A review into religious freedom announced late last year was explicitly linked to concerns raised during the marriage equality debate. Should bakers be able to refuse to bake cakes for gay weddings without the risk of legal repercussions? We suggest not.
The Science Party made a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral matters with regards to the 2016 federal election. These recommendations were made with aims of protecting the safety of individuals, levelling the playing field for all political parties and independent candidates, maintaining the integrity of the voting system, and enforcing transparency in government.
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.