Two asylum seekers on Nauru have committed acts of self-immolation less than a week after the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea held that the Manus Island detention centre is unconstitutional. In a disgusting response, the Government of Nauru issued a press statement suggesting that the self-harm incidents were “politically motivated” and asylum seekers were “not distressed”.
“Self-harm incidents as extreme as self-immolation cannot be dismissed by claims that asylum seekers on Nauru are not distressed. This — along with other reports of self-harm and the denial of any wrongdoing by the Governments of both Australia and Nauru — shows a complete lack of humanity towards those seeking asylum. Not only that, but the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees has condemned Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers and yesterday demanded that they be moved to humane conditions. It is clear that evidence has given way to political grandstanding and the censoring of information,” said Deputy President Michael Keating
The Pirate Party’s 2016 Federal Election pre-selection meeting will take place this Sunday May 1st at 4pm AEST in IRC.
Due to a number of factors, the National Council has voted to extend the pre-selection nomination period for Party members to nominate as candidates until Sunday May 1st at 4pm AEST.
If you would like to nominate as a candidate, check what is required of candidates below and email [email protected] before the above date and time:
We need at least two Senate candidates per State we wish to run in and we currently have some states with no nominations, and only one nominee for NSW.
Please come along and question candidates and help us decide who will best represent the Pirate Party in the upcoming election. Voting will commence after the meeting, all full members are eligible to vote to preselect candidates for their state. Your voting ballot will be sent to you via email.
If you’d like to ask questions of potential candidates in the lead-up to the meeting please go to the thread below on our discussion board:
The meeting will be at 4pm AEST in IRC, there are instructions on our website to get you connected here:
Finally we would like to thank everyone who donated to and shared our membership database system crowdfunding campaign, we have reached our target and are now running full steam ahead with preparations for the election!
The Pirate Party has been working for some time to co-develop and fund a new, all-in-one member management system that will make running a small political party or volunteer organisation in Australia far easier.
Our aim has been to develop software which will eliminate a significant part of the burden of administration and red tape for small parties and community groups, so that our volunteers can focus on more important things. We also wanted to make membership communication simple for such organistions, and to make membership itself safe and private.
And thanks to you, it’s happening.
“We offer our heartfelt thanks to our generous members and backers from other groups and parties who joined together to fund this project,” said Simon Frew, Pirate Party President. “Thanks must also to our former president Brendan Molloy, who spearheaded this project, and ThoughtWorks, which dedicated hundreds of hours of their time. They have put in a huge effort to change the game for the community sector.
“With three years between elections, small parties need to look for effective ways to make a difference,” said Mr Frew. “And our members and supporters have done just that.”
More details on the project are available here: http://www.pozible.com/project/203561
For several months now, the Pirate Party has been working with ThoughtWorks to develop a digital tool that could change the game for small political parties and community groups in Australia.
“It is hard to run a community group or a political party in this country”, said Thomas Randle, Councillor for Pirate Party Australia. “Anyone in the community group space will know how punishing the red tape has become, and how many different pieces of software are needed to protect membership lists and deal with the administration”.
Not any more though: the Pirate Party intends to launch a new, specialised membership management tool customised for the needs of Australia’s struggling small parties and community groups. This new software not only protects membership data to the highest standard, it also allows a party to easily meet AEC audit requirements. It contains tailored software designed to simplify administration and financial management. It also has mechanisms to manage member communication. It is an all-in-one party management tool which replaces a whole mass of disconnected software programs and also adds a range of new functions which parties and groups need. This powerful software should free up significant resources and time so that community groups and small parties can focus on their important work.
“The best news is, this software will be totally free”, said Mr Randle. “In line with the Pirate Party’s ethos, we are sharing this product as open source freeware, and encouraging anyone interested to get involved in improving and updating it”.
The Pirate Party has started a fundraising drive to help us meet the costs of bringing this project to completion. We are appealing to anyone who wants to make a difference to chip in and help to make this happen.
“A donation to this project won’t be consumed and used up—our goal here is to permanently lift the tide under every community group and small party in Australia”, he noted.
To help and for more information, please check out the campaign page here: http://www.pozible.com/memberdb
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has recently announced that people being surveyed for the Census can no longer retain their anonymity. The ABS will now retain the names and addresses of all contributors to the 2016 Australian Census. The previous Census introduced retention of private data on an opt-in basis, but this time around, retention of private data is to be compulsory.
“Whilst we don’t believe that the ABS is planning to collect identifiable information for nefarious purposes, there are serious privacy concerns with collecting names and addresses along with all of the other personal information gathered in the Census,” said Simon Frew, President of Pirate Party Australia. “A future government could simply re-collate the data and use the information to target opponents based on religion, career or ethnicity. When potential abuse can only be thwarted by the good-will of future governments, the risk to personal safety is too great.”