Science by the people, for the people

Our newest policy formalises our support for universal access to publicly-funded research.

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Submission to the NSW draft Electoral Bill 2017

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Submission to the NSW draft Electoral Bill 2017 (PDF, 253 KB, 17 September 2017)

This submission was prepared jointly with Flux, who share some of our frustration with the current NSW state political party registration system.

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Device access laws increase national security risk

New device access laws proposed by the government increase national security risk by increasing the attack surface for hacking on all devices.

The implementation of this law will create one of the world's largest reservoir of high-value security holes for hackers to take advantage of in terms of obtaining access to personal devices. It will be hard to control access to exploits and the networks of the AFP, ASIO and other policing bodies when so much valuable information can be obtained by hijacking a single law enforcement agency.

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You could face 10 years in gaol because you surf the web

A law that requires individuals to produce decryption keys for encrypted data could send innocent people to jail, because it is hard to tell the difference between encrypted data and white noise. The government wants to increase the penalty for not providing decryption keys to law enforcement from 2 to up to 10 years. 

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Illegal access to our data by law enforcement needs to be prosecuted

Telecommunications metadata was illegally accessed almost as soon as the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill came into force. Now the government wants new powers to force companies to put in back-doors into electronic devices, and it puts all of us at risk. 

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Government back-doors in our phones threaten democracy

There is a chilling effect when people are spied upon. This effect extends to when people know there is even a small possibility that they could be spied upon.

The government wants to introduce new laws that could compel device makers to build back-doors that grant the government full access to devices they successfully get warrants for. This act effectively renders all electronic devices compromised from the perspective of keeping information secret from the currently ruling party, or any future ruling party.

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Electronic Health Records must work for the user

The Science Party is a strong proponent of electronic health records, for their great potential to save lives and improve quality of life when used well. But this doesn't mean the Australian public should accept a high level of risk in return. 

We've updated our electronic health records policy to detail some requirements around privacy, security and best practice.

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Autonomous Weapons

The history of humans killing humans is as old as humanity. Perhaps that's why we have long-standing legal frameworks for dealing with such actions in their myriad forms. Our laws define when it is permissible to kill a person—for example in self-defence, or by the authorised use of lethal force in war or in the course of police operations.

But we are unprepared for machines making critical decisions in killing humans. The Science Party has written its Autonomous Weapons policy in order to deal with this reality.

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Thank you for your support in Longman

The elections have finally concluded and the voters in Longman have had their preferences heard. To our volunteers and supporters in Longman I want to extend a heartfelt thank you.

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Thank you for your support in Perth

The by-elections have now wrapped up and the votes have been counted.

This was the Science Party's first venture into Western Australia, but it is clear that when people hear our message they are excited about sensible policy and a more aspirational vision for the future.

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