We’re going to need a lot of science to make it through the 21st century. From navigating the impacts of climate change to fending off future pandemics, we will rely on science and technology to find a path.

Yet science has hardly rated a mention in the federal election campaign, and scientists themselves are having a hard time of it. Facing funding cuts, pandemic-struck universities, and political interference in grant processes, as many as one in five researchers say they are planning to leave the industry.

What can be done? In his final article as president of the Australian Academy of Science, renowned molecular biologist John Shine lays out a plan for the winner of the coming election to restore science to where it needs to be.

And if you’re planning to have kids in the next few years, you should be across the paid parental leave policies of the major parties. Anam Bilgrami researches how the amount of leave taken affects maternal health, and she’s laid out the parental leave policies of both of the major parties, and how they affect mums and bubs.

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Australia’s future depends on science. Here’s what our next government needs to do about it

John Shine, Garvan Institute

Science is about more than crisis management – it’s about how we understand our present and future, and realise our potential as people

Planning kids? You should know the major parties’ parental leave policies before you vote

Anam Bilgrami, Macquarie University

Labor and the Coalition have announced their parental leave policies. If you are planning to have children, you should be familiar with what they’re offering.

View from The Hill: Albanese and Morrison caught on fly-papers of wages, gender

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra

Both Anthony Albanese and Scott Morrison landed themselves onto the sticky paper on Tuesday, as they trudged through this campaign’s penultimate week.

Stand by for the oddly designed Stage 3 tax cut that will send middle earners backwards and give high earners thousands

Peter Martin, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University

Some earners will take home less after a tax switch legislated years ago and now supported by both sides of parliament.

Over the last 30 years, a fifth of polls have called the wrong winner. Here are 3 things poll-watchers need to understand

Murray Goot, Macquarie University

Labor needs substantially more than 50% of the two-party preferred vote – 51.8% according to the pendulum – to win the majority of seats, 76. This equates to a swing of 3.3 percentage points.

Election humour 2022: can the major parties win votes with a funny marmot or a joke about Star Wars?

Mark Rolfe, UNSW Sydney

Humour is now part of the modern election campaign. Facebook and TikTok have become joke battlegrounds.

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner resigns. Could this help Labor in the federal election?

Rolf Gerritsen, Charles Darwin University

How might Gunner’s resignation affect the federal seat of Lingiari?

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    Jane Hall, University of Technology Sydney; Kees Van Gool, University of Technology Sydney

    While states are responsible for running hospitals, the federal government shares responsibility for paying for them. But it’s an uneasy relationship.

Science + Technology

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  • Attending school every day counts – but kids in out-of-home care are missing out

    Kitty Te Riele, University of Tasmania; Anna Sullivan, University of South Australia; Daryl Higgins, Australian Catholic University; Jesse King, Indigenous Knowledge; Joseph McDowall, The University of Queensland; Michael A. Guerzoni, University of Tasmania; Rhonda Coopes, University of Southern Queensland; Sharon Bessell, Australian National University

    Attendance at school is crucial to improving educational outcomes for students. Unfortunately, children in out-of-home care face myriad challenges when it comes to attending school every day.

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    The tradition of awarding honorary doctorates highlights unpalatable truths about the role of universities in reproducing social inequality.

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