Science Party (Australia)

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Science Party
Leader James Jansson
Founded 2013 (2013)
Headquarters New South Wales
Ideology Utilitarianism
Techno-progressivism
"Bright green" environmentalism
Technocentrism
Australian Republicanism
Cornucopianism
Political position Radical Centre
Website
www.scienceparty.org.au

The Science Party, known as Future Party until March 2016,[1] is an Australian political party established in 2013.[2]

Political philosophy[edit]

The Science Party believes that technological development is a positive force in human affairs [3] 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.[4]

Policies[edit]

Science Party policies include the following:[5]

  • 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.[6][7]
  • Increased rate of immigration.[8]
  • 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[edit]

The Future Party was registered with the Australian Electoral Commission on 2 July 2013.[2][9][10][11][12] It is led by Dr James Jansson, who was a PhD student studying at the Kirby Institute when the party was founded.[13] It changed name to the Science Party, with the new name registered by the Australian Electoral Commission on 22 March 2016.[1] The Science Party is run as a single federal entity without individual state branches.

At the 2013 federal election the party ran two candidates in the senate[14] in NSW and one candidate in the NSW seat of Kingsford Smith,[15] and another in the QLD seat of Moreton.[16][17]

The party has been involved in Glenn Druery's Minor Party Alliance, though refused to engage in any large scale preference deal.[18]

The party is a member of the Alliance for Progress.[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]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Notice under s.134(6A) of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 - Future Party". Australian Electoral Commission. 24 March 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Future Party". Australian Electoral Commission. 
  3. ^ "1 Future Party Vision". Future Party. 
  4. ^ "Obscure parties and why they want your vote". NewsComAu. 
  5. ^ "Policy". Future Party. 
  6. ^ "Election 2013: The Future Party". Radio National. 
  7. ^ BRITTANY MURPHY (11 August 2013). "Senate party’s bid for Southern Tablelands’ super city". Goulburn Post. 
  8. ^ 20/20: Growing Australia for a prosperous future
  9. ^ "Smokers, pirates, cola lovers … new parties add colour to electoral canvas". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  10. ^ "The Future Party: A party of six nerds". Archived from the original on 9 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Liz Tay. "10 Unusual Political Parties That Could Be On Aussie Ballot Papers This September". Business Insider Australia. 
  12. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20140309100616/http://www.skynews.com.au/national/article.aspx?id=893314. Archived from the original on 9 March 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ "Minor parties in the federal election 2013: video". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  14. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/federal-election-2013/guide/snsw/
  15. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/federal-election-2013/guide/ksmi/
  16. ^ "Moreton". ABC News. 
  17. ^ "Members' FAQ". Future Party. 
  18. ^ 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
  19. ^ Alliance for Progress - Members
  20. ^ "Candidates for the 2016 federal election". Australian Electoral Commission. 12 June 2016. Retrieved 12 June 2016. 

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