Updated: Pirate Party misses election boat

Updated: Pirate Party misses election boat

Application to register still being processed by the Australian Electoral Commission

The Pirate Party will not contest the Federal Election on August 21.

In May, the civil liberties group had gathered the 500 members required to register as a formal political party. Unfortunately, its application is still going through the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).

A Party cannot be registered once an election has been called.

The Party's objective is to tackle civil liberty issues, including fighting the Federal Government's mandatory Internet filtering plans and supporting an R18+ rating for Australia. It also focuses on decriminalisation of online file sharing.

The Group has garnered steady support but some have criticised it for being a one policy Party.

“We have always focused on more of a lobbying function rather than a campaigning function,” Pirate Party president, David Crafti, said. “We’re just going to continue that and promote those who are best suited to pushing protection of freedom and opposing those such as [Communications Minister Senator Stephen] Conroy who are just there trying to limit our freedoms.”

Asked which major party he would prefer Pirate Party supporters to vote for, Labor or Liberal, Crafti was reluctant to pick sides.

“It’s a choice between two very terrible things - I can’t be more eloquent than that without swearing,” he said. “What I want to see is Australian’s getting out there and using the preferential voting system to its maximum.”

The Party will continue to gather support for the next Federal election and has not ruled out contesting at the state election.

“We may provide an analysis of other parties and their policies, possibly including some recommendations, however, we hope you examine each party's formal and written policies before casting your vote,” Pirate Party spokesperson, Brendan Molloy said in the statement.

The Pirate Party's first formal meeting of representatives will be held in Sydney on July 31.

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