The Australian Greens believe that:
- Science is a critical tool for developing a deeper understanding of the universe.
- Government has an important role to play in the development of scientific knowledge, and the ethical framework in which scientific research is conducted.
- Environmental technologies are powerful engines for the creation of national prosperity.
- Innovation and advanced technologies are key elements for success for business and industry.
- The outcomes of science and technology should be compatible with ecological sustainability.
- 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.
- Government policy should better facilitate cooperation between science research, education, innovation and business.
- Patent reform should promote technological innovation which benefits society, while avoiding excessive concentration of intellectual property or the monopolising of discoveries.
- 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.
- Careers in science and research should be secure and well-resourced to ensure that Australia remains a location of choice for science professionals.
- The scientific tradition of independent, peer-reviewed research is essential to the creation of high quality knowledge and must not be compromised.
- Scientific data gained through government-funded research should be made publicly accessible, unless inappropriate.
The Australian Greens want:
- 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.
- 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.
- Increased expenditure on public and private research and development in Australia to at least 3% of GDP.
- Support for the Commonwealth publicly-funded research agencies, including the CSIRO, to conduct world class and independent research in the public interest.
- A precautionary approach by Government to the application of new technologies.
- Improved public funding to Australian universities to expand their research capacity.
- To prioritise funding for research into sustainable energy technologies with the aim of developing competitive energy technologies with zero carbon emissions.
- Greater support for public funding of science and technology, and the removal of ministerial capacity to veto independently peer-reviewed funding decisions.
- 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.
- Community involvement in decisions about the safe application of new technologies.
- 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.
- Science and technology - in particular information and communication technology - available to help maintain the viability of rural and remote communities.
- Government policy and support which fosters greater commercialisation of Australian innovations in Australia by local companies.