Submission to the 2017-18 solar feed-in tariff review

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Finkel Review Review

The NSW Science Party made a submission to the Finkel Review into the future security of the National Electricity Market earlier this year. In this blog post, Tom Geiser—lead author of the submission and energy industry professional—unpacks some of the major outcomes of the review.

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Submission to the Finkel Review

Download this submission:
Submission to the Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market (PDF, 218 KB, 18 February 2017).

The Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy recently called for public submissions to their Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market. The NSW Science Party was one of over 360 organisations and individuals who made a submission.

Our four main recommendations were:

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Australia needs to stop restricting rights to reproductive health care

The Science Party NSW and the Science Party Women group celebrate International Women's Day!

We support equal opportunity in all fields and better access to reproductive health care for girls and women.

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Special Religious Education and Ethics review FOI - February edition

It's the first of the month, which means it's freedom of information (FOI) request time!

Late last year I made an FOI request to the NSW Department of Education, seeking the status of the Review of Special Religious Education and Special Education in Ethics in NSW government schools. This review was opened for public comment in mid-2015. A costly independent report was commissioned shortly after, and it was received in March 2016. In November, I asked the how the report was coming along. 

It's not.

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I am an unmarried, childless woman, and Berejiklian doesn't speak for me

I extend my congratulations to Gladys Berejiklian on her new role as NSW Premier.

At her first press conference an hour into the job, an unidentified reporter asked Berejiklian: "The obvious question is do you think [being unmarried and childless] is a disadvantage politically because people have kids and they have families and people identify with that."

This "obvious" question was not at the front of my mind, I have to admit.

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We're not finding out about the religious education review this year

Well, I got my answer. There are currently no plans to release the findings of the review into Special Religious Education and Ethics classes in NSW schools. 

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Help reform NSW politics – join the Science Party's NSW branch!

On the 5th of December 2016, the Science Party created a formal NSW branch. Now we need your help to grow and get scientific thinking into NSW state politics!

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All I want for Christmas is my FOI request answered

Just a follow-up on my previous post about my FOI request regarding the Review of Special Religious Education and Special Education in Ethics in NSW government schools. 

SPOILER: the response was unsatisfactory.

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My FOI request about religious education is becoming an unsurprisingly lengthy process

Remember the Review of Special Religious Education and Special Education in Ethics in NSW government schools? No, no one does, because we haven't heard a thing about it since the middle of last year. So I asked the NSW Department of Education for an update.

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