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 Sodenbergh'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.
The Science Party does not have a formal position on the brumbies in the Kosciuszko National Park, however the Science Party has the following policies:
- Environmental protection policy, in particular the commitment to protecting our native forests
- Our strong animal welfare policy
My personal position is that there is evidence that brumbies cause some environmental harm to the national park, and as such control measures are appropriate. Doing so in a humane way should be considered. I believe that current attempts to relocate the horses to controlled farm environments are appropriate, especially where individuals may find it economically viable or personally fulfilling to do so. I am not opposed to shooting the animals, however it should be done in the most humane way possible to minimise suffering.
Mask use was high, making COVID-19 transmission risk low
There's been a lot of outrage about attending a protest during an epidemic. While it is tempting to simply point out that shopping centres, parks and beaches were similarly packed on that day, there is something that the #BlackLivesMatter protesters did better than average Australians.
They overwhelmingly wore masks.
You should too, because they work, and could help us eliminate COVID-19.
Pausing public sector wages will depress the economy and make the recovery slower.
Gladys Berejiklian said all public sector wages will be frozen for 12 months, claiming "Every spare dollar we have and every dollar we don't have currently we need to spend in health and obviously also in jobs and job security." 
But by cutting already-agreed wage increases, the government is doing the opposite of spending on "jobs and job security".
"I'm running in this election because it is one of the most important of our generation. Years of cuts to science, cuts to the welfare system and misplaced national security laws are actively being put to the test right now. The Liberal Party's status quo for running the country has been shown to be inhumane and insufficient, and the Labor Party has found itself to be an uninspiring opposition".
A lot of people are promoting the idea of using the COVIDSafe app, but its efficacy is likely to be weak and it won't stop you from getting sick, only help prevent you spreading to others. Current hygiene, social distancing, testing and contact tracing are likely to be the most effective way to stop this epidemic.
These are the Science Party's policy recommendations as of 22nd March, 2020. As the situation changes, so will our response.