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.

Link mentioned in the budget discussion:

Guess whose electorate negatively gears the most…

Two asylum seekers on Nauru have committed acts of self-immolation[1] less than a week after the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea held that the Manus Island detention centre is unconstitutional[2]. In a disgusting response, the Government of Nauru issued a press statement suggesting that the self-harm incidents were “politically motivated” and asylum seekers were “not distressed”.

“Self-harm incidents as extreme as self-immolation cannot be dismissed by claims that asylum seekers on Nauru are not distressed[3]. This — along with other reports of self-harm and the denial of any wrongdoing by the Governments of both Australia and Nauru — shows a complete lack of humanity towards those seeking asylum. Not only that, but the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees has condemned Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers and yesterday demanded that they be moved to humane conditions[4]. It is clear that evidence has given way to political grandstanding and the censoring of information,” said Deputy President Michael Keating

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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.

Nominations

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:
https://pirateparty.org.au/wiki/By-laws#By-law_2013-02_-_Preselection

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.

https://pirateparty.org.au/wiki/2016_Election/Preselection_Nominations

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:
https://discuss.pirateparty.org.au/t/questions-for-potential-candidates-2016-edition/744

The meeting will be at 4pm AEST in IRC, there are instructions on our website to get you connected here:
https://pirateparty.org.au/irc/

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: http://www.pozible.com/project/203561