On the topic of Senator Roberts and 77 Votes.

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One thing I see come up fairly regularly as a criticism against Senator Roberts is that he only received 77 personal votes in the 2016 election. He’s often the only Senator against which I see that criticism being made.

My problem with this is that, given above the line senate voting, personal votes are an irrelevant rating of Senators. Most Senators tend to the low end of that scale.

Senator Roberts may well be the outlier at the lowest end, but in terms of general vote levels and systemic behaviour, he’s far from alone. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look at some numbers for the 2016 election. Continue reading