For what it’s worth, in QLD Emily has been doing a great job kicking off grassroots meetups and engagement in SE QLD. There’s a number of members up here that have been helping in and around universities to get our name out more.
The 12 months following an election is always a quieter period for minor parties. The social medias have been active, we’ve been pushing out media releases on topics that are our core issues and we’ve scored at least one media engagement (me on WA radio late last year). Yeah, Australian politics is a circus, and it makes me frustrated and angry at times, but as Frew says there’s not a huge amount of issues that come into our field of play, but when they do we’re on top of things pretty quickly.
Here’s the thing. The Pirate Party is a grassroots movement. Anyone can contribute and add to the party. And lots of people do - generate content, work on policies to be adopted at Congress, put together visions. In theory, it shouldn’t be up to the National Council to step in and do all the work. Unfortunately, this isn’t seen as the case, as most people see a “governing body” as the one that does the work. The NC is getting better at delegating work, unfortunately not everyone is available and often does the grunt work itself. My point is, people can do stuff without the NC poking them. This shouldn’t be news to anyone, we’ve said it often enough.
The bigger “issue”, is that political parties in Australia work best when people can give them their undivided attention. So many of the big ones are run by people with no full time commitments other than the party. Unfortunately a lot of us don’t have that luxury. It’s one reason why I can’t commit to an NC position at the end of this term. It’s bloody hard when you’re spending nearly 12 hours away from home each day, and you’ve got family and house to look after. I’m not alone, most people on the NC have commitments that can take time away from them. I could be all idealistic and say it’s the nature of capitalism and the system, but there’s always bills to pay, and no everyone has the luxury of being able to focus on one thing while those bills are taken care of.
There’s always plenty to do. There’s always things happening. The next 24 months are more key than the last 12 months to getting ready for an election. I’d love to have our members speak at community events, political events, rallies etc. But it’s much easier said than done. Ideally we can recruit people with enough time on their hands to get out and do it, but thats a separate challenge.