LSN National Convener
Elija setup the LSN in 2012 in response to the growing attacks on science in the media and out of a desire to see science prioritised in Labor party policy discussions. He is a researcher in quantum computing at the University of Sydney and works at NSW Labor as their resident data analyst.
LSN (WA) CONVENER
Nathan is Assistant to the Government Whip in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly. He handles Labor Science Network events and functions in WA.
YOUNG LABOR SCIENCE NETWORK CONVENER
Robert is the convener of the Young Labor Science Network. He works as an Information Systems' Support Team Leader and has a passion for promoting science within the community.
ABOUT THE LSN
The Labor Science Network (LSN) is a grouping of Labor party members and activists who have come together with a shared interest in promoting the use of science in political activism and seeking to use political activism to defend science and promote scientific approaches to public policy and governance. The group was established in 2012 out of a desire to provide a political voice for science in public debate. Its overall mission is to establish a national vehicle to position Labor as the party of science and build upon Labor’s successful science and evidence-based approach to policy and governance.
The LSN's objectives are:
- to promote evidence-based and expert-driven approaches to policy development and implementation by building networks through which Labor and communities of expertise can constructively engage
- to advocate for scientifically-based policy implementation, such as policy trials where possible
- to promote scientific and evidence-based approaches to decision-making as core Labor values and science as a Labor ‘value’
- to promote democratic participation in Labor policy processes by affording rank-and-file members the opportunity to work with expert communities in shaping and developing policy proposals.
- to advocate science in the community & defend science from ideological attacks in public debate • To act as an advocacy group for scientific and expert communities and organisations within Labor institutions