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.

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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!

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: