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  • Liberal's space plan contains no funding for space- ours does

    Posted by · October 26, 2015 8:18 PM

    Malcolm Turnbull has announced a review of the regulations governing space activity to stimulate the space industry. The problem is, it contains no funding for space research. We need funding for space to ensure that there is expertise retained in Australia. Without stable jobs, those in the space industries will continue to leave Australia for other countries.

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  • 8 reasons the government’s cashless welfare proposal is a really bad idea

    Posted by · October 25, 2015 1:09 PM

    The federal government is considering introducing a cashless welfare system, with a trial to be run in the South Australian town of Ceduna. Cashless welfare is inherently discriminatory and generally just a very bad idea. There are a number of models, but they can be broadly lumped into two categories: opt-in, and opt-out. Opt-in would mean that only authorised outlets would be able to process the payments, whereas an opt-out system would force companies that provide undesirable services (such as alcohol) to register as not being able to receive such transactions. Opt-out is a better option, but it still has many problems.

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  • Future Party Newsletter Oct 2015

    Posted by · October 22, 2015 10:22 AM

    There have been lots of exciting updates in the Future Party. In brief:

    • Future Party Re-registered
    • Amendment to the Party’s Constitution
    • New executive members
    • Membership fee
    • Meeting Thursday 22/10/2015 in Sydney: Winning Joe Hockey’s seat
    • AGM Thursday 26/11/2015
    • Want to help? Donate and volunteer now!

    Future Party Re-registered
    The AEC recently confirmed the Future Party as being eligible to run in the upcoming election. Thank you to all the members who joined and everyone who helped with the submission to the AEC. Now to take Australia into the future with the Future Party!

    Amendment to the Party’s Constitution
    The Future Party amended the Party’s constitution at the recent special general meeting in September.

    The main change to the constitution is the expansion of the Executive to 7 members (previously 4).Other changes included the removal of minor errors, improvements to clarity and amendments to make the administration of the party simpler, more democratic and reduce the risk of unintended consequences.

    The wording of the Special Resolution, which outlines the changes and includes the full text of the new constitution, can be found here.

    New executive members
    As a result of the new constitution, we have three new executive members:

    Andrea Leong
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    Andrea Leong is the Future Party’s Policy Officer. She has been managing reviewing and developing policy. Andrea is currently studying towards a PhD in Microbiology at the Brien Holden Vision Institute at UNSW.

    Andrea Finno
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    Andrea Finno is the Future Party’s Registered Officer and IT Officer. He was instrumental in revamping the Future Party’s website and getting the party re-registered.

    Wayne Eddy
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    Wayne Eddy is the Future Party’s Victoria Coordinator. He has worked hard to get the party started in Melbourne and we welcome our first interstate executive member. He set up the Local Government & Municipal Knowledge Base in 2008 to encourage and enable Local Councils to share information and would like to see similar initiatives at all levels of government.

    Membership fee

    The Future Party will be introducing an annual membership fee from the 28th of October. The Future Party doesn’t get electoral funding from the government and relies on the generosity of its members to keep us afloat. You will not pay the membership fee until your membership is up for renewal. The rates are:

    • $52/year (equivalent to $1/week) for people earning under $50,000/year
    • $104/year (equivalent to $2/week) for people earning over $50,000/year

    The Executive can also grant you free membership if you feel you cannot pay for the membership fee. Email memberships@futureparty.org.au and briefly let us know your circumstance (e.g. “I’m currently a student”, “I’m currently unemployed” etc) and we will consider you for free membership.

    Meeting Thursday 22/10/2015 in Sydney: Winning Joe Hockey’s seat
    This Thursday the Future Party will be discussing the North Sydney by-election. Joe Hockey will be resigning from parliament. His seat will become vacant and there will be a by-election. The Future Party is intending to run in this election. Come along on Thursday night to discuss strategy and campaign ideas.

    6:30PM, Thursday 22nd October
    Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts
    280 Pitt Street, Sydney, Australia 2000

    RSVP via e-mail or via Facebook.

    AGM Thursday 26/11/2015 in Sydney
    We'll be sending out a formal invite soon, but keep this date in your diary free. 

    Thanks for your continued support and we hope to see you at some of the upcoming events.

  • About the Repeal Watch

    Posted by · October 21, 2015 5:29 PM

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    This page contains a list of legislation that the Science Party wants to see repealed either because of fundamental disagreement or concerns with the bill as it was passed. The following will be addressed in the near future:

    • National Secrecy Laws
    • Copyright Filter
    • Border Force Act
    • Mandatory Sentencing
    • Anti-protest Laws
    • Lockout Laws (NSW Liquor Act)

    Send us an email if you have suggestions for more points, or if you want to write a submission for a Repeal Watch item.

  • Winning Joe Hockey's seat: Future Party Meeting

    Posted by · October 19, 2015 8:02 PM

    This Thursday the Future Party will be discussing the North Sydney by-election. Joe Hockey will be resigning from parliament. His seat will become vacant and there will be a by-election. The Future Party is intending to run in this election. Come along on Thursday night to discuss strategy and campaign ideas.

    6:30PM, Thursday 22nd October
    Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts
    280 Pitt Street, Sydney, Australia 2000

    RSVP via e-mail or via Facebook.

  • Mandatory Data Retention - Repeal Watch

    Posted by · October 13, 2015 8:00 AM

    The Science Party will overturn this costly, risky, intrusive and poorly-supported legislation.

    Today is the day that all Australians give up their privacy. Records will be kept of all websites you visit, and all communications you have with others. We are entering a period like no other: where any misstep made will be recorded, and the government and staff members of various government bodies will have access to this information without requiring a warrant from a judge.

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  • Why I have a VPN

    Posted by · October 12, 2015 8:27 PM

    Reddit user PrimaxAUS has stated several reasons why they use a VPN, and why we all should be worried about mandatory data retention. 

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  • Malcolm Turnbull stop metadata retention NOW

    Posted by · October 09, 2015 8:20 PM

    Act now! Tweet to get Malcolm Turnbull's attention. 

    Malcolm Turnbull is currently in the position of endorsing privacy and democracy destroying laws, while simultaneously believing that they will be completely ineffective against preventing serious crime.  The metadata retention scheme comes into effect on the 13th of October, which will see records of all your Internet-based activity recorded for two years.

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  • The Solution to Domestic Violence is not Traditional Gender Roles

    Posted by · October 05, 2015 5:49 PM

    OPINION

    The Liberal party's recent announcement about domestic violence funding was led by Malcolm Turnbull arguing strongly for respecting women. I couldn't help but feel that the arguments made were very traditionalist and gender role enforcing. On last week’s QandA we saw the worst of this opinion. Barnaby Joyce argued that we should return to days of old where men should open doors for women. I believe that this opinion ignores the causes of domestic violence and the history of domestic violence that extends far into the past.

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  • Marriage Amendment Act - Repeal Watch

    Posted by · September 28, 2015 8:27 PM

    Prior to 2004, the marriage act didn't specifically state that marriage could only be between a man and a woman. The Marriage Amendment Act 2004 explicitly defined marriage in Australia as being between one man and one woman, as opposed to the previous definition, "between two people". The amendment also prescribes that same-sex marriages solemnised overseas will not be recognised by Australian law. The Science Party will repeal this explicitly discriminatory piece of legislation.

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