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  • Australian Media & The Internet

    In a welcome break from the stream of coronavirus news that has gripped us all this year, the media itself has become the focus of an emerging contest between Australian media outlets and online platforms of Facebook and Google.

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  • COVID-19: A Fatal Lack of Foresight

    The Science Party is calling for the establishment of an Australian CDC. Read the policy here.

    If you've watched Steven Sodenbergh's 2011 film Contagion, you could almost imagine it as a trailer for 2020. Our heroes at the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) struggle to contain a deadly virus ravaging the US and the world, wreaking havoc and sparking civil unrest in its path. Using contact tracing and widespread quarantine, and fighting wild conspiracy theories along the way, they develop a vaccine to halt the devastation.

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  • NSW wage freeze shows Liberals are bad economic managers

    Pausing public sector wages will depress the economy and make the recovery slower. 

    Gladys Berejiklian said all public sector wages will be frozen for 12 months, claiming "Every spare dollar we have and every dollar we don't have currently we need to spend in health and obviously also in jobs and job security." [1]

    But by cutting already-agreed wage increases, the government is doing the opposite of spending on "jobs and job security".

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  • PM: Meet with fire chiefs, and decarbonise

    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.

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    Andrea Leong at a Sydney climate and bushfire rally, 11 December 2019. From Instagram.

     

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  • Leader's Report 2019

    This Leader's Report was delivered at the Science Party's Annual General Meeting on Thursday 21st November, 2019.

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    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.

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  • A Win for Science Party Policy

    In the lead-up to the federal election we announced a bold and forward thinking policy to drastically increase the amount of renewables in Australia. A simple idea: ~ 800% renewables ~

     

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  • The Science Party Space Policy

    Falcon_9_COTS_Demo_F1_Launch.jpgThe Science Party is the only party in Australian politics with a Space Policy and vision of the future where we take advantage of the potential rewards of investing in scientific research.

    The Science Party Space Policy has been developed to take the best ideas from the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) National Committee for Space Science (NCSS), who have studied it, and who know how best Australia can be a part of it.

    The three core ideas of our Space Policy are:

    1. Create an Australian Space Agency, ASTRA
    2. The Woomera launch facility
    3. Adopt expert recommendations from the National Committee for Space Science.
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  • NSW Greens rent price caps won't work- and might make it harder to rent

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    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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  • The federal budget – our response so far

    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

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    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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