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ACT The Liberal Party Rodney Hide

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Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand Jeanette Fitzsimons

[Support] t he use of genetic science as a tool in diagnostics, understanding of heredity, and development of medicines
[Support] a ban on release or field trials of genetically engineered organisms in the environment and food production system.
Provide a career for scientists no less secure than that for other similarly qualified professionals in the public sector
Multi-disciplinary applied social research, which can then be applied in areas such as mental health and crime
Encourage the use of open source software to help reduce costs in this area for all sectors

New Zealand Labour Party Hon Pete Hodgson

Work with all parts of the research sector to identify trends in the research workforce, and ways to deal with recruitment and retention issues
Clearly identify key areas of national research excellence where New Zealand already has an established scientific reputation or a natural comparative advantage
Reduce, through our reform of the funding system, the amount of time that research organisations spend bidding against one another.
Assist with the successful commercialisation of research ideas, by both supporting research organisations and helping to develop the investment market
Launch a Science and Society programme, designed to reach out into schools, workplaces, communities and homes, to ensure that every New Zealander understands the importance of science to the future success of New Zealand

Maori Party Dr Pita Sharples  
National Party of New Zealand Katherine Rich

Support further growth and development of high-quality blue skies and strategic research in tertiary institutions
Continue with the existing rules and funding for the PBRF and ensure all institutions offering degrees can meet the statutory requirement for related research capacity

New Zealand First Hon Brian Donnelly

Provide tax incentives for businesses to engage in research and development leading to export and employment growth
Focus Public Good Research funding more tightly on job growth and increased export earnings
Introduce further scholarships to ensure that we keep our best students and provide for research and development expertise
Expand publicly-funded topo-culture research through rural New Zealand
Provide improved lower cost intellectual property protection for innovators in New Zealand

Progressive Coalition Hon Jim Anderton  
United Future New Zealand Judy Turner

Actively support the role of research and development into the sustainability of primary industries and the ongoing development of new niche industries
Improve links between research and commercial applications and increase the amount of private sector R & D to 1.5% of GDP by 2010

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