Australian Academy of Science - Government changes to temporary visa arrangements

Below is email sent to the Australian Academy of Science from Anna-Maria Arabia  Chief Executive.

On Tuesday 18 April the Prime Minister announced changes to Australia’s temporary visa rules and more specifically to the 457 visa subclasses. If implemented, these changes are likely to have unintended consequences for the STEM sector and I am aware that this is a cause for concern for many Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science.

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Submission to the Inquiry into Access to Telecommunications Data in Civil Proceedings

Download this submission:
Submission to the Inquiry into Access to Telecommunications Data in Civil Proceedings (PDF, 136 KB, 27 January 2017).

In January 2017, the Attorney General's department called for submissions on the proposed use of telecommunications metadata in civil proceedings. Our submission was one of 262, including 60 from anonymous individuals.

The Science Party aims to overturn this legislation entirely, to end mandatory data retention, so it should be no surprise that we argued against extending the use of retained metadata to civil cases. Submissions to this inquiry were overwhelmingly in opposition to opening up the data for these purposes.

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You might face blackouts today and it will be because of policy failure

The Australian Energy Market Operator says Sydney could face blackouts as it enters 3 days of intense heat. The reason for this is that air-conditioners will be turned on as people arrive home and there is insufficient electric generator capacity. 

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Submission to the draft Marriage Equality bill

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Submission to the Commonwealth Government’s exposure draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill (PDF, 130 KB, 13 January 2017).

The Science Party is proud of its involvement in the push for marriage equality in Australia. Our latest effort is this submission which argues that civil celebrants should not have the right to refuse to perform a marriage on the basis that a couple is not made up of one man and one woman.

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We’re half-way between Australia’s real birthday and its fake one

You probably think that Australia day is Australia’s birthday. The problem is, it isn’t. When the First Fleet landed, they declared Sydney Cove, not Australia.



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Snapshot of a national census - the Senate's Report on the 2016 Census

The Senate Economics Reference Committee has released its report on the 2016 Census, available for download here. The Science Party made a submission to this inquiry in September last year (see it and the rest of our Census 2016 blog posts here).

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Leader's Report 2016: A year of reflection, change and success

You can also read this as a PDF.

North Sydney By-Election
Changing name to the Science Party
Federal Election 2016
Luke James - Melbourne City Council Elections
    Voting changes submissions
NSW Branch
    NSW Branch Leader - Andrea Leong
    Inaugural NSW Branch Meeting
    NSW Branch Goal December 2016: 100 members
    NSW Branch Goal December 2017 goal: 750 members

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Science Party AGM 2016 Minutes

Date: November 24, 2016

Meeting Opened at 6:43pm


Video of the AGM
Treasurer's report

Leader's report

Note that both reports were accepted in their verbal form. 

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The Greens finally re-adopt Science Party's dank drugs policy

The Greens have finally reversed their blanket opposition to deciminalisation and legalisation of drugs. Decriminalisation of drugs has been a Science Party policy since 2013 when we formed. 


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Is your sugar tax policy based in evidence?

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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