Science & Innovation

(Adopted October 2014) 

Principles

The Queensland Greens believe that:

1. Science is a critical tool for developing a deeper understanding of our universe. It is important for Queenslanders to be scientifically literate, value knowledge and welcome innovation.

2. Government has an important role to play in the development of scientific knowledge, especially in facilitating the emergence and application of new technologies.

3. New technologies are powerful drivers for success in business and industry, and improvements in health and lifestyle.

4. 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.

5. The scientific tradition of independent, peer-reviewed research is essential to the creation of high-quality knowledge about impact of human activities on human and environmental health and wellbeing, and must not be compromised.

Aims

The Queensland Greens will:

1. A scientific research and development focus that addresses community needs and state goals to prepare Queensland for emerging challenges and opportunities, and utilises innovative technology and methods.

2. Increased expenditure on public and private research and development in Queensland to at least 3% of GSP.

3. Establishment of a Queensland Research Council, to be chaired by the Queensland Chief Scientist, whose work will support that of the Australian Research Council (ARC), with the ability to make decisions independent from political interference.

4. A precautionary approach by Government to the application of new technologies, including greater regulation of nanotechnology, occupational health and safety notifications and mandatory labelling of consumer and industrial products that contain free manufactured nanoparticles.

5. Community involvement in decisions about the safe application of new technologies.

6. Improved public funding to Queensland universities to expand their research capacity.

7. The emergence of more science teachers to be facilitated by the Government financially assisting them in their university education and their ongoing development.

8. Government scholarships to be provided for science students at all levels and establishment of science and maths competitions at all levels of education.

9. To prioritise funding for research into sustainable energy technologies with the aim of developing competitive energy technologies with zero carbon emissions.

10. To promote the use of science and technology, in particular information and communication technology, to help maintain the viability of rural and remote communities.

11. New government policies that foster greater commercialisation of Australian innovations in Australia by local companies. 

12. Development and use of open source software use in government, and promotion of open source software in the broader community.

13. The Government to develop annual innovation plans that outline the role Government will play in fostering innovation, including incubating new technologies until they become commercially viable.

14. Sustainability of our physical and digital infrastructure critical for research and leveraging programs to make use of ‘big data’ and share ‘open data’.

15. To build resilience and manage climate risk, through the development and deployment of construction technologies for extreme weather event resistance (floods, cyclones, droughts), particularly in tropical environments.

16. Investment in scientific research and innovation that leverage Queensland’s unique natural and resource conditions, such as tropical health and medicine, solar energy and reef health and water quality.

17. The Government to foster connections between research, industry and the community through establishing innovation networks and forums, and foster ‘crowd sourcing’ to develop new innovations.