Pirate Party in ACT Australia Elections
The Australian pirate Party will be contesting seats in the ACT (Australian Capital Territory) elections being held on 20 October 2012. Unfortunately they were not able to field candidates under the Pirate Party name as they fell six members short of the 100 required to be able to register as a political party in the territory. The ACT branch of the party was started in June 2012, the same month that party registrations were due, so getting to nearly 100 members in such a short time was a herculean effort.
The policies, being offered to the voters, range wider than the core Pirate values of transparency, privacy and copyright and patent reform. They include empowering local community groups, restructuring of the transport systems and a new vision for art and culture in and around Canberra.
The voting system being used is a version of proportional representation called the Hare-Clark system. This system is a modification of the single transferable vote (STV) voting system. You can learn more about it here.
They will be listing three candidates as independents; one each in the three electorates of Brindabella, Ginninderra and Molongo.You can meet the candidates here. And remember to check back with the Pirate Times to see how they did.
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About Andrew Reitemeyer
I am a New Zealand citizen but am currently living in Lower Saxony in Germany and a member of the Pirate Party there and active in my local chapter. I joined in April 2012 once I found out that non citizens were welcome to join and become active members of the Party. By trade I am a programmer and also translate German texts into English and will mainly be active in this respect for the Pirate Times. I hope to be writing articles from time to time and will be part of the Facebook admin team. 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 message around the world. Skype: frithogar