Science Party (Australia)
The Science Party, known as Future Party until March 2016, is an Australian political party established in 2013.
|Leader||Dr. Andrea Leong|
|Deputy leader||Dr. James Jansson|
|Headquarters||New South Wales|
The Science Party believes that technological development is a positive force in human affairs 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.
- 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.
- Increased rate of immigration.
- 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.
The Future Party was registered with the Australian Electoral Commission on 2 July 2013. It was led by Dr James Jansson, who was a PhD student studying at the Kirby Institute when the party was founded. It changed name to the Science Party, with the new name registered by the Australian Electoral Commission on 22 March 2016.
At the 2013 federal election, the party ran two candidates in the senate in New South Wales and one candidate in the New South Wales seat of Kingsford Smith and another in the Queensland seat of Moreton.
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.
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. He had previously been the Science Party candidate in the Division of Grayndler at the 2016 election. After subsequent resignations, the party fielded candidates in by-elections for the seats of Bennelong, Perth, Longman and Wentworth.
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