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.
The National Council consists of nine members directly elected by the membership of the Party each year at our National Congress.
Emily joined the Pirate Party in 2015 and has been on the National Council for a few months. She is particularly interested in the ethical and practical effects of technology on law and society. Her main aims as a Pirate is to increase member participation and to facilitate discussion.
She has worked in a number of fields including higher education, research, museums, IT, engineering, robotics, and administration. When she is at home she is usually either posting about politics on the internet or adding to her llama collection.
Biography coming soon.
Tom is a Hobart based programmer with experience in event production, branding and marketing and project management. He was the lead Tasmanian Senate Candidate at the 2013 federal election and has helped organise and presented at Cryptoparty and privacy events.
As Secretary he intends to use his role to help grow the Party, improve participation by the membership and ensure the public at large know about the Party’s principles, policy and world view. His other contributions to the Party have included as a State Coordinator and Campaigns Officer.
Simon is based in Melbourne and runs his own IT business. His hobbies include playing video games, computing and having sensible discussions over the internet.
Simon first found out about the party in 2013 when looking for a party to vote for and was impressed by the sensible policies. Simon decided to join the party as a member in 2015. He helped hand out How-to-vote cards with his dog during the 2016 election, and then volunteered to help with the running of the party in 2017.
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.
Simon is a musician and activist who has been involved in politics for eighteen years. He was one of the founding members of the Party and has served on the National Council for the last five years. In that time Simon has worked to stop the government’s Internet filter, to protect civil liberties from the encroachment of the state, and worked to try to thwart the IP chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.
He is in the science fiction inspired psychedelic electronic band Alien Space Candy, and plays a range of instruments including the accordion and bass guitar.
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 Registered Officer, Alex is the point of contact with the Australian Electoral Commission. He is also working to grow the party at a grass-roots level in his native Brisbane.
Biography coming soon.
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.