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Pirate Party Australia

Pirate Party Australia
Founded 2009
Ideology Pirate politics
International affiliation Pirate Parties International
Colours Blue

Pirate Party Australia is a [1][2] It is a Pirate Party which is based on the Pirate Party of Sweden and is focused on copyright reform, internet freedom, and ending censorship.[3] Australian Internet Filter and data retention proposals are key issues for the Party.[4]

Pirate Party Australia was formally registered as a political party by the Australian Electoral Commission on 17 January 2013.[5][6]


  • Elections 1
    • Australian Capital Territory General Election, 2012 1.1
    • Australian Federal Election, 2013 1.2
    • Griffith by-election, 2014 1.3
    • WA Senate Special Election, 2014 1.4
  • Euthanasia 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


In late 2009, the party announced its intention to contest the 2010 federal election[7] and recruited the 500 members necessary for registration. The Party was expected to mainly compete with the Australian Greens and the Australian Sex Party.[8]

At that time, the Party had over 1100 preliminary members. The party sent a call-out for leadership positions, with leadership elections held on 7 October. David Crafti was elected the party's first President. Rodney Serkowski, the founder of the Party, took over the position of President in late July, 2010, at the Party's National Congress. At The National Congress in July 2013, Simon Frew took on the position of President. As of The National Congress in July 2014, Brendan Molloy has held the position of President.

Due to registration requirements, the Party was not able to formally contest the 2010 federal election [9] but then did successfully register in January 2013, enabling it to contest the 2013 federal election.[10]

Pirate Party Australia was approached by Glenn Druery to be a member of the Minor Party Alliance, but chose to eschew membership of the alliance due to the membership requirement of preferencing far right parties highly, and instead chose to base preferences upon a democratic vote of its members along policy lines.[11] Democratically deciding their Senate preferences is now standard practice for Pirate Party Australia, doing the same again in the 2014 WA Senate Rerun.[12]

Australian Capital Territory General Election, 2012

In 2012, members of the Pirate Party's ACT branch ran as independent candidates in the Australian Capital Territory elections.[13][14] The Pirate Party endorsed three ungrouped candidates in the election, each of them receiving 0.4-0.5 percent of the primary vote.[15]

Australian Federal Election, 2013

Pirate Party Australia ran eight candidates for the Senate in the 2013 Australian Federal Election: two candidates each in the states of New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania.[16] The best result was in Tasmania with a 0.6 percent primary vote. The Party was unique in its approach to preference deals with other parties in that they are professing to eschew the secret deals that typify preference negotiations and instead are conducting all such activities openly and transparently and putting all decisions to a membership vote.[17][18]

Griffith by-election, 2014

Melanie Thomas ran for the Pirate Party at the 2014 Griffith by-election and finished fourth out of 11 candidates with a 1.5 percent primary vote.

WA Senate Special Election, 2014

Pirate Party Australia ran two candidates on the Pirate Party ticket in the special 2014 WA Senate election, Fletcher Boyd, and Michelle Allen. Pirate Party Australia received 0.49 percent[19] of the first preference group ticket votes. In the original 2013 Senate election, Pirate Party Australia did not run candidates in WA, but opted to do so in this rerun, preferencing Scott Ludlam of the Australian Greens as their next highest preference.


At the request of Exit International, Pirate Party Australia member David Campbell[20] conducted a series of information sessions as part of Exit International's workshop for seniors who wanted to know how to by-pass the Australian Internet Filter so that they can access information on safe euthanasia techniques.[21]

Pirate Party Australia has subsequently adopted Euthanasia rights into their party policy platform.[22]

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ Spandas Lui (12 May 2010). "Pirate Party to become formal political party". IDG Communications. Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "FAQ". Pirate Party Australia. Retrieved 29 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Pirate Party storms Australia". ZDNet Australia. 2009-09-29. Retrieved 29 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "Application for registration approved - Pirate Party Australia". Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "@AusElectoralCom - The Pirate Party Australia was officially registered on 17 January 2013.". 
  7. ^ "Pirate Party to contest next Federal election". iTNews. 2009-09-29. Retrieved 29 September 2009. 
  8. ^ John Ozimek (2 October 2009). "Australian Pirate Party sets sail".  
  9. ^ "Pirate Party Australia: Moving Forward". Pirate Party Australia. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "Pirate Party Australia Successfully Registers for Federal Elections". Pirate Party Australia. Retrieved 04 Septemver 2014. 
  11. ^ Preferencing Statement for Federal Election 2013
  12. ^ Preferencing Statement for WA Senate Election 2014
  13. ^ "Pirate Party ACT will be contesting the 2012 ACT elections as independents". Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "Pirate Party to run Independent Candidates in Upcoming ACT Election". Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Elections ACT". Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  16. ^ "Pirate Party announces Senate candidates". Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Pirate Party leads the way with transparent preferencing". Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "Party profile: The Pirate Party, SBS, World News Australia Radio". Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  19. ^ 
  20. ^ "Beating The Filter Masterclass Photos". ZDNet Australia. 2010-04-13. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  21. ^ Bella Counihan (4 May 2010). "Government tries to net votes in Howard’s domain".  
  22. ^ "Pirate Party Australia: Policies/Civil Liberties: Enshrine freedom over the body in law". 

External links

  • Pirate Party Australia Official site
  • [1] Party constitution
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