National Council

The National Council consists of nine members directly elected by the membership of the Party each year at our National Congress.
Our Party is governed at a federal level by the National Council, which sets direction and makes decisions relating to the Party’s day-to-day operation.
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Miles Whiticker


Miles Whiticker is an activist, organiser, unionist and street journalist from Brisbane. He has been part of the activist scene in Queensland and a Pirate for nearly 10 years, supporting science and evidence based causes with a preference for community engagement and volunteering.

Miles has assisted the party at the Griffith by-election 2014, the Federal election 2016, and has contributed time towards developing press releases, recruiting and raising awareness of the party platform through social media.

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John August

Deputy President

John does computer support work in retail and shareholder communication. He is passionate about justice and ethics in our world, particularly as it plays out in law generally and intellectual property in particular. He has stood on behalf of the Pirate Party in the Federal seat of Bennelong and also as a Councillor for Ryde City Council.

Along with technology and law John is also interested in spoken word and poetry. He broadcasts on community radio and hosts the program “Roving Spotlight” on Tuesdays from noon-2pm on Radio Skid Row Marrickville Sydney, and writes about his ideas on the website

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Alex Jago


Alex is finishing up an electrical engineering degree. His other passions include choral singing, transport planning, and psephology. He joined the party in 2014 for its digital literacy and commitment to evidence-based policy.

As Secretary, Alex handles membership and correspondence. In the previous National Council term, he was Registered Officer – the point of contact with the Australian Electoral Commission. Those duties are now also included in those of the Secretary. Alex is also working to grow the party at a grass-roots level in his native Brisbane.


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Mark Gibbons


Mark lives in Canberra and works as an economist. He ran as a Pirate candidate in the ACT elections in 2012—the first election which the Party contested. Following this, he served as head of Policy Development Committee, then as Deputy Treasurer, and finally as Treasurer since 2015.

Mark was a long-time IP sceptic who spent years watching copyright lobbyists trying to sabotage digital rights through treaties like SOPA and PIPA. He joined the Party after seeing how effective digital rights campaigns can be.

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Joe Furi

Deputy Treasurer


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Daniel Oakley




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David Read


David has been a Pirate for 3 years, a farmer for a lot longer, has grandchildren, and describes himself as “a bit of a pest”. He has also filled the Social Media Officer (ongoing) role for 2 years. Recently stepping up to the Councillor position, he brings a rural attitude to policy and procedure. If nothing else, he claims the best Pirate beard.