Media release: Bennelong By-Election Candidate, Science Party Leader James Jansson

For immediate release

The Science Party has announced that it will field a candidate for the upcoming Bennelong by-election. Party leader Dr James Jansson will contest the seat on a platform of open and efficient government, housing affordability, and increased funding for science, technology and education.

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A federal anti-corruption watchdog is long overdue

No matter the frequency or severity of scandals that emerge from federal government, the major political parties can always agree on one thing: we don't need to do anything about it.

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Dual citizenship and eligibility for parliament

The shock resignation of both Deputy Co-Leaders of the Australian Greens over dual citizenship kicked off bizarre scenes in Canberra. While the saga drags on, the Science Party has defined its views on section 44(i) of the Australian Constitution:

  • dual citizens should be eligible for nomination, and renounce their second citizenship if elected to federal parliament; and
  • dual citizenship of another country that was gained without the person's knowledge, if the person was not born there and did not apply for citizenship, should not be considered a breach of section 44(i).
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Submission to the R&D Tax Incentive Review Report

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Submission to the R&D Tax Incentive Review Report (PDF, 127 KB, 28 October 2016)

The focus of the Science Party's submission to this report was to argue against providing tax incentives for employers to hire PhD graduates in particular.

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Inquiry into the 2016 federal election: third interim report

The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters has just released its third interim report on the inquiry into the conduct of the 2016 federal election. The report covers the topic of AEC modernisation.

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Submission to the ACT Inquiry into an Independent Integrity Commission

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Submission to the inquiry into the establishment of an independent integrity commission for the ACT (PDF, 139 KB, 19 May 2017)

The Science Party put forward a submission calling for an Independent Anti-Corruption Commission for the ACT following a similar model to the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

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Submission to the Inquiry into the 2016 Federal Election

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Submission to the Inquiry into and report on all aspects of the conduct of the 2016 Federal Election and matters related thereto (PDF, 134 KB, 1 November 2016)

The Science Party made a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral matters with regards to the 2016 federal election. These recommendations were made with aims of protecting the safety of individuals, levelling the playing field for all political parties and independent candidates, maintaining the integrity of the voting system, and enforcing transparency in government.

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Scott Morrison's financial advice: stop being poor

These points were presented at the Science Party's Budget Reply meeting on 25th May in Sydney. 

 

In amongst some sensible measures, the 2017–2018 Federal Budget contained predictable attacks on the poor, most evident in the announcements made about welfare (and consider for a moment how "welfare" has been twisted from a descriptor of a person's wellbeing into a label for a financial cost that we're supposed to resent). 

This blog post examines the government's drug testing plan for welfare recipients and its cashless welfare schemes, and shares what the Science Party would do differently.

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Australian Academy of Science - Government changes to temporary visa arrangements

Below is email sent to the Australian Academy of Science from Anna-Maria Arabia  Chief Executive.

On Tuesday 18 April the Prime Minister announced changes to Australia’s temporary visa rules and more specifically to the 457 visa subclasses. If implemented, these changes are likely to have unintended consequences for the STEM sector and I am aware that this is a cause for concern for many Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science.

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Submission to the Inquiry into Access to Telecommunications Data in Civil Proceedings

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Submission to the Inquiry into Access to Telecommunications Data in Civil Proceedings (PDF, 136 KB, 27 January 2017).

In January 2017, the Attorney General's department called for submissions on the proposed use of telecommunications metadata in civil proceedings. Our submission was one of 262, including 60 from anonymous individuals.

The Science Party aims to overturn this legislation entirely, to end mandatory data retention, so it should be no surprise that we argued against extending the use of retained metadata to civil cases. Submissions to this inquiry were overwhelmingly in opposition to opening up the data for these purposes.

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