Sydney Candidates Forum

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to attend the Sydney Candidates Forum where Labor's Tanya Plibersek, the Greens' Matt Thompson, and I, told a packed room of locals our visions for the future.

We covered climate change, corruption, and housing issues, as well as various questions from the floor.
Read on to hear my thoughts...

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The road ahead and our path on it

By Andrea Leong, Science Party Leader

I was at the School Strike for Climate when I heard the devastating news from Christchurch. It was a clash of the best and worst of humanity. We heard more throughout the day, with the death toll finally reported at 49. Dozens of lives lost to violence fuelled by white supremacist ideology.

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It's no yolk: Egging shows the high risk of pollies endorsing violence

It was only an egg, thankfully. Politicians routinely interact with large numbers of people. They aren't all background checked and security scanned. Some of those people hold grudges. It's a good thing that the public can walk up to a pollie and have a go, speak their mind and make for interesting news. 

 

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Response to the Christchurch shooting

Our deepest sympathies are with everyone affected by Friday's terror attack in Christchurch.

The Science Party condemns the violent actions of the shooter, and we commend the professional response from the New Zealand police and government during and after the attack.

We support the evidence-based call to not share the shooter's video or manifesto, and call on the media to refrain from sensationalism.

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The Medevac Bill and what comes next

The medical evacuation bill has passed both houses of parliament, and that's a good thing for the people who are currently detained on Manus Island or Nauru. Many thanks to the activists who kept this issue constantly in the public eye.

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Sovereign Risk

Chris Bowen has finally provided some certainty in Labor’s stance on stopping the Adani coal mine: “Not on my watch,” he said, fearing sovereign risk; as though it were the one political frontier we can never cross. But that horse has long since bolted.

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Corporate Donations Policy

Today the Science Party announces its new policy on accepting corporate donations.

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Quid-Pro-Quo

The latin phrase ‘quid-pro-quo’ refers to an exchange of something of value, for something else in return. You may often hear this in legal arguments, often when discussing potential corruption, but there is a murky area where companies and political entities intersect.

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Comments on the Assistance and Access Bill

Download this submission:
Comments on the Assistance and Access Bill 2018 (PDF, 162 KB, 10 September 2018)

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Report of the outgoing Leader, James Jansson

The beginning

Six years ago, I was overseas in Europe, travelling largely by myself which gave me a long time to think. I was thinking about the report that I had just given at a Glasgow conference, which focused heavily on longevity. In this case, I was showing that people with HIV were living a long time and that currently available treatments were largely sufficient to treat those with HIV into old age.

 

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