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  • Is your sugar tax policy based in evidence?

    Posted by · November 23, 2016 11:27 AM

    The Grattan Institute published a report yesterday that outlines the massive cost of obesity and suggest a soft-drink tax to combat it. The Greens have a policy that endorses the proposal, and it has been tried elsewhere in the world. But will it work?

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  • The firm that audited the NSW election also donated $123,528 to the Liberals

    Posted by · October 04, 2016 8:00 AM

    PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) fashions itself as an independent auditor of choice, but with PWC donating $123,528 to the Liberal Party (‘Big four accounting firms political donations rise’, AFR), independence cannot be assured. This is particularly concerning, as PWC was responsible for the independent audit of the electronic voting system used in the 2015 NSW election.

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  • Submission to the Inquiry into the 2016 Census

    Posted by · September 21, 2016 10:12 PM

    Download this submission:
    Submission to the Inquiry into the 2016 Census (PDF, 122 KB, 21 September 2016)

    The Science Party cares about the right to privacy as well as good data collection. The 2016 Census threatened both of these ideals with the introduction of dataset matching, leaving respondents vulnerable to having their data re-identified. Download our submission to the Inquiry into the 2016 Census above and see all of our blog posts on the subject.

  • Submission to the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap Capability Issues Paper

    Posted by · September 09, 2016 7:49 PM

    Download this submission: 
    Submission to the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap Capability Issues Paper (PDF, 333 KB, 9 September 2016)

    The Science Party responded to the call for submissions to the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap Capability Issues Paper. The Roadmap is a periodical initiative of the Office of the Chief Scientist that aims to identify research infrastructure priorities.

  • Restore census anonymity

    Posted by · August 19, 2016 6:05 PM

    In 2016, the Australian census was much more intrusive than in previous years. Although not put in place by legislation, we think this deserves a place in the Repeal Watch. The Science Party will destroy all personally-identifying information collected by the census.

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  • Turnbull 'Angry' at ABS when he should be angry at himself

    Posted by · August 11, 2016 10:09 AM

    Cuts to the ABS, a failure to appoint a new head statistician in a timely manner and ministers playing musical chairs are partly to blame for the Census failure. 

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  • Census DDoS: if it is true, show us the statistics

    Posted by · August 10, 2016 5:15 PM

    OPINION

    Update: the ABC this afternoon is reporting this timeline as the official sequence of events. More information, e.g. about the precise volume of hits, would be better but it is good to see more transparency around the census.

    Last night, the online Census went down, and most people were unable to fill out their forms. The ABS claims that it was DDoSed. That means that it received lots of requests from computers all at once that took the service offline.

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  • Census 2016: why the privacy assurances from the ABS are not good enough

    Posted by · August 08, 2016 4:38 PM

    A concerned user of the online link aggregator Reddit recently highlighted some issues with the way the Australian Bureau of Statistics intends to link your personal data across other government databases. In addition, an article posted today by former Deputy Privacy Commissioner of NSW, Anna Johnston, outlines her reasons for boycotting the 2016 census. This led us to question some of the methods the ABS may be intending to use and how they might be of concern and in the public interest.

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  • Census 2016: Will collecting names result in bad data?

    Posted by · August 04, 2016 11:28 PM

    By Andrea Leong and James Jansson

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    From 2016, the Australian Bureau of Statistics will retain all names and addresses collected in the census. The ABS quietly announced these plans in November 2015 and made the change after a 3-week consultation process. The fact that this change was made so quickly and so quietly is concerning in itself. The announcement has since spiralled into a public relations nightmare.

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  • Dear Scientists

    Posted by · July 14, 2016 8:37 AM

    Dear scientists: Join a political party.

    In the wake of the 2016 federal election we ask that you, as scientists, join a political party and at the very least join the political discussion. We're not asking you to join the Science Party in particular (although that would be great!), but any party. What we want more scientific discussion in parliament and the community. We need your voice!

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