NSW – Senate

Sam Kearns

Sam Kearns

“The major parties continue can offer only cynicism and denial on important national issues like Asylum Seekers, Climate Change and Affordable Housing, all in the name of economic expediency, while the spirit and self-belief of this nation withers. We are long overdue for leadership in Australia that brings out the best in all people instead of merely favouring the fortunate.”

Sam is a Software Engineer, Musician and Father of 2 from Newcastle. His deep systems analysis skills, keen instincts for social justice and emerging talent as a songwriter and podcaster make him a strong multi-talented candidate. Sam produces the webcast for Pirate Party Australia and believes that creativity and inspiration are sorely missing from leadership in Australia today.

Darren McIntosh

Darren McIntosh

“Technology is outpacing cultural norms, laws and traditional political boundaries, and Pirate Party Australia can bring strategic technologist views to the Australian political landscape.”

Darren is a father of two who lives in Cooma, New South Wales. He entered into an apprenticeship with the Royal Australian Air Force straight after school, and went into commercial telecommunications and IT after serving 9 years. He is currently working as a pre-sales architect in Canberra.

A keen skier and resident of regional Australia, Darren is concerned about climate change challenges, developing renewable energy and enhancing quality of life for Australia’s distributed population through technology.


NSW – Seat of Bennelong

John August

John August

I have long felt strongly about injustices in claims of ownership, particularly those around intellectual property. I also find the range of rationally based policies in the Pirate Party worthwhile and a great addition to public policy debate.

John is a writer, Science Communicator and IT contractor. He has, over many years, taken an interest in intellectual property, having completed one year of employment towards becoming a Patent Attorney. John has written about these issues on his blog at johnaugust.com.au.

John has long been involved in a range of different causes and groups including NSW Humanists, NSW Rationalists, Sydney Outdoor Lighting Improvement Society, Non-Smoking movement of Australia, Sydney Engineering Heritage Committee, Australian Canal Society and the Sydney Realists. John has close ties to the electorate of Bennelong, having previously stood for election as an independent and on behalf of the Secular Party and been involved locally in Community Radio.

QLD – Senate

Brandon Selic

Brandon Selic

“For over the past 10 years the governing politicians in Australia have demonstrated intolerable cruelty to those citizens of the world who most needed protection, enacted short-sighted policies that threaten the intergenerational equity of the planet, and maintained that a disproportionate share of wealth remain in the hands of the few; widening and worsening the economic gap.

Australia deserves a better class of politician.”

Brandon is a Community Lawyer in South East Queensland, and for nearly a decade he has provided legal advice and advocacy to those in the community who would otherwise not have access to justice.

Despite coming from a legal rather than an IT background, Brandon supports and advocates for the Pirate Party’s platform of the protection of civil and digital liberties, but has also sought to expand the policy base to areas such as Domestic Violence Law Reform.


Isaac Pursehouse

Isaac Pursehouse

“I want to stand for the Pirate Party and support its dedication to digital civil liberties which have become a real issue in our technologically interconnected society, and the understanding that all basic human rights and an individual’s dignity must be equally provided for before these higher level rights can be achieved. These are the basic rights such as Free speech, Freedom from persecution, Marriage equality and the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the national constitution which the Pirate Party is the only party to officially include in its polices; which I feel very strongly for as I have lived and worked with several Indigenous groups and communities.”

Isaac spent his early years growing up in far north Queensland where his father was a helicopter muster pilot for several large cattle stations in the area. He then spent most of his school years on his families property in central west NSW before moving to Sydney to complete his HSC. Most recently he has been living in Brisbane for nearly 8 years.

Isaac is currently completing his second round of studies, studying a Bachelor or Professional Communications at CQUni. When not studying or attending community events he plays underwater rugby, SCUBA dives and games online when time permits. Previously he studied a Double Engineering and Business degree at QUT; His career started in IT, moved through a few retail, hospitality, Child Care, Telecommunications and training roles and even a couple of desk jobs while also spending 7 years as a Combat Engineer in the Army Reserves.

Isaac has held leadership and training roles at a regional and national level with Engineers Without Borders and Amnesty International, and has been supplied training from the Red Cross, RedR and the UN Department of Safety & Security.

In 2013 he got the opportunity to work in work in Nepal helping to develop medical and educational volunteer programs and then on returning to Australia created his own Social Enterprise Consultancy Service “Guerrilla Welfare” to assist positive change action groups and organisations.

Vic – Senate

Lachlan Simpson

Lachlan Simpson

“To keep asking the Australian people to put one or the other major party last is not a strategy that is working for the people of Australia – its poor or disabled or both, their carers, its artists, its scientists, its teachers and nurses, its ecosystems or its cultures. It’s not working out for its workers or its unemployed. It’s not working out any of us in terms of privacy, welfare, education or health outcomes. It’s time to try something new.”

Lachlan is a Systems Administrator at a research hospital. Previously he has worked for The Wilderness Society and was an Australian Aid volunteer in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati. Lachlan is a keen consumer and supporter of the arts, believes that diverse culture is important for empathy, understanding and and compassion and lives in Footscray precisely because of it is multicultural and diverse streetscape. He believes that justice and independent oversight are fundamental to a democracy and has worked with independent media and Free and Open Source software communities for over twenty years.

Richard Burleigh

Richard Burleigh

I am a passionate supporter of civil liberties – be it the freedom to communicate without the fear of surveillance, the right of both individuals and corporations to access and implement encryption, and above of all, the freedom of a person to control their body, express their thoughts and have the same voice regardless of race, gender or sexual preferences. I am seeking to give Victorians a voice in this election by bringing the Pirate Party to this key state.

Richard is a vocal advocate for the advancement of civil liberties in the information age. He currently runs a TOR relay, is a Bitcoin enthusiast and has advocated for and implemented FOSS at various NGOs. Richard was previously a member of the Wikileaks Party before switching to the Pirate Party. He is currently employed as a Data and Insights Manager for a large Australian NGO.