Science Party (Australia)

The Science Party, known as Future Party until March 2016,[2] is an Australian political party established in 2013.[3]

Science Party
LeaderDr. Andrea Leong
Deputy leaderDr. James Jansson
Founded2013 (2013)
HeadquartersNew South Wales
Australian republicanism[1]
Political positionCentre
Colours     Sky blue

Political philosophy

The Science Party believes that technological development is a positive force in human affairs[4] and values the cultural, economic and technological benefits of modernism. It believes in freedom of expression and has a positive view of the power of free markets and the benefits of high density cities. The party seeks to promote high quality science research and education.[5]


Science Party policies include the following:[6]

  • Opposition to unnecessary regulations of new technology.
  • Opposition to government monitoring of data and criminalisation of journalism.
  • Greater transparency and openness in government.
  • Increased science research funding.
  • New charter city including a university.[7][8]
  • Increased rate of immigration.[9]
  • Higher density residential development.
  • High quality internet and internet freedom.
  • Thorium reactor research.
  • Emissions trading and renewable energy.
  • Greater space research and industry.
  • A higher quality education system.
  • An Australian republic.
  • Democratic reform to both houses.
  • Simplified tax system.
  • High-speed rail.
  • Rapid approval for driverless cars.

Party history

The Future Party was registered with the Australian Electoral Commission on 2 July 2013.[3][10][11][12][13] It was led by Dr James Jansson, who was a PhD student studying at the Kirby Institute when the party was founded.[14] It changed name to the Science Party, with the new name registered by the Australian Electoral Commission on 22 March 2016.[2]

At the 2013 federal election, the party ran two candidates in the senate[15] in New South Wales and one candidate in the New South Wales seat of Kingsford Smith[16] and another in the Queensland seat of Moreton.[17][18]

The party has been involved in Glenn Druery's Minor Party Alliance, though it refused to engage in any large scale preference deal.[19]

In the 2016 federal election, the Science Party fielded two senate candidates in each of New South Wales and Tasmania and one in Victoria. To avoid being in the ungrouped column, the Victorian candidate shared the column with the candidate from the Australian Cyclists Party. It also supported ten candidates for the House of Representatives, all for seats in New South Wales.[20]

The Science Party fielded Meow-Ludo Meow-Meow as a candidate in the 2017 New England by-election in response to the 2017–2018 Australian parliamentary eligibility crisis.[21] He had previously been the Science Party candidate in the Division of Grayndler at the 2016 election.[22] After subsequent resignations, the party fielded candidates in by-elections for the seats of Bennelong, Perth, Longman and Wentworth.

The party fielded lower and upper house candidates in NSW, as well as lower house candidates in Mallee and Perth, and received 0.4% of the senate vote in NSW at the 2019 Australian Federal Election.

See also


  1. "Science Party Vision". Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  2. "Notice under s.134(6A) of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 - Future Party". Australian Electoral Commission. 24 March 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  3. "Future Party". Australian Electoral Commission.
  4. "1 Future Party Vision". Future Party.
  5. "Obscure parties and why they want your vote". NewsComAu. 6 August 2013.
  6. "Policy". Future Party.
  7. "Election 2013: The Future Party". Radio National. 28 August 2013.
  8. BRITTANY MURPHY (11 August 2013). "Senate party's bid for Southern Tablelands' super city". Goulburn Post.
  9. "20/20: Growing Australia for a prosperous future" (PDF).
  10. "Smokers, pirates, cola lovers new parties add colour to electoral canvas". The Sydney Morning Herald. 20 July 2013.
  11. "The Future Party: A party of six nerds". Archived from the original on 9 March 2014.
  12. Liz Tay (31 May 2013). "10 Unusual Political Parties That Could Be On Aussie Ballot Papers This September". Business Insider Australia.
  13. Archived from the original on 9 March 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. "Minor parties in the federal election 2013: video". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  15. "Senate - New South Wales - Australia Votes - Federal Election 2013 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". ABC News.
  16. "Kingsford Smith - Australia Votes - Federal Election 2013 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". ABC News.
  17. "Moreton". ABC News.
  18. "Members' FAQ". Future Party.
  19. "Alliance of micro parties boosts odds for likes of One Nation or Shooters and Fishers gaining Senate spot through preferences: Daily Telegraph 5 September 2013". 5 September 2013.
  20. "Candidates for the 2016 federal election". Australian Electoral Commission. 12 June 2016. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  21. "2017 New England by-election". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  22. Cooper, Luke (17 June 2016). "Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow Really Wants You To Care About Science". The Huffington Post Australia. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
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