As an Industrial designer and maker, I believe in creating better user experiences and trying to improve and fix things whenever I can.
I completed a Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours) at the University of New South Wales, with industry experience in creating packaging for businesses based in Australia and overseas. While studying at UNSW, I helped create the solar cars, eVe and VIolet, that travelled across Australia, and was part of the Timekeeper and Harmony Valley display projects for the 2018 VIVID Sydney festival.
I have been living in the Campsie area in Sydney's inner west since I was young.
Australia's future lies in innovating in new and proven technologies. I believe Australia should be amongst the world's leading nations in technologies and progress. I believe we can do better.
I am a lawyer with my own practice based in Sydney's inner west, and my clients include high tech startups, not for profits, and families of all types. From a very young age I've been motivated by a strong sense of justice, which is what led me to practising law.
I believe in finding better solutions to big problems by looking at the relevant evidence and making decisions with a long term view.
I listen to many points of view and look at issues holistically. If someone is willing to talk and to listen, about any difficult subject, I am also willing to talk and to listen.
I'm inspired by leaders whose actions are guided by principles and integrity, who are able to reach consensus and to influence positive and just change, not just political expediency.
I joined the Science Party because I believe in creating a better future by investing in research and education, focussing on people and the health of the whole community, and promoting and protecting an environment that can sustain us well into the future.
Eve Slavich is a statistician at the University of New South Wales, providing consulting to academics and students across all disciplines. She has a PhD in ecological statistics. Eve was also a Senate candidate for the Science Party in 2016.
"I'm running as a Science Party candidate for the senate because I want to fix Australia's future, and the future of my children.
We think investment in science and technology research industries is the path to solving the complex problems Australia faces and improving our quality of life. The health enjoyed by my kids is the result of billions of hours of research and innovation, and I want Australia to have a great economy built on knowledge industries and great quality of life.
I'm sick to the core of inaction on climate change. An emissions trading scheme and a policy is to make Australia a renewable energy exporter, transitioning to 800% renewables aims to prevent catastrophic climate change.
Solutions require people supported by world class infrastructure and education, and we will build high speed rail from Brisbane to Melbourne, promote density and build a charter city.
Globally, Australians are amongst the most privileged people and I strongly believe we have a moral right to offer the opportunities of our country to more people. Acknowledging concerns about environmental sustainability and population growth; we actually know that the global population is expected to peak in our children's lifetime due to the link between health, women's rights and birth rates and this is accelerated by migration. People are smart and with a government that values innovation and science, we will find solutions.
Those of us in the Science Party are concerned about encroachments on civil liberties in this country, which is why Australia needs a bill of rights, whistle blower protection and a federal ICAC.
Further, Science party has policies for genuine economic reform, like abolishing the capital gains tax discount, replacing stamp duty with land tax and removing superannuation tax loopholes, doing the right thing to build an egalitarian society.
We have a great team, led by Andrea Leong, with a comprehensive and evidence-based policy platform, and we need your vote on election day. In NSW, vote #1 Science in the Senate for your future."
I was born in Newcastle, NSW and spent my early childhood on the southern shores of lake Macquarie; the second eldest of seven.
I have worked in the private and public sectors, as well as being a small business owner. The greatest satisfaction in my working life was in being employed on contract for a national program involved in identifying and quantifying problems in Indigenous housing. This work took me across the Top End and into remote communities from Elcho Island to Daly River.
Currently retired, my passions are in researching and writing about Cold War history (I am the author of "Lee Harvey Oswald's Cold War"), music and sport.
This party knows that technology is the driver of the future. We have to ensure it is harnessed for the greater good, not the enrichment of the few.
I also share my colleagues' interest in human rights, social justice and parliamentary reform, among other issues. I want to contribute to bringing ethics and public benefit back into a polity that has been imploding for at least a decade under the burden of self interest and lobbyists.
Peter Furness is a former councillor and deputy mayor of South Sydney. He co-founded Australian Marriage Equality in 2004 and was its convenor from 2004 to 2011. He lives in Sydney with his husband Theo and recently took up cycling to and from work to improve his health and reduce his environmental footprint.
As an engineer, I am driven by curiosity and a belief in innovation and knowledge.
I believe that policy should be separated from ideology, and that we should seek a more thorough understanding of the complexities involved in important decisions; asking the right questions, determining the fundamental issues, questioning assumptions, and evaluating all options, we can arrive at better solutions that provide a healthy and prosperous future for everyone.
Australia should lead the world in high-tech industries, particularly in renewables, agriculture, and health-care, and I will support businesses to develop these technologies and the workers that manufacture them.
Since graduating with Honours in Mechatronics engineering, I have been working in Australian companies producing high-tech products, and with projects that propel Australia's capabilities in world-wide markets, including:
encouraging students to pursue STEM careers by volunteering at the Science and Engineering Challenge across the country,
designing nano-positioners for research into low-cost medical imaging,
developing electronics and software for ultra-high efficiency engines,
designing safety-critical systems for oil-and-gas environments, and
Brendan Clarke works as a systems engineer at the Commonwealth Bank and has a strong interest in science and technology. He has lived in Hornsby Heights for nearly a decade and moved to the area for the educational opportunity for his daughters. He is one of the co-founders of Transhumanism Australia and a co-organiser for the Sydney 2600 meetup group. With interests in virtual and augmented reality, robotics, artificial intelligence and the need for affordable high speed internet, Brendan feels very strongly in the need to invest in science and education along with infrastructure.
Andrea Leong is the Leader of the Science Party and the party's lead candidate for the Senate in NSW. She completed a PhD on antibacterial surfaces at the University of New South Wales in 2016, and then moved into microbiome research. She lives in Sydney's inner west and plays percussion with a few community bands and orchestras.
Andrea joined the Science Party (then the Future Party) in 2014 to support the voices that are too rare in politics. Her expectations of politicians are simple: tell the truth, value people, and respect evidence when making decisions.
Believing in the worth of people means fighting for top-notch public education and healthcare, and providing a safety net when people need it, so that everyone has a decent opportunity to make their life what they want it to be.
Investing in discovery and infrastructure consistently pays dividends. The Science Party has a policy of doubling public research funding, which is often returned three-fold to the economy. A real National Broadband Network and High Speed Rail will link people to services, business opportunities, and each other.
The evidence for human-induced climate change is abundant. Our government's failure to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels is pure negligence.
The evidence for much of Australia's overbearing legislation passed in the name of national security is nonexistent. We oppose these threats to our privacy and civil liberties.
The above must be underpinned by a commitment to good government. An honest public service has nothing to fear from an integrity commission. The Australian government must also enter into treaty negotiations as a step towards reconciliation.
"I'm running in this election to provide a sensible alternative to a failed government and ineffective opposition, neither of whom have a vision for Australia that the public can get behind.
The current government and Labor opposition have spent the last 20 years eating into our rights through national security legislation. This legislation allows the government to hold people without charge, remove citizenship without trial, hack our devices and spy on our every move. It has destroyed the security of our personal devices and critical infrastructure, and hence the laws are themselves a threat to national security.
We're going to build the infrastructure that a modern nation needs. We'll make the changes that are needed to bring our internet up to international standards, build high speed rail and new cities to accommodate our growing population.
The tax system favours people who make their wealth predominantly through capital gains; that is, it favours the wealthy. The Science Party intends to reform the tax system to level the playing field, with reforms to capital gains tax and land tax.
I'm a startup founder and have seen first hand what an uncertain regulatory environment does to startups. The recent crackdown on software startups using the R&D tax incentive reduces spending on research and pushes startups to consider overseas options. I also have a PhD in the Mathematical Modelling of HIV, and I have direct experience of what cuts to the research budget have done to academia in Australia.
We'll bring stability and rationality back to government with a vision to grow our country."