Australian 2013 Election Results
Weeks after the Australian elections, the results have still not been finalized due to the complex preference voting system, but it is clear that the Pirate Party has not been able to win a Senate seat.
They did not get elected but the Pirate Party has won more national recognition. Their competition was tough, running against a Green Party that had a very similar digital rights platform (according to Electronic Frontiers Australia) and the newly formed Wikileaks Party who were appealing to much of the same demographic with similar propositions as the Pirates and the Greens on digital rights. Another smaller party that also had similar digital right proposals was the Sex Party (not a joke, that’s their real name).
As we reported earlier WikiLeaks probably made a tactical mistake by supporting right leaning parties instead of the WikiLeaks-friendly Greens. It may seem that the Australians were not sufficiently convinced that their civil rights were more important than their desire to drive SUVs through the outback, as one new senator was from the Australian Motor Enthusiasts Party. This party gained less votes than WikiLeaks Party but in fact profited from preference votes allocated by the major parties. On a brighter note the Sex Party, who have a strong digital rights platform, did win a senate seat.
The Pirates were not able to contest in every state and with limited funds getting about half of the WikiLeaks Party’s 0.62% of the national vote is not a defeat but a step on the way to spreading the Pirate message to the Australian people. Gaining seats in government is not the only way to change oppressive laws and the nascent PPAU will be profiting from the experience and looking forward to the next campaign.
When the full results are available we will update this page as appropriate.