Science and Technology | Australian Greens

Science and Technology

Innovations in science and technology are essential to meeting the challenges of climate change and transitioning to a sustainable society.

Principles

The Australian Greens believe that:

  1. Science is a critical tool for developing a deeper understanding of the universe.
  2. Government has an important role to play in the development of scientific knowledge, and the ethical framework in which scientific research is conducted.
  3. Environmental technologies are powerful engines for the creation of national prosperity.
  4. Innovation and advanced technologies are key elements for success for business and industry.
  5. The outcomes of science and technology should be compatible with ecological sustainability.
  6. Innovations in science and technology are essential if we are to meet the challenges of addressing climate change and the transition to a sustainable society.
  7. Government policy should better facilitate cooperation between science research, education, innovation and business.
  8. Patent reform should promote technological innovation which benefits society, while avoiding excessive concentration of intellectual property or the monopolising of discoveries.
  9. High levels of scientific and technical literacy are essential for creating an innovative and wealthy society, requiring significant public investment in science and technology education.
  10. Careers in science and research should be secure and well-resourced to ensure that Australia remains a location of choice for science professionals.
  11. The scientific tradition of independent, peer-reviewed research is essential to the creation of high quality knowledge and must not be compromised.
  12. Scientific data gained through government-funded research should be made publicly accessible, unless inappropriate.

Aims

The Australian Greens want:

  1. A society in which the acquisition of fundamental knowledge and the sustainable application of new techniques are valued in the education system and by Australian business.
  2. A scientific research and development focus which addresses community needs and national goals to prepare Australia for emerging challenges and opportunities, and utilises innovative technology and methods.
  3. Increased expenditure on public and private research and development in Australia to at least 3% of GDP.
  4. Support for the Commonwealth publicly-funded research agencies, including the CSIRO, to conduct world class and independent research in the public interest.
  5. A precautionary approach by Government to the application of new technologies.
  6. Improved public funding to Australian universities to expand their research capacity.
  7. To prioritise funding for research into sustainable energy technologies with the aim of developing competitive energy technologies with zero carbon emissions.
  8. Greater support for public funding of science and technology, and the removal of ministerial capacity to veto independently peer-reviewed funding decisions.
  9. Greater regulation of nanotechnology including the application of the precautionary principle, occupational health and safety notifications and mandatory labelling of consumer and industrial products that contain free manufactured nanoparticles.
  10. Community involvement in decisions about the safe application of new technologies.
  11. Greater, more consistent, and more predictable funding for publicly-funded research agencies, including the CSIRO and Cooperative Research Centres, with programs less reliant on industry funding, and improved job security for their employed scientists.
  12. Science and technology - in particular information and communication technology - available to help maintain the viability of rural and remote communities.
  13. Government policy and support which fosters greater commercialisation of Australian innovations in Australia by local companies.