Summary: PPI has put out a call for submission of offers to host their 2017 annual conference. I am preparing a submission for Pirate Party Australia to host it in Brisbane on the weekend of 2nd and 3rd of December, pending approval by the NC.
The deadline for submissions is August 6th and I’m aware how close that is. There are several points to consider which need to be discussed.
- Prior poor relations between PPI and PPAU leading to our general vote to leave.
- Likelihood of PPI being receptive to our submission, given our concerns with their operations and EU-focus.
- Logistical concerns with hosting a large international event.
- Benefits to hosting the PPI conference in Australia
(3) is the easiest of these to overcome. As this is a submission for offer, but not an actual promise, we can offer what we believe is within our capabilities. Based on the requirements and the quotes I’ve received for venue hire etc, full costs for the weekend could be in the area of $6,000 to $12,000. My proposal is that we offer to provide perhaps $800, which we know is the rough amount we cover each year for the PPAU National Congress. There are other funding options to consider, but none at this stage which are concrete enough to guarantee more than that.
(2) PPI allows conference hosts for non-member bodies and welcomes submissions outside of Europe. They have recently (February this year) formally reached out to PPAU to “refresh” relations and try to improve on prior years.
(1) PPAU joined PPI at some time in 2012 not long after it was founded. PPAU left in 2015 following a number of grievances, the largest of which included a dispute about member fees, that undue importance was placed on supranational advocation of pirate platforms over support for regional parties, that the PPI board did not behave in a democratic or transparent manner.
There is an extensive discussion to be had around these grievances which I think is worthwhile having. I think the time has come or will come soon to revisit talks with PPI and consider becoming an observer member given in part the board is almost completely new since 2015 and being a socmed team member, I’ve been following a PPI rebranding to highlight more on regional activism.
(4) Accompanying an extensive press and social media campaign as well as by inviting prominent Australian speakers to the event, we could provide a huge boost to the profile of the Australian pirates both in awareness and “legitimacy”.