Federal Policy

The Science Party was founded with the primary goal of implementing good policy.

Our policy platform covers a range of areas where the Science Party sees the need for advancement and reform, and it is continually being expanded.

For a brief explanation of the Science Party's approach to developing policy, please see our Policy Foreword. If you'd like to help improve our policy platform, please visit our Policy FAQ

 

Education

Education

Investing in quality, accessible education allows social mobility. The Science Party will:

  • Implement Gonski reforms including increasing school funding by approximately $6 billion;
  • Incentivise teaching in disadvantaged schools;
  • Increase funding for adult education; and
  • Implement a national school curriculum including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) classes at all levels.

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Science and Research

Science and Research

The Science Party will plan for the future through targeted government investment in areas that encourage economic and technological development. We will:

  • Double spending on research from $9.2 billion to $18.4 billion;
  • Encourage research into safer sources of nuclear energy, including fusion reactors.

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Energy

Energy

Renewable energy is pivotal to to reducing pollution from energy production. Our energy policies include:

  • An emissions trading scheme to encourage renewable energy;
  • Modernising our grids via mandatory installation of ‘smart meters’; and
  • Connecting the eastern and western Australian electricity grids—smoothing out fluctuations in power generation—using a high voltage DC connection within 20 years.

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Australian Charter City

Australian Charter City

The Science Party has a vision for a new Australian charter city that will be:

  • Connected via high speed rail
  • A university town, focusing on low-capital-cost STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects;
  • High in population density and designed to reduce congestion; and
  • A special migration zone to generate a greater influx of skilled migrants.

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Economy

Economy

The Science Party believes strongly in using markets as a means to achieve competition for success. We also see a role for the government in guiding the economy through effective taxation, regulation and public spending. The Science Party's economic policy includes:

  • Support for expenditure on science and technology research, education and health care; and
  • Opposition to corporate monopolies.

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Democracy

Democracy

Along with the core principles of open, efficient and secular government, the Science Party supports the following:

  • an Australian republic, with the Governor-General elected by parliament;
  • a multi-member House of Representatives system;
  • a single national Senate; and
  • Strong whistleblower protections.

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Freedom and Rights

Freedom and Rights

In line with our core principle of individual freedoms, the Science Party supports:

  • Online privacy and freedom of communication, with no data retention, warrantless access to data, or government-imposed internet filters;
  • Marriage Equality: legal recognition of marriage between any two consenting adults; and
  • Euthanasia. The Science Party is committed to health care and life-extension, but also believes voluntary euthanasia should be legally available.

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Tax, Superannuation and Welfare

Tax, Superannuation and Welfare

The Science Party believes these systems need to be substantially streamlined via:

  • Simplification of Marginal tax rates;
  • Removal of welfare traps, to ensure people get back to work as painlessly as possible;
  • Land tax replacing stamp duty, council rates and payroll tax; and
  • An independent body to set Pigovian taxes or "sin taxes" (gambling, tobacco and alcohol).

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Health

Health

The Science Party the government should:

  • Focus on preventative health care to extend life, improve quality of life and reduce expense;
  • Promote healthy eating decisions through accurate and informative labelling;
  • Trial decriminalisation of drug use with the aim of harm minimisation;
  • Focus on mental health with increased funding and training; and
  • Legalise and ensure access to abortion performed by trained practitioners.

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Communication

Communication

The Science Party supports a National Broadband Network under a Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) model.

This technology will be a boon for education, healthcare and business, and will particularly equalise opportunity for rural, regional and remote Australia.

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Transportation

Transportation

The Science Party supports:

  • Legalising driverless cars for use in Australia as soon as it is practical and safe;
  • A high-speed rail link (Brisbane–Sydney–Canberra–Melbourne);
  • Optimising existing transport infrastructure to decrease travel/transport times; and
  • Additional suburban train lines.

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Environment

Environment

The Science Party is in favour of:

  • Protecting native forests: the future of the Australian timber industry should be based on farmed forests.
  • Action on climate change to mitigate the potential grave risks associated with a changing climate;
  • Genetically modified organisms for use in research and industry; and
  • Nuclear weapons non-proliferation and disarmament.

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Defence

Defence

  • Anti-war. The Science Party believes war should be the absolute last option, and believes that in recent history, countries (including Australia) have entered into war too easily.
  • Release non-operationally important national secrets. Review currently held national secrets to determine the suitability of those national secrets for early release where they are not operationally important.

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Housing

Housing

The Science Party proposes the following policies to improve housing affordability and increase service provision:

  • Loosen height/density restrictions on urban infill areas with high demand;
  • Increase land releases to encourage increased density, while also increasing public open space; and
  • Encourage density by increasing local service provision and allowing mixed zone developments.

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Law and Order

Law and Order

It is Science Party policy to:

  • Increase rehabilitation programs in gaols to decrease rates of recidivism and hence reduce the burden of crime on all members of society;
  • Consider drug use as a health issue; and
  • Address the over-representation of Aboriginal people in prison and among deaths in custody.
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Immigration

Immigration

The Science Party has a plan for migration, the 20/20 vision, that will increase migration to keep our economy strong and counteract the ageing of our population. This plan aims to increase Australia’s population by 20 million people over the next 20 years.

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Regional Australia

Regional Australia

The following are the Science Party's policies specifically regarding non-metropolitan Australia:

  • Increase the pay of front line government employees in remote areas;
  • Reduce regulation on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in regional areas;
  • Subsidise online university education for students in remote areas; and
  • Advocate to remove agricultural trade barriers.

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Childcare

Childcare

Increasing accessibility of childcare will tackle inequality between income brackets and between genders in the workforce. The Science Party will:

  • Subsidise 95% of childcare costs up to a maximum benchmark rate, to maximise access to childcare.

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Animal Welfare

Animal Welfare

The Science Party supports:

  • Creation of an independent office for animal welfare;
  • Clear labelling of animal products;
  • The current Code of Practice for animals in scientific research; and
  • Research into in vitro meat production.

The Science Party opposes:

  • Live export to countries whose animal welfare standards have not been approved by independent Australian regulators;
  • Battery cages and sow stalls; and
  • Horse jumps racing.

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Treaty

Treaty

The Science Party's policy is to establish a treaty organisation to develop treaties for ratification by parliament and indigenous groups throughout Australia.

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Space

Space

The Science Party believes that Australia should establish a space agency to:

  • Collaborate with its global counterparts; and
  • Determine the areas of the space industry which Australia is best placed to contribute and excel.

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