The Australian Space Agency has finalised three sets of rules in support of the refreshed Space (Launches and Returns) Act 2018:
the Space (Launches and Returns)(General) Rules 2019, effective immediately;
the Space (Launches and Returns)(High Power Rockets) Rules 2019, effective 30 June 2020; and
the Space (Launches and Returns)(Insurance) Rules 2019, effective immediately.
The finalised Rules, together with refreshes of the Flight Safety Code and the Maximum Probable Loss Methodology, and the Act, have modernised access to and participation in space commerce for local sector participants.
This submission was prepared jointly by the Science Party and Taha Khan, who shares our vision for an effective, competitive space sector.
In June 2019, the Australian Space Agency called for submissions in response to its draft program design for the International Space Investment (ISI) initiative, a program under the Advancing Space: Australian Civil Space Strategy 2019–28 to allocate $15 million in funding over a three year period. Applications are scheduled to open in September 2019.
The consultation sought views on the appropriateness of the initiative's program design and nominated priority counterpart agencies.
Our submission makes specific recommendations that would add transparency and certainty to the funding and application process, the assessment committee's composition, and the government's expected terms with successful applicants. A copy will appear here in full once the Space Agency has considered and published the submissions.
With approval for Adani’s Carmichael mine imminent, and a surge in support for renewable alternatives, a simple hypothetical arises:
What if the Adani mine site were covered with solar panels instead of holes?
To be clear, digging holes is part of Australian life1, and the special dirt that comes out can help keep our nation prosperous, but while some types of this dirt will remain important into the future2, some may contribute to catastrophe.3
The senate count is still underway, but the shape of our incoming government is clear. We've all read plenty of hot takes and the analysis will continue for some time.
Right now, I want to thank everyone who contributed to the Science Party's 2019 federal election campaign. It was a protracted effort immediately following the NSW state election and a rash of by-elections.
The Science Party recognises the inherent dignity and worth of all human beings and believes that everyone holds the same inalienable human rights. We believe that these rights are essential in an inclusive, democratic society, and that these rights should be formalised into law to ensure that they are protected and upheld.
Both Labor and Liberal Parties have committed to schemes that will likely cause the cost of housing to go up, not down.
Today the Liberals announced they would offer loan guarantees such that first-home buyers could buy houses with only 5% of the deposit without having to pay for borrower's insurance. Labor quickly followed suit.