Which political parties will support science and research this election? 18th May 2019

The Science Party

Vision

Our quality of life is improved by the continued application of reason and by scientific discovery.   The Science Party aims to increase the opportunity for individuals and push society towards the pursuit of knowledge for the benefit of all of humanity.  

Science & Technology

·  Double research funding to $18.4bn

·  Create an Australian space agency

·  Legalise driverless car testing

·  Increase health research to end aging.

The Greens

The Greens have a comprehensive Science and Research Policy which is reflected in the Research and Development Platform for this election.  Main features of the platform are to:

·      Put Australia on a pathway to investing 4% of GDP in science, research and innovation by 2030;

·      Make jobs for scientists and researchers more secure;

·      Reverse funding cuts to CSIRO and other public research agencies;

·      Create a ‘Protecting Science’ package - $2.557b boost to the ARC the NHMRC and Cooperative Research Centres over the next decade;

·      Provide $1.054 b to promote health and medical research by supporting the Medical Research Future Fund, four new integrated health research centres and increasing funding for health and medical research;

·      Increase funding to the Research Infrastructure Investment Strategy by $2.177 b over the decade;

·      Research, development and deployment of carbon neutral technologies for manufacturing and industry and R&D to reduce greenhouse emissions from sea and air transport and agriculture;

·      Research, development and deployment of processes aimed at converting renewable energy into exportable resources, eg hydrogen;

·      Support greater commercialisation of Australian research and innovation in Australia by local companies.

 

Other initiatives support university research, international collaboration, open access publishing of Government funded research, women in science, and teacher training in STEM education.  They plan to improve the R&D Tax Incentive by providing a 20% non refundable tax offset for companies that hire STEM PhD or equivalent graduates in their field of expertise.

They also propose the establishment of a Future of Work Commission to examine the impacts of technological innovation and develop strategies for more long term, secure jobs.

 

ALP

Labor has a number of policies at this election which include science initiatives.  Labor’s Plan for Science at the Centre of Government includes a proposal to boost Australia’s investment in research and development to 3% of GDP per annum by 2030.  Other initiatives include to:

·      Establish a Prime Minister’s Science and Innovation Council supported by a National Scientific Expert Panel;

·      Review and strengthen the National Science and Research Priorities, giving the priorities a central role in guiding government investments in innovation, science and research;

·      Legislate to restore the Integrity of the ARC, including a requirement that ministers must table an explanation in Parliament within 15 sitting days of rejecting a recommendation of funding by the Chief Executive of the ARC;

·      Invest more than $100 m into marine science, Including $30 m redevelopment of the ReefHQ in Townsville, more funding for AIMS and the refit of the RV Cape Ferguson science vessel;

·      Redirect the $444m grant that went to the private Great Barrier Reef Foundation without a tender process, to the government reef agencies like AIMS;

·      Support and invest in the Australian Space Agency and the space industry;

·      Kick-start Australia’s hydrogen economy with a $1 b National Hydrogen Plan, including up to $90 m to support research, demonstration and pre-commercial development of hydrogen technologies $3 million to establish the National Hydrogen Innovation Hub in Gladstone;

·      Commit $10 m to boost the capabilities of the CSIRO Climate Science Centre, better coordinate Australian climate science and develop an Australian climate science capability plan;

·      Invest more the $1 b in new environment programs to tackle the extinction crisis and other environment protection needs.

 

Liberal Party

The Liberal Party has announced at least 26 ‘Our Plan’ policies for this election but we have found no plan for science or research and development as such.

 

The Liberal Party does not appear to value science highly as demonstrated by the drastic cuts to CSIRO and other science organisations, particularly climate science, since 2014. 

 

Expenditure on research and development as a percentage of GDP fell from 2.12 per cent in 2011 to 1.92 percent in 2015 (latest data available for Australia from the World Bank).

  

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Appendix

Some other countries R&D expenditure as % of GDP (World Bank data)

Korea                 4.23                    2016

Switzerland      3.37                    2015

Sweden             3.25                    2016

Japan                 3.14                    2016

Germany           2.94                    2016   

United States   2.74                    2016

Norway             2.03                    2016

Netherlands     2.03                    2016

Singapore         2.16                    2014

UK                      1.69                    2016

 

Politics in the Pub - 23rd February 2018 - Sydney

HAROLD PARK HOTEL 70A Ross St. Glebe

Stand up for science and come join us for a drink and a chat about the campaign to save public good research. Dr Maxine McCall will give an update on the Friends of CSIRO campaign and introduce Dr Georgia Miller for the evenings topic of discussion, 'The commercialisation of Health Science'. We would love to see you and all welcome. 

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March for science - 22nd April 2017

On the 22nd April 2017, Friends of CSIRO joined concerned citizens from all over Australia for the global March For Science rallies. The March for Science rallies were held in over 600 cities all across the world, and held on Earth Day. The March for Science rallies were held to celebrate science and acknowledge the contribution of science to our every day lives. The rallies were held to call for evidence-based policymaking, government funding for scientific research, government transparency and government acceptance of the scientific consensus on climate change. Friends of CSIRO were very happy to be a part of this great movement, and hope that our politicians and policymakers recognise the wide community support for public good research and for our wonderful scientific institutions such as CSIRO and many others. 

 

 

 

FORUMS & MEETINGS

 

STAND UP FOR SCIENCE

STOP CSIRO JOB CUTS. INVEST IN SCIENCE

FRIENDS OF CSIRO FILM SCREENING & MEETING FOR SCIENCE WEEK IN CANBERRA

Friends of CSIRO Science Week Meeting: 6pm,
Mon 15th August,
Law Link Theater
Fellows Road. ANU

Film: 7pm – A Fierce Green Fire

Friends of CSIRO will be holding a meeting to set up Friends of CSIRO group in Canberra, followed by a free film screening. 

We would love to see you there - All welcome.

Download pdf flyer here.

 

FRIENDS OF CSIRO FILM SCREENING & MEETING FOR SCIENCE WEEK IN SYDNEY

Friends of CSIRO Science Week Meeting: 6pm,
Wed 17th August,
CPSU offices, Level 7
191-199 Thomas St. Haymarket

Film: 7pm – A Fierce Green Fire

Friends of CSIRO will be holding a meeting to set up Friends of CSIRO group in Sydney, followed by a free film screening. 

Refreshments provided. 

We would love to see you there - All welcome.

Download pdf flyer here.

 

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FORUMS

Friends of CSIRO hosted a very successful forum in Brisbane to discuss: The impacts of the CSIRO cuts on Australia's research capacity, and to outline our campaign strategy in the upcoming election. 

A number of fantastic speakers spoke about the importance of CSIRO and public good research, we heard the politicians in attendance outline their positions regarding the proposed CSIRO job cuts. During this event, the Brisbane division for Friends of CSIRO was established. An altogether successful and enjoyable evening with a whole new bunch of passionate Friends of CSIRO.  

 

 
 

 

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Friends of CSIRO hosted a very successful forum in Queanbeyan, in the marginal seat of Eden Monaro to discuss: The impacts of the CSIRO cuts on Australia's research capacity, and to outline our campaign strategy for the federal election campaign. The venue was packed, and the event resulted in an article in the Canberra Times, quoting Professor Penny Sackett, a former Australian chief scientist, who has stated that the government has a "national and international responsibility" to reverse funding cuts to the CSIRO. See our resources page for the article. 

 
 

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Friends of CSIRO hosted a very successful forum in Sydeny to discuss: The impacts of the CSIRO cuts on Australia's research capacity, and to outline our campaign strategy in the upcoming election. 

 

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Friends of CSIRO hosted a very successful forum in Melbourne on the 12 June. The ALP and the Greens announced their election policies for science and research and we heard from a number of fantastic speakers about the importance of CSIRO and more broadly the continued funding of public good research. We went out for a drink afterwards to a lovely local bar in the CBD, and we even managed to squeeze in a few hugs for Hug-a-Climate-Scientist week!

 
 

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Friends of CSIRO hosted a very successful forum in Hobart on the 24th of May. Several news articles resulted and lots of interest was generated in keeping this issue in the spotlight. 

Some pictures from the event can be seen below. If you would like to have a look at the news articles from the forum, please go to the Resources page. 

 
 

 

 

ACTIONS

PRE-POLL LEAFLETING 

Friends of CSIRO held a number of leafleting events around the country, letting voters know the position that the various political parties had takenin relation to the proposed CSIRO job cuts in the lead up t o the 2016 federal election. If you would like to get involved with future actions and events, please get in touch with your local Friends of CSIRO branch, contact us via our sign up page or on facebook

In the ACT region, Friends of CSIRO were leafletting in the Queanbeyan shopping centre, in the very marginal electorate of Eden Monaro. Leafletting events were also held in Brisbane and in the city of Melbourne at Southern Cross Station, and in the marginal seat of Corangamite.

Friends of CSIRO had a great time leafleting with our friends from the AYCC, 350.org, and the CPSU. 

 

BRANCH MEETINGS

Friends of CSIRO hold regular branch meetings, so if you would like to get involved with the campaign, please sign up to our mailing list and and let us know you want to volunteer. We hope you will be able to join us as we grow this campaign to save CSIRO jobs and see more investment in public good research.