You might face blackouts today and it will be because of policy failure

The Australian Energy Market Operator says Sydney could face blackouts as it enters 3 days of intense heat. The reason for this is that air-conditioners will be turned on as people arrive home and there is insufficient electric generator capacity. 

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Submission to the draft Marriage Equality bill

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Submission to the Commonwealth Government’s exposure draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill (PDF, 130 KB, 13 January 2016).

The Science Party is proud of its involvement in the push for marriage equality in Australia. Our latest effort is this submission which argues that civil celebrants should not have the right to refuse to perform a marriage on the basis that a couple is not made up of one man and one woman.

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We’re half-way between Australia’s real birthday and its fake one

You probably think that Australia day is Australia’s birthday. The problem is, it isn’t. When the First Fleet landed, they declared Sydney Cove, not Australia.

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Snapshot of a national census - the Senate's Report on the 2016 Census

The Senate Economics Reference Committee has released its report on the 2016 Census, available for download here. The Science Party made a submission to this inquiry in September last year (see it and the rest of our Census 2016 blog posts here).

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Leader's Report 2016: A year of reflection, change and success

You can also read this as a PDF.

Introduction
North Sydney By-Election
Changing name to the Science Party
Federal Election 2016
Luke James - Melbourne City Council Elections
Reports
    Voting changes submissions
NSW Branch
    NSW Branch Leader - Andrea Leong
    Inaugural NSW Branch Meeting
    NSW Branch Goal December 2016: 100 members
    NSW Branch Goal December 2017 goal: 750 members

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Science Party AGM 2016 Minutes

Date: November 24, 2016

Meeting Opened at 6:43pm

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Video of the AGM
Treasurer's report

Leader's report

Note that both reports were accepted in their verbal form. 

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The Greens finally re-adopt Science Party's dank drugs policy

The Greens have finally reversed their blanket opposition to deciminalisation and legalisation of drugs. Decriminalisation of drugs has been a Science Party policy since 2013 when we formed. 

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Is your sugar tax policy based in evidence?

The Grattan Institute published a report yesterday that outlines the massive cost of obesity and suggest a soft-drink tax to combat it. The Greens have a policy that endorses the proposal, and it has been tried elsewhere in the world. But will it work?

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The firm that audited the NSW election also donated $123,528 to the Liberals

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) fashions itself as an independent auditor of choice, but with PWC donating $123,528 to the Liberal Party (‘Big four accounting firms political donations rise’, AFR), independence cannot be assured. This is particularly concerning, as PWC was responsible for the independent audit of the electronic voting system used in the 2015 NSW election.

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Submission to the Inquiry into the 2016 Census

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Submission to the Inquiry into the 2016 Census (PDF, 122 KB, 21 September 2016)

The Science Party cares about the right to privacy as well as good data collection. The 2016 Census threatened both of these ideals with the introduction of dataset matching, leaving respondents vulnerable to having their data re-identified. Download our submission to the Inquiry into the 2016 Census above and see all of our blog posts on the subject.