Pirate Party Australia Registers as a Political Party

Pirate Party Australia Registers as a Political Party

Pirate Party Australia announced today, 21 January 2012 that its application for registration as a federal political party passed all tests and is now on the register of political parties.

PPAU was founded in 2009 and is well on its way to being a force in Australian politics. The Party quietly submitted its application in late 2012, and objections to the Party’s registration closed on the 14th of January this year.

“Organising and validating a membership database to then submit to the AEC for the purposes of registration is a daunting task. Fortunately, we had a team of volunteers who were prepared to spend many weekends ensuring that the list we sent to the AEC was entirely valid, and I thank them for their effort,” said Brendan Molloy, Secretary of Pirate Party Australia.

The Party will now turn its attention towards developing policies and the pre-selection of candidates for the upcoming federal election which must be held before 30 November 2013. The Australian electoral system is bicameral on a federal level but also has state legislatures on a state level somewhat similar to the USA and Germany. Voting is compulsory.

“With this milestone reached, refinement of our policies will become the focus of our development teams leading up to pre-selection of our candidates later this year,” said David W. Campbell, President of Pirate Party Australia.

“More than ever before there is a necessity in Australia for a Party that holds empowerment, participation, free culture and openness as its central tenets. A Party that understands the modern emerging information society and the imperative for political transparency that ensures meaningful engagement,” said Rodney Serkowski, the Party’s founder.

“On this momentous occasion, I would like to thank all of those who have supported us through the long-running registration process: our members, our families and supporters from around the world,” said Molloy.

Featured image: CC BY-NC-SA by Daniel Pietzsch and PPAU