• NSW Greens rent price caps won't work- and might make it harder to rent

    Posted by · February 05, 2015 2:28 PM


    The key to cheaper housing is more supply, not rent controls.

    The NSW Greens have demonstrated how differently they see the housing market to the Future Party. Today they have announced policy, including increased rights for renters (good) and rent price increase caps (really, really bad). We've had a generation of Greens councillors preventing redevelopment, which pushes up prices by limiting supply of new housing. Now they want to prevent rental price increases from rising above the rate of inflation.

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  • Hockey worried people might live to 150YO - cuts Medicare to induce earlier mortality

    Posted by · January 20, 2015 3:33 PM

    Medicare.pngJoe Hockey has justified the cuts to Medicare rebates, by saying that people born today may live to 150. The Future Party is also optimistic about the life expectancy of people into the future. However, for life expectancy to increase, two things must occur: increases in health care provision and increases scientific research. This government seems intent on making cuts to both these areas, something that puts the notion of extended life at risk.

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  • Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

    Posted by · September 26, 2014 3:10 PM

    Its a question about as old as talking about government, politics and the security of the state. Who will watch over the watchers themselves? The Abbott government's answer, apparently, is no one.

    The Coalition, ALP and PUP have combined in the Senate today to pass legislation that among other changes grants ASIO extraordinary new powers to declare a "special intelligence operation" - exempting its agents from obeying nearly every Australian law, and making it a crime for whistle-blowers and journalists to report. This effectively eradicates, in some circumstances, two of the major checks and balances on the powers granted to intelligence community - namely, the rule of law, and potential disclosure. The removal of these safeguards is especially troubling in light of the totally inadequate response to recent alleged abuses of powers justified in the name of national security, such as the ongoing pursuit of the former ASIS agent who disclosed spying on East Timor by Australia apparently conducted for the sake of an advantage in trade negotiations.


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  • Industry Minister proves he’s no substitute for a dedicated Science Minister

    Posted by · August 13, 2014 10:56 PM

    Albert_Einstein_Head.jpgThe Industry Minister, Ian Macfarlane, has proven again why we need a dedicated Science Minister: he doesn't understand how science works. He recently gave a speech in which he argued that scientific grants should be based on number of patents awarded, because in his view this will create jobs. This demonstrates a failure to grasp two critical concepts: the difference between scientific research and patentable inventions, and the reason why we fund science using taxes.

    Scientific research is quite different to technological research, despite being intimately related. In particular, only inventions are patentable; discoveries are not. When we think of great scientists, we generally think of Einstein first. Einstein's theories were not patentable, because they were discoveries of the natural universe, explored using novel mathematical ideas. None of these count as inventions for the purposes of patent law.

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  • Lockout laws fail to curb violence

    Posted by · July 24, 2014 12:00 PM

    Exclusive data obtained and analysed by the Future Party has revealed that, in addition to damaging Sydney’s international reputation and tarnishing the city’s nightlife culture, the Coalition government’s lockout laws have failed to achieve their objective of a reduction in alcohol-related violence. In fact, not only has the policy exacerbated the very issue it exists to diminish, but has also coincided with a spike in the number of alcohol related assaults and accidents outside of licensed premises.

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  • The federal budget – our response so far

    Posted by · June 29, 2014 12:00 PM

    We’d like to take a moment to summarise The Future Party’s response to this year’s Federal Budget.

    Prior even to the budget itself, rumours and early announcements of cuts to research prompted our Fund Our Future campaign, culminating successfully in the Rally for Research at Sydney Town Hall – and we will, of course, continue to make the vital case for the government to prioritise science and innovation in the weeks, months and years ahead. We have been and continue to be staunch opponents of the government’s agenda to dismantle all meaningful action to reduce carbon emissions, in blatant disregard of the science on climate change – and indeed, we go further than any other party in our consistently strong stance on this issue, whether its our support for fuel excise indexation or for renewable-enabling smart grids and nuclear energy research. Likewise we are long standing advocates of more generous tax and welfare treatment for low income Australians, rather than the cruelarbitrary cuts favoured by the government.

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  • A challenge to the Greens and the Labor Party

    Posted by · April 30, 2014 12:00 PM


    Abbott’s deficit levy has been widely panned by all kinds, from business, to Liberal backbenchers, to the Labor Party and even The Greens. This is incredible considering the nature of the levy: it is a progressive tax. Yes, I just called an Abbott policy progressive. The tax disproportionately impacts the wealthy, and the overwhelming majority of the population will have no additional taxes to pay.

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  • Response to the NSW Premier’s Resignation

    Posted by · April 16, 2014 12:00 PM

    The Future Party strongly supports the ongoing efforts of the Independent Commission Against Corruption to clean up the political culture in NSW. As Premier Barry O’Farrell noted in his press conferences yesterday and today, it is vital that people cooperate with the efforts of the ICAC and other bodies seeking to stamp out institutionalised corruption in all its forms. It is also vital that our political leaders hold themselves to the highest possible standards of integrity.

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  • Submission to the Inquiry into the 2013 Federal Election

    Posted by · April 11, 2014 6:27 PM

    Download this submission:
    Submission to the Inquiry into and report on all aspects of the conduct of the 2013 Federal Election and matters related thereto (PDF, 175 KB, 12 April 2014)

    Our submission to this inquiry argued that the Group Voting Ticket system for Senate voting needed reform. It incentivised the registration of non-serious parties and complicated preference deals not based on values or issues.

    We also argued that simply making party registration more difficult would harm democracy. Establishing a new political party is no mean feat, especially when political party membership is uncommon in Australia (in 2010, only about 1% of Labor voters were signed-up party members).

    We recommended an above-the-line voting system for the Senate ballot, which was indeed the solution implemented before the 2016 federal election.

    Our assertion, along with two other small parties, that the 4% primary vote threshold for public funding is a barrier to entry was noted in the JSCEM's final report to the inquiry. This point was summarily dismissed on the basis that it was raised only a few minor parties.

    Read the text of the submission below.

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  • Fund our Future: Rally for Research

    Posted by · March 19, 2014 12:00 PM

    Today the Future Party is announcing the “Fund our Future: Rally for Research” campaign to encourage increased funding of Australia’s research institutions. The government’s drastic cuts to funding will damage Australia’s academic research sector. The campaign will include a petition and will culminate in a rally on the 3rd of May in the lead up to the budget announcement.

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