"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.
In this video, our initial advice response to the COVID-19 pandemic is to look after each other by practising physical social distancing, and not to panic but to take this seriously as an unfolding public health issue of great concern. We will be updating our responses at the situation changes.
Video: Go Hard, Go Early, And Look After Each Other
We need to get a baseline on the true community infection mortality rate by performing experiments immediately. With multiple high-profile confirmed COVID19 infections (including politicians, sports stars and actors), but tiny confirmed community infections in the US, UK and Australia, it is quite possible that the reported community infection rate is much, much lower than the true rate. The community rate could be 10X, 100X or maybe even 1000X the currently reported levels due largely to the lack of testing.
Pick a year at random and read the forecasts about the economy:
"Budget to return to surplus as economic growth predicted to accelerate"
What great economic managers we have, if only their predictions were correct.
If you've ever said something like "we should change the date of Australia day" or "we should change our flag", you've almost certainly rubbed up against people who claim that you hate Australia.
I don't hate Australia. Quite the opposite.
My social media feeds are an outpouring of humanity and grief. Offers of spare rooms for evacuated residents, fundraisers, rage at the lack of coordination and empathy from those who command resources.
Our federal government must admit that this fire season is unprecedented and made more unpredictable by human-induced climate change—otherwise it condemns us to this being the new normal.
In this blog post, I try to not dwell for too long on the federal government's response to the bushfires, and point out the crisis is in fact unprecedented.
My conclusion is that prime minister Scott Morrison must meet immediately with former fire chiefs who have been requesting a meeting since April 2019. Share this demand on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.
Andrea Leong at a Sydney climate and bushfire rally, 11 December 2019. From Instagram.
This Leader's Report was delivered at the Science Party's Annual General Meeting on Thursday 21st November, 2019.
What a year for the Science Party, my first as the leader of the party with the best policies in Australia. Since our last AGM, the first six months were spent hurtling towards an election, and the second six months have involved a lot of introspection and planning for the Science Party.