We also have one of the most developed platforms of all political parties in Australia, and strong evidence-based policies.
We would be doing ourselves a disservice by being subsumed by a “big church” party.
The strength in numbers mentality also seems to be an unique concept in the political world, particularly as it only seems to arise within Anglo-based political systems, regardless of voting system.
Sweden since the early 20th century has been a five-party system with proportional representation (communists, social democrats, conservatives, agrarians and liberals). UK, US and Australia have mostly been two or three party systems at most. This by definition cannot lead to representative governance, as your interests can never be wholly represented as there are competing interests within the parties themselves.
What is more troubling is that the UK and US have first-past-the-post voting systems while we have a preferential system, and yet a two-party system still developed. This seems largely due to the house of governance, the House of Representatives, being majoritarian in construction and not proportional, ensuring the dominance of two parties except in exceptional circumstances.
So given that the constraints of our current system make it very difficult for PPAU to gain seats in the House of Representatives, what are we doing? I quote the Party Constitution:
Objectives of Pirate Party Australia also include:
- To construct, advocate and implement policies in accordance with the principles stated within this constitution; and
- To generally educate and bring awareness to the issues that are stated within this constitution; and
- To educate and encourage other political entities to adopt our objectives, whether that be through advocacy or preference allocation.
The Pirate Party, and by extension the movement itself, has always been simultaneously about lobbying and activism while attempting to achieve political power. It is also worth noting that a balance of power situation can be just as effective as having dominance in the lower house, which is another part of our general strategy.
It is imperative that we remain an independent organisation. This doesn’t mean we cannot forge alliances and work closely with others. No, what it means is that we can do that. Once you’re consumed into a big church party, your specificity is killed. We wouldn’t be able to strongly fight on international issues such as copyright, nor take “radical” positions as everything becomes insular and focused on taking power.
It just perpetuates the cycle, and Pirates aren’t about perpetuating cycles.