PAX have opened up registrations to be involved in a discussion panel at Pax Australia, 4-6 November 2016 in Melbourne.
PAX panels provide an absolutely massive amount of visibility to political issues. Last Year Senator Scott Ludlem (Greens) was in one and the interest was absolutely massive - long queues and they had to turn people away well before they even started filling because there were just too many people to even fit in the room.
This is a perfect opportunity to bring attention to political issues that affect gamers, the technologically mindful, the younger generations (older ones too) and diverse demographics, and it provides visibility to the party and it’s values too if we participate.
I think issues of censorship and copyright reform would be excellent topics, among others. The main topic of the expo is Games (video/board/card games/cosplay/culture etc) so the topic must tie in with gaming in some way.
PAX would generally put like-minded topics into the one discussion panel with a varied range of viewpoints/reps sharing the same panel. So for example if the topic is COPYRIGHT REFORM, they would have about 4-8 experts from a range of different organisations discussing it in front of an audience. Some panelists are basically in agreement with each other but not always.
The Greens will no doubt be participating again this year because it was such a huge platform for them, and I think that Pirates could join in on similar panels in collaboration (we don’t have to necessarily agree on issues, just run a panel together) or perhaps tackle issues that the Greens do not focus on as much as we do.
Obviously our main efforts are on election but this is too big an opportunity to miss as well, so we should be doing something in this space.