Pirate Congress 2016

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Official Party Document
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23-24 July, 2016


The Philip Smith Centre
Theatre Room
2 Edward Street,
Hobart TAS 7000

For drivers: If you're heading southeast down the Brooker, you can just turn off left onto Edward Street. From any other direction, use the roundabout then take a left onto Aberdeen, then another left onto Edward. There's also a carpark on the venue grounds which should be reasonably free on the weekend and accessible from the Brooker (next left after Edward).

Map: http://osm.org/go/uIWgMSwxw?layers=N&m=&way=22748773

Website: http://philipsmithcentre.com.au/


RSVP is required: https://piratecongress-2016.eventbrite.com.au

Hosting this event including online streaming costs about $800 for the whole weekend, so please keep this in mind when deciding your contribution amount. We recommend a contribution of at least $35 but any amount including $0 is acceptable.

Online Participation

You should still RSVP in order to participate online!

For those who will be participating remotely, the URL for the whole weekend is http://livestream.pirateparty.org.au.

You will be able to watch all of the Congress from there, and take part in the proceedings as part of the chatroom. All motions will occur there, and remote participants may make comments that will be relayed to the room upon request to the host.


Google map: Hobart accommodation by price

Wotif Hobart listing: https://www.wotif.com/Hobart-Hotels.d6052485.Travel-Guide-Hotels


Wifi is available at the venue, however, we cannot guarantee its adequacy.


Minutes will be published here as soon as possible after the Congress.


Treasurer's Report

File:PPAU Treasurers report 2016.pdf


Standing Orders

The National Congress will be regulated by standing orders which can be amended at Congress and must be agreed to before business starts.

Other Information

Elections & Nominations

The weekend will be used for deliberation, and positions will be voted on using an online method over a seven day period. Results of the election will be published on the Party's website once that voting period closes.

The following positions will be elected:

  • National Council (9):
    • President
    • Deputy President
    • Secretary
    • Deputy Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • Deputy Treasurer
    • Registered Officer
    • Councillors (2)
  • Dispute Resolution Committee members (2)
  • Policy Development Officer (1)

List of nominations for electable positions

The following current office bearers have confirmed that they will not be renominating.

  • Catty McCat
  • Ben McGinnes (vacating the Deputy Treasurer position)

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The Party is incorporated in NSW, and for the purposes of the Incorporations Act 1984 (NSW) the National Congress will serve as the AGM.

Constitutional amendments

Constitutional amendments must be submitted to [email protected] before 11:59 pm on Friday 24 June 2016 (AEST).

Party Platform and Policies

Policies are voted/decided on at the National Congress. Voting on policies will happen after the deliberative process. Procedural and amendment votes will only be available for those in attendance, adoption votes will be party wide. Policy proposals should be provided to the Policy Development Committee for feedback by emailing [email protected] and circulated on Party forums and/or discussion lists. Final proposals should be submitted to [email protected] at least 10 days before Congress so they can be allowed for in the agenda.

Instructions for internal elections

Instructions for completing ballots are provided when members receive the ballots, and can also be read here.