Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Labour science policy: pillar of knowledge economy

Labour
2000 web site
Labour's science policy, released today, is a pillar of the party's plans for developing the knowledge economy, says Labour science spokesperson Mark Peck.

"Labour in government will set out to strengthen New Zealand science in five key ways," Mr Peck says.

"Labour will tackle the problem of science funding. We will act to boost the status and morale of the profession. We will encourage school leavers to enter the science sector. We will encourage a greater private sector commitment to research and development, and we will remind those getting public funding for science of their responsibility to conduct research for the public good.

"Labour's key commitment is to raise public funding of science to 0.8% of gross domestic product by 2010. This is the target National set for itself in 1996 but then abandoned, much to the dismay of the scientific community. Recent Budgets have fallen well short of the funding levels that would see New Zealand reach that target. Labour's commitment is a substantial one that the science sector will welcome.

"To boost morale in the sciences and their public status, Labour will establish a Science and Innovation Council reporting directly to the Prime Minister. This will give a clear indication to the sector that Labour takes science and scientists seriously. With the help of the council we will tackle any infrastructural changes necessary to rebuild the scientific intellectual capital New Zealand needs for an economy based on added-value processing and advanced technologies.

"Labour has a mix of policy initiatives to encourage school leavers to enter science. They include attracting more quality teachers, which is part of our schools policy, ensuring that technology is used more in primary and secondary education, and presenting science as an attractive option for young people through support for science centres, roadshows and competitions.

"Labour expects its stronger public contribution to science funding, along with its industry policy commitment to a friendlier tax regime for research and development, to provide the incentive for increased private sector investment in research and development. New Zealand lags behind most of the world's developed nations in this respect, even when one acknowledges the lack of a New Zealand defence research industry and pharmaceutical industry.

"Finally, while accepting the need for Crown Research Institutes to maximise their commercial opportunities, Labour's policy reminds CRIs of their core obligation to serve the public interest. We are not interested in the re-naming and re-branding exercises some want to embark on. Labour is more interested in seeing government science funding used to add economic value and develop new technologies."

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joseph Cederwall: Building a Community Newsroom

The “Scoop 3.0” Transition Plan
There is good reason to believe that a new path and a better future is possible for Scoop in 2019 as a pioneering independent Media company. A combination of new technology, ideas, institutions and business models and a renewed energy and commitment by the Scoop team, means Scoop aims to be at the forefront of the development of this renaissance that we term ‘News 3.0’.

By opening up Scoop’s structure to community ownership and exploring decentralised technology through the blockchain we can ensure the public has a stake in this enterprise and a say in its development. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Jami-Lee Ross (And The New Hobbit Law)

Clearly, Jami-Lee Ross is not waging a normal form of political warfare, with agreed rules of combat and rational cost/benefit calculations.

This is politics-as-terrorism where everything is being sacrificed by the man in the bomb vest in order to remove Simon Bridges as the leader of the National Party. More>>

Text Messages Released: National On $100,000 Donation(s)
The Botany Electorate of the National Party received 8 donations, and Mr Ross declared 8 donations to us. More>>

ALSO:

Film Industry Working Group:

Three Killed: DOC Supporting Family, Colleagues After Helicopter Crash

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is rallying around family and colleagues of the staff who died in a helicopter crash this morning in Wanaka... The helicopter, with two DOC staff on board, was on its way to undertake tahr control in the Haast area when it crashed. More>>

ALSO:

Political Donations: Greens Call For Tighter Anonymity Rules And Public Funding

“It is clear that those vested interests have a tangible influence on the decision making of political parties. This is a threat to democracy and should change.” More>>

ALSO:

Education Amendment Bill Passes: Urgency Sought For Partnership School Treaty Claim

The claim takes issue with the acts and omissions of the Crown in respect of the closure of Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua. More>>

ALSO:

Salvation Army Paper: Call For Public Housing Investment

To meet these future demands the report suggests the government needs to look beyond the private rental market and begin to invest heavily into home-ownership programmes and more public and social housing. More>>

ALSO:

Cull: Himalayan Tahr Control Operation Proceeding

“The target of controlling 10,000 Himalayan tahr over the next eight months remains. The revised plan provides for a staged control operation with increased reporting to the Tahr Liaison Group...” More>>

ALSO:

Health: Petitions To Fund Breast Cancer Drugs

Women marching to Parliament today, to present two petitions calling for Government funding of vital medicines, have 100% support from a coalition representing than 30 breast cancer organisations. More>>

ALSO:

Animal Welfare Advisory Committee: Report On Rodeo Practices Released

The independent committee that advises the Minister responsible for Animal Welfare, has today released a report on animal welfare in rodeos, together with advice to the Minister making recommendations to improve the welfare of the animals in rodeos. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels