The Pirate Party has completed it’s pre-selection process and can now announce its candidates for the 2016 Federal Election. In keeping with the Party’s democratic principles, all members were entitled to nominate themselves, and all members were entitled to vote on the preselection of candidates in their state.

The Pirate Party will be contesting for the Senate in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, as well as the House of Representatives seat of Bennelong. The party will receive its own column on the Senate ballot, as there are two candidates for each state they are contesting.

The campaign will be using the slogan “Transparency, Liberty and Digital Rights” or TLDR (Too Long; Didn’t Read in ‘Netspeak) and will be focused on providing an alternative narrative to terror, corruption and surveillance being peddled by the major Parties.
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The webcast returns for a new season this week and Sam introduces new co-host Brandon Selic to the show. They discuss the coming election, Pirate Party Australia’s senate candidates, the 2016 federal budget and asylum seekers. Subscribe to the feed, or view past episodes.

Link mentioned in the budget discussion:

Guess whose electorate negatively gears the most…

Two asylum seekers on Nauru have committed acts of self-immolation[1] less than a week after the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea held that the Manus Island detention centre is unconstitutional[2]. 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[3]. 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[4]. It is clear that evidence has given way to political grandstanding and the censoring of information,” said Deputy President Michael Keating

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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.

Pre-selection Meeting

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!