Pirate Party Australia is pleased to formally announce that the Party has decided on candidates in four states. The Party met last month to hear presentations from members seeking candidacy for the Senate this year. Nominations came from New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, and Tasmania.
Brendan Molloy and David Campbell, Secretary and President of the Party respectively, will be competing in the election in New South Wales.
“Australia needs strong representatives that actually stand for principles. I intend to be that representative, pushing back on the encroaching surveillance state of data retention and Internet censorship, while offering positive and much needed reform for copyright, digital liberties and civil liberties,” said Brendan Molloy, lead candidate for New South Wales.
“For too long the electorate has been treated poorly by the incumbents, assuming that the voter will only choose between the big two parties. We offer Australians a real option for political change. I look forward to the public discourse, and hope everyone will join us in creating a better future for Australia.”
Nominations for the Victorian ballot from Joe Miles and Geoff Hammett were successful.
“During this campaign we will be bringing something new to the political debate, a discussion on where we see ourselves as a nation in the future and genuine solutions for getting there. This is done with proactive politics and proactive decision making, with democracy at the core. These are things I hope to bring to the Australian Senate,” stated Joe Miles, lead candidate for Victoria.
In Queensland, the Party will be fielding Melanie Thomas and Liam Pomfret.
“I’m delighted to have been selected as a Queensland Senate candidate for the 2013 federal election. I’m looking firmly toward the future and I pledge my commitment to working toward an innovative and inclusive society,” commented Melanie Thomas, lead candidate for Queensland.
In Tasmania, the Party’s candidates will include Thomas Randle. Additional candidates may be announced in July, pending the results of the Party’s National Congress which will be held in Canberra.