When I was a kid, ~the~ show to watch was ‘Beyond 2000’
Each week during prime time, they would explore the new technologies and innovations that would soon become available to everyone, and the promises of a better future that came with them. The optimism for the future was infectious.
It’s been noted that ‘without plumbing, there is no civilisation’. We take for granted that we have running clean water and sewers to remove our excrement from our environment. Letting excrement build up in one location is a sure-fire way for disease to spread, and we have billions of dollars’ worth of infrastructure to remove and treat sewage to keep everyone healthy. It’s easily summed up in a simple imperative: Don’t shit where you eat.
These days a new type of excretion is contaminating our environment. As they breathe, Covid19-infected individuals shed viral particles everywhere they go – filling the air with trillions of pathogens that could infect anyone who inhales them.
With Jobkeeper back on the table, it’s once again a good time to talk about how we should deal with welfare as a country.
We hand out cash freely to some people, while we plague others with fraudulent debt notices that may cripple financially, with dire ultimate consequences.
There is a case to be made for a universal basic income (UBI) – an unconditional payment to everyone that ensures the basics of life are catered for. It may give people security to leave a bad situation, or freedom to pursue a new future. No conditions means no bureaucracy, which improves productivity and efficiency, and the universal nature of UBI means even conservatives can get on board.
But how to afford such a payment? Surely giving away free money would blow the budget?
On occasion, we are asked ‘What’s the deal with the Science Party logo?’
Is it just some cubes stacked together?
It’s more than that. It takes a lot of the things we value in the party, and condenses them into a single icon.
In this blog post:
- Financial report, June 2019–July 2020
- Leader's report for the 12 months to November 2020
The financial figures below were delivered in the Treasurer's Report by Michael Maroske, and the Leader's Report delivered by Andrea Leong, at the Science Party's Annual General Meeting on 19 November 2020, online.
In a welcome break from the stream of coronavirus news that has gripped us all this year, the media itself has become the focus of an emerging contest between Australian media outlets and online platforms of Facebook and Google.
The Science Party is calling for the establishment of an Australian CDC. Read the policy here.
If you've watched Steven Soderbergh's 2011 film Contagion, you could almost imagine it as a trailer for 2020. Our heroes at the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) struggle to contain a deadly virus ravaging the US and the world, wreaking havoc and sparking civil unrest in its path. Using contact tracing and widespread quarantine, and fighting wild conspiracy theories along the way, they develop a vaccine to halt the devastation.
Dr James Jansson has PhD in mathematical modelling of HIV epidemiology from UNSW and is the Science Party candidate for Eden-Monaro.
Today I make public my call for masks to be made a legal requirement as part of the social distancing rules in situations where many people congregate together. This move is to save lives and save the economy. It will greatly increase most freedoms through prevention of spread of COVID-19.