Innovation nation? How about rewarding research investment.

What if we banned political contributions and instead gave political influence to companies that invest in scientific research, support the economy by paying tax, and demonstrate innovation towards a sustainable future. Time is up for old industries like coal and wood-chipping of old growth forests, so why do they still have so much power and continue being heavily subsidised by the taxpayer? How can Australia be innovative while our best scientists are being gagged and rely on crowd funding? Time to change the rules!


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  • commented 2017-03-09 21:33:10 +1100
    Thanks Leanne,
    “its hard to argue that scientists and sustainability experts and ideas need to get more traction than they are currently getting” – I wasn’t referring to media presence of scientists (Will Steffen doing a good job this week :)), I was referring to the ability of Australian scientists to actually do science (in Australia), without getting retrenched, and work out clever ways to do things, like making electricity, cutting down trees, and catching fish, that actually get adopted because of clever (honest) policy makers.
    Real time information on donations per the PM’s suggestion this week would go some way to establishing transparency, but given Census, Centrelink and whatever new bungle they had today, I have zero confidence. Maybe the people polled in Braddon have more faith.
    Cheers.
  • commented 2017-03-09 15:16:24 +1100
    Hi Karen, its hard to argue that scientists and sustainability experts and ideas need to get more traction than they are currently getting. I think that as a start, state politicians could provide real time information on donations. Check out bob burtons article on this today in Tas Times http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/weblog/article/braddon-voters-back-real-time-political-donations-disclosure/
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