- Do I have to agree with all of the Science Party’s policies to join?
- Where is the policy on X?
- How does the Science Party compare to the ALP/Liberals/Nationals/Greens/DLP/KAP/etc?
Absolutely not! Not even the people who wrote the current policy platform agree 100% with one another about every detail on every issue. We are a party of individuals with differing views; we just feel there is enough overlap, especially in our basic philosophy and in our fundamental beliefs about how to improve society, that we can benefit from working together. So long as you share our broad outlook you are more than welcome to join the party.
If you, for instance, don’t like our policy on nuclear energy research because you feel a 100% renewables mix is a technically and environmentally superior option, please join the party and change our minds on this issue! However, if you believe that climate change has been caused by technology and therefore the solution should not involve technology, but rather (say) drastic cuts to our levels of material consumption, we are probably not the party for you.
We have tried to create as comprehensive a policy platform as possible; however, there is still much more to do.
Some policies are still under development for various reasons and will be published in due course. In some cases we have simply not yet had a chance to address a given issue.
We encourage members to participate in our online policy discussions, particularly in areas where we do not yet have an official position (although again if you would like to see a change to our official position we are happy to hear that too), and join in our Facebook discussion group.
We try to avoid the kind of politics that involves focusing heavily on other parties and candidates – particularly where it involves criticising their deficiencies as a substitute for discussing our own proposed ideas. Obviously we have significant differences of opinion with all the large existing parties, or else we would not be spending the time and effort creating our own. Given our platform is transparent, we are happy to let it stand by itself and let others draw their own comparisons if they wish. If you are tossing up between joining (or voting for) us and another party, and would like specific details about how we differ from them on the issues you care about, please get in touch and we will do our best to answer your query.