Desert road in Western Australia

Meet the Pirates Contesting the Western Australian Senate

Due to the loss of a large number of votes by the Australian electoral commission the election for the Senate representatives for Western Australia must be held again. There are 77 political hopefuls on the candidate lists and two of them are Pirates.


Fletcher Boyd – CC BY-SA PPAU

Fletcher Boyd is a software engineer and spent several years in the technology industry as a business owner and hosting consultant He is keen to see intellectual property reform and greater equality within the wider Australian community. For instance he is keenly aware that bringing metropolitan-grade services to regional Australia is vital to a nation of equal opportunities.

“This year, Western Australia can take a stand. This election offers our state the opportunity to say ‘no’ to the human rights violations being committed in our name. To say ‘no’ to reactionary legislation designed to placate, and not to solve. To vote instead for policies based on scientific evidence, dedication to transparency, and protection of human rights.”

Michelle Allen portrait

Michelle Allen – CC BY-SA PPAU

Michelle Allen is a software development manager. She has a long history of advocating for the Pirate principles of  equality, human rights and copyright reform in Australia. Michelle believes all Australians should be treated equally, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, social status or belief, and has campaigned to ensure that everyone in Australia is given a fair go.

“This election is an opportunity to show the major parties we are unhappy with the direction our nation is moving. Pirate Party Australia can offer those uninspired by the traditional political duopoly actual change. We know how to use the internet, we understand how technology works and will fight to ensure transparency in government, because our democracy is founded on the principle of an informed citizenry.”

Making the election more interesting is the fact that some political comentators fear a very low turnout on 5 April 2014when the citizens of Western Australia are called to the polling booths. We will let you know how they fare.

Featured image CC BY-NC Pete Hill

Andrew Reitemeyer

About Andrew Reitemeyer

I joined the Pirate Party of Lower Saxony in Germany in April 2012, once I found out that non citizens were welcome to join and become active members of the Party. I joined the Pirate Times soon after it was started as a proof reader and am now an editor and author. Since then I have returned to my native New Zealand and joined the Pirate Party of New Zealand. Politically I come from the libertarian left and have, up to now, not regarded any political party as having a solution for the democratic deficit that envelops the world. With the advent of the Pirate Party, which truly embraces grass roots democracy, I have found a political home. The Pirate Times is a way I can contribute to furthering the Pirate Movement around the world. Skype: frithogar