Hello everyone. I’m writing here to put my thoughts down about the future of the party. As we are facing a risk of being deregistered in the coming year, it is again time to consider the future of the party. While it’s possible to run electoral platforms without a registered party, it introduces new complexities and difficulties to what is already an exhausting process.
As such I think the party would benefit more from focussing on non-electoral advocacy, at least until we build up a critical mass. In the coming year if I’m re-elected I intend to refocus party to non-electoral activism and advocacy. This will take an enormous financial and labour burden off our volunteers while enabling us to continue having a presence and voice in Australian politics, while not ruling out future Australian Pirate elected members
Without having to save donations for an electoral campaign, this frees up a huge portion of our budget and enables 2 exciting new possibilities for us:
- A paid administrative position to carry out core party duties (social media, outreach, press releases, volunteer and campaign coordination bill review, submission writing etc)
- Financial grants or prizes for notable activities that support pirate politics eg songwriting competition, policy writing, tech startups, celebrity endorsements etc.
This refocus will have the added bonus of doing significantly more for our presence and brand which will help the party grow. On Sunday in the candidate AMA session I’ll happily answer more and discuss some of the challenges we have faced (as I see it) over the previous years of party history.
If you are reading this please consider nominating for National Council, and I hope to see on the weekend.