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September 3rd, 2009

Time for technology democracy

Abstract:
Consider the Federal Government's recently announced National Enabling Technologies Strategy to explore the paradox between Carr's promises and actual policymaking processes. The Federal Government has labelled biotechnologies and nanotechnologies as "enabling technologies". Both these areas of science are highly controversial, raising multiple and diverse social, health, economic, ethical and environmental issues.

Given the highly controversial nature of biotechnology and nanotechnology, it is not surprising the National Enabling Technologies Strategy makes a stated commitment to engage the public as part of the policy process. However, in reality this public engagement is simply not happening. As a result, Australians will have little opportunity to contribute to the development of policy related to these new technologies -despite the profound impacts they are likely to present for all Australians.

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