisions relevant to this policy

These are the most important divisions related to the policy “for decreasing the gender pay gap” which Glenn Sterle could have attended. They are weighted much more strongly than other divisions when calculating the position of Glenn Sterle on this policy.

Division Glenn Sterle Supporters vote

22nd Nov 2012, 8:30 PM – Senate Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Amendment Bill 2012 - Second Reading - Agree with the bill's main idea

Yes Yes

Other divisions relevant to this policy

These are less important divisions which are related to the policy “for decreasing the gender pay gap” which Glenn Sterle could have attended.

Division Glenn Sterle Supporters vote

23rd Jun 2021, 4:14 PM – Senate Motions - Discrimination - Against affirmative action

absent No

8th Dec 2020, 4:53 PM – Senate Motions - Women's Economic Security - Retirement incomes

absent Yes

26th Aug 2020, 4:02 PM – Senate Motions - Superannuation - Inequality

absent Yes

20th Sep 2018, 12:33 PM – Senate Motions - Superannuation - Gender gap + low income earners

No Yes

19th Jun 2013, 3:43 PM – Senate Motions - Health - Inquiry into unpaid care

No Yes

23rd Aug 2012, 12:08 PM – Senate Motions - Inequality - Introduce a Federal Equality Act

No Yes

7th Feb 2007, 3:49 PM – Senate Motions - Commission on the Status of Women - End discrimination and gender-based violence

Yes Yes

How "voted generally for" is worked out

They Vote For You gives each vote a score based on whether the MP voted in agreement with the policy or not. These scores are then averaged with a weighting across all votes that the MP could have voted on relevant to the policy. The overall average score is then converted to a simple english language phrase based on the range of values it's within.

When an MP votes in agreement with a policy the vote is scored as 100%. When they vote against the policy it is scored as 0% and when they are absent it is scored half way between the two at 50%. The half way point effectively says "we don't know whether they are for or against this policy".

The overall agreement score for the policy is worked out by a weighted average of the scores for each vote. The weighting has been chosen so that the most important votes have a weighting 5 times that of the less important votes. Also, absent votes on less important votes are weighted 5 times less again to not penalise MPs for not attending the less important votes. Pressure of other work means MPs or Senators are not always available to vote – it does not always mean they've abstained.

Type of vote Agreement score (s) Weight (w) No of votes (n)
Most important votes MP voted with policy 100% 25 1
MP voted against policy 0% 25 0
MP absent 50% 25 0
Less important votes MP voted with policy 100% 5 1
MP voted against policy 0% 5 3
MP absent 50% 1 3

The final agreement score is a weighted average (weighted arithmetic mean) of the scores of the individual votes.

Average agreement score = sum(n×w×s) / sum(n×w) = 31.5 / 48 = 66%.

And then this average agreement score