The Australian Greens believe that:
- Science is essential for developing a deeper understanding of our planet and the universe.
- Government has an important role in supporting the development of scientific knowledge, and the ethical framework in which scientific research is conducted.
- Science, research and innovation are powerful engines for the creation of national prosperity.
- Innovation and advanced technologies are key elements for success for business and industry.
- The application of science and technology must be socially beneficial and ecologically sustainable.
- 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 principles and practise of independent, peer-reviewed research is essential to the creation of high quality knowledge and must not be compromised.
- Government-funded research should be made as widely accessible as possible.
- The development of various forms of artificial intelligence and automation has enormous positive potential, but also enormous risks, so must be properly regulated
The Australian Greens want:
- Science, research and innovation, including the acquisition of fundamental knowledge, to be valued by all sectors of society.
- A science, research and innovation focus which addresses community needs and national goals to prepare Australia for emerging challenges and opportunities and which utilises innovative technology and methods.
- Increased expenditure on public and private research and development in Australia to at least 4% of GDP.
- Increased and more predictable funding for Commonwealth publicly-funded research agencies, including the CSIRO, to enable world class and independent research and improve job security for scientists and researchers.
- A precautionary approach by Government, including community engagement, regarding the safe application of new technologies.
- Increased public funding to Australian universities to expand their research capacity.
- Increased funding for research and innovation in clean energy and other technologies to support the transition to a zero carbon society.
- Greater support for public funding of science, research and innovation, 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.
- Increased use of research, science and innovation to support the viability of rural and remote communities.
- Education and investment opportunities to foster the participation of women and other under-represented groups in science and technology
- Government policy and support which fosters greater commercialisation of Australian science, research and innovation in Australia by local companies.
[Policy endorsed: November 2017]