Policy Development Committee
This page serves as an index and landing page for all Pirate Party Australia policy development activities.
Contacting the Policy Development Committee
If you would like to have your say on policy development we want to hear from you! Please send an email to: [email protected]
Also if you want to contact any of the PDC working groups and you can't find an email address elsewhere then please feel free to send email to the address above and the appropriate person will reply to you.
- David Crafti
- Trevor Dadson
- Andrew Downing (Policy Development Officer)
- Mark Gibbons
- Sunny Kalsi
- Daniel Judge
- Ben McGinnes
- Bill McLean
- Mozart Olbrycht-Palmer (Inquiries Officer)
What Is Happening Right Now
Members from all over the country joined forces to help us complete our election platform, but there's more to come.
Work groups are created to develop policies. We strongly encourage you to get in touch with the chair of any group if you have an informed opinion on any of these matters or would like to help in any way. If you are unsure how to get in touch with someone then please feel free to just send an email to [email protected] describing what you need as all committee members receive the emails sent to that address.
Inquiry working groups
|Working group||Chair||Next meeting||Brief||Deadline|
|IP Laws Amendment Bill Inquiry Working Group||Mozart Olbrycht-Palmer||Completed||Prepare a submission on the IP Laws Amendment Bill 2014||7 February, 2014 (Completed)|
|Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act Inquiry Working Group||Simon Frew||Completed||Prepare a submission on the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979||27 February, 2014 (Completed)|
|Enhancing Online Safety for Children Inquiry Working Group||Bill McLean||Completed||Prepare a submission on the Enhancing Online Safety for Children discussion paper||7 March, 2014 (Completed)|
|Trade and Foreign Investment Bill Inquiry Working Group||Mozart Olbrycht-Palmer||Completed||Prepare a submission on the Trade and Foreign Investment (Protecting the Public Interest) Bill||11 April, 2014 (Completed)|
|2013 Federal Election Inquiry Working Group||Brendan Molloy||Completed||Prepare a submission to the inquiry into all aspects of the 2013 Federal Election||14 April, 2014 (Completed)|
|Racial Discrimination Act Amendment Working Group||Mozart Olbrycht-Palmer||Nil||Prepare a submission on the Freedom of speech (repeal of s.18C) Bill 2014 exposure draft||30 April, 2014 (Completed)|
|National Security Inquiry Working Group||Mozart Olbrycht-Palmer||Nil||Prepare a submission on the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No 1) 2014||6 August, 2014 (Completed)|
|Copyright Amendments Working Group||-||-||Prepare a submission to the AGD on the Online copyright infringement—public consultation||1 September, 2014|
Policy working groups
|Working group||Chair||Next meeting||Brief||Deadline||Status|
|Universal Healthcare Working Group||TBA||TBA||Focus on the development of a universal healthcare policy, with specific consideration of dental and ambulance cover||Nil||Yet to begin|
|Universal Education Working Group||Mark Gibbons||TBA||Focus on the development of a universal education policy, with specific consideration of the cost of education and accessibility||Nil||Yet to begin|
|Universal Childcare Working Group||TBA||TBA||Focus on the development of a universal childcare policy||Nil||Yet to begin|
|Sexual Offences Working Group||TBA||TBA||Focus on the development of a revenge pornography policy that considers the introduction of a concept of "permanent publication", a potential sentencing requiring placement on a list for sexual predators, and the ability for police to act upon threatening calls||Nil||Yet to begin|
|Startups Working Group||Andrew Downing||TBA||Focus on investigating policies to advance the opportunities for small to medium startup businesses in Australia to enhance the digital economy||Nil||Yet to Begin|
|Agriculture and Food Working Group||Laura Killian||TBA||Develop a policy addressing key issues of the Australian agriculture and food system.||Nil||Under discussion|
|Constitutional Reform Working Group||Mozart Olbrycht-Palmer||Nil||Examine potential reforms of the Australian Constitution, including recognition of Indigenous Australians as recommended by the Expert Panel||Congress, July 2014||Proposed|
|Energy Working Group||Mark Gibbons||Nil||Work on updating the energy policy||Congress, July 2014||Proposed|
|Privacy Tort Working Group||David Crafti||Nil||Focus on the development of a policy regarding a tort for privacy violations||Congress, July 2014||Proposed|
|Senate Elections Working Group||Brendan Molloy||Nil||Determine a position statement on preferencing for Senate elections||3 April, 2014||Completed|
PDC Meetings are currently held every second Wednesday night at 8:30 pm (Sydney time) via IRC at irc.pirateirc.net in the #ppau-pdc channel. Feel free to drop into the channel at any time to chat about policy development. During meetings the channel may be moderated to keep the meeting running smoothly but everyone is welcome to observe. Consult the calendar for upcoming meetings, and if you need assistance please contact [email protected].
Terms Of Reference
The PDC was created and is governed by the Terms of Reference set by the National Council.
Policy Development Process
The PDC follows a structured policy development process which ensures a uniform approach and allows all members to provide input.
Policy Working Groups
When the PDC decides that a certain policy needs to be written, a working group is formed by a motion at a PDC Meeting. The working group will have a chair person who is a member of the PDC and who is responsible for organising the working group and bringing the results back to the PDC. Participation in a working group is open to all members and we really need your help so please don't be shy! If you'd like to have input on a policy then by all means contact the chair of the working group. If in doubt you can always send email to [email protected] and we will make sure the right person contacts you.
- Civil liberties
- Copyright reform
- Cultural participation
- Patent reform
- Digital liberties & online privacy
- Climate change & renewable energy
- A halt on coal seam gas
- Transparent, fair taxes
- Simpler welfare & a higher basic income
- A scientific approach to drugs
- Replacement of the Marriage Act with a Civil Unions Act
- A Bill of Rights to protect individuals
- Education & skills
- Reform of democratic institutions
- Biodiversity & animal rights
- Asylum seekers & refugees
- Foreign policy & treaty making
The PDC has a Resources Wiki Page that contains links to useful information related to policy development.