Geek The Vote
NTEU is supporting a campaign by Science and Technology Australia (STA) to promote the importance of science in public debates and promoting science contribution to public policy and debate.
The campaign seeks to deliver a copy of the book “The Geek Manifesto” to every federal politician. The campaign involves asking people to sign up to purchase a copy of the book to be sent to their local politician, and if they have already received one, to allow another politician to receive their copy. The book is described on the promotional website:
In this agenda-setting book, Mark Henderson builds a powerful case that science should be much more central than it is to government and the wider national conversation. It isn’t only that scientific understanding is passed over as decisions are made; the experimental methods of science aren’t applied to evaluating policy either.
Politicians, Henderson argues, pay lip service to science for a very simple reason: they know they can get away with it. And that will change only when people who care about science get politically active. It’s time to mobilise the geeks.
The book has been sent to 650 parliamentarians in the UK, and STA is seeking to repeat that exercise in Australia.
Further details can be obtained from the STA website at http://scienceandtechnologyaustralia.org.au/geek-the-vote/