How Patrick Dodson voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should lower the amount of income tax that middle- and high-income earners must pay each year (for example, people earning over $80,000 per year)

Division Patrick Dodson Supporters vote Division outcome

11th Oct 2016, 1:56 PM – Senate Treasury Laws Amendment (Income Tax Relief) Bill 2016 - Second Reading - Agree with the main idea of the bill

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The majority voted to support the main idea of the bill. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to give the bill a second reading.

Main idea of the bill

This bill will lower taxes for people earning over $80,000.

The bills digest explains that the bill's purpose is:

to increase from $80,000 to $87,000 the threshold at which an individual’s marginal tax rate increases from 32.5 per cent to 37 per cent. The changes apply to both resident and non-resident individual tax payers, with effect from 1 July 2016.

Yes Yes (strong) Passed by a modest majority

How "voted very strongly 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 1 50 50
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 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 50 50

*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 = 50 / 50 = 100%.

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