How Ruth Webber voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should actively support and promote multiculturalism in Australia

Division Ruth Webber Supporters vote Division outcome

5th Sep 2006, 5:08 PM – Senate Matters of Urgency - Multiculturalism - Promote

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Kerry Nettle (NSW), which means it failed.

Motion text

That, in the opinion of the Senate, the following is a matter of urgency: The need for the Senate to:

(a) note the Prime Minister’s recent comments about the Muslim community needing to learn English and respect women; and

(b) call on all political parties and leaders to promote the values of multiculturalism in the Australian community and the need for all members of the community to respect women.

Yes Yes Not passed by a small 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 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* 0 0 0
Total: 10 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 = 10 / 10 = 100%.

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