Science and Knowledge

Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Research

  • The Australian Progressives support policies to increase science funding and work toward agreement with all parties that science is key to our future.

  • The Australian Progressives support a review into the nation’s greatest challenges and the provision of grants each year to research solutions.

  • The Australian Progressives support a nationwide program for school students in areas of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM).

  • The Australian Progressives support a commitment to open science research.

  • The Australian Progressives support policies to provide a low cost research data storage service.

  • The Australian Progressives will commit to building and securing core scientific capability and capacity within Australia by supporting a recurring budget for national scientific research.

Patent Reform

  • The Australian Progressives support policy to reduce the duration of copyright and patent protections to a level more suitable for the rapid pace of development/dissemination.

  • The Australian Progressives support a review into the penalties for copyright infringement.

  • The Australian Progressives support “fair use” protections.

  • The Australian Progressives support policy to invalidate any patents relating to human genes

Privacy and Data Protections

  • The Australian Progressives support policies that strengthen privacy protections for the public.

  • The Australian Progressives support policies to curtail mass surveillance.

  • The Australian Progressives support policies to require opt-out and deletion processes for data as well as ability to find out who your information has been passed on to.

  • The Australian Progressives support working with the IT industry to improve privacy/data protections.

  • The Australian Progressives support policies that would treat Metadata as any other private data and require a warrant for interception/collection by government agencies and must be specific and limited in scope.

  • The Australian Progressives support DNA privacy.

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