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Pirate Party to become formal political party

Pirate Party to become formal political party

After recruiting 500 members, the Australian branch of the Pirate Party is gearing up to contest the upcoming election

Picture taken by David Braue.

Picture taken by David Braue.

Civil liberties group, Pirate Party, will contest the upcoming Federal Election.

The Party has the required 500 members needed to register with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) as a fully fledged political party.

All that is left is to file the paperwork to the AEC. Applications take up to three months to approve.

“Hopefully, that will all be done in time for the next Federal election,” Pirate Party president, David Crafti, said.

The group was set up in early 2009 in a bid to be a political party to represent civil liberty issues. They include opposing Internet filtering, pushing for R18+ rating for computer games and decriminalisation of electronic file sharing.

“What we don’t plan on doing is developing policies that are so detailed; like coming up with a budget for education,” Crafti said. “Our primary platform is civil properties and intellectual property reforms and we are happy to extend our policies that affect other areas.”

He listed plans to change the current patent system to encourage innovation within the green sector as an example on how the Pirate Party can contribute to broader policies beyond just technology and intellectual property.

The party doesn’t anticipate a windfall in the upcoming election but hopes competing will garner more attention to its cause.

“I would like to see us contesting Senate seats in around four states and maybe even one or two Lower House seats,” he said. “As to whether or not we can actually win a seat, I think we can in the following election, but we will put in a very good showing in this one.

“It’s not beyond the realms of feasibility but we are being realistic.”

The AEC reserves the right to reject applications for formalising a political party but Crafti doesn’t expect it will happen to the Pirate Party.

“I don’t expect any hiccups but it is a complex and involved process,” he said.

Pirate Party Australia is based on the Swedish Pirate Party which had some success in the European Parliament election last year.

It recently teamed up with Exit International in hosting Internet filter hacking classes for the elderly.


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