Worst case scenario, just deregister at local level and register at state level, I guess.
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NSW should definitely register at a local level first. Even if it doesn’t get State done anytime soon (and there’s no guarantee it will; need 750 members and $2000 vs 100 members and what looks to be $0), running mayoral candidates has acceptable bang for buck. For example, running for Wollongong mayor would’ve got the Pirate name in front of about 100,000 voters for a nomination fee of $125 (unless Mayor is costlier). NSW Senate was 4.7 million voters and $4000. So cheaper per potential voter, but a much larger ballot paper, and vastly different levels of fundraising.
I agree, we could have this done before the end of the year (just to have it done and up our sleeve, because NSW has that silly 1-year-out freeze). The timing isn’t fantastic, but there should be some sort of Federal electoral event in 2021-22, and the next batch of NSW council elections should be in 2020-21.