Pirate Party completes federal electoral registration

Candidates for Pirate Party Australia can now list their party affiliation when standing in federal elections

Pirate Party Australia has received registration from the Australian Electoral Commission, allowing candidates to have their membership of the political party listed on ballots in the next federal election.

The party it submitted its application on 30 October 2012. A statement from the AEC said that only one objection to the party's registration had been received, but that it did not contain grounds for denying registration.

Registration requires signing up at least 500 members to a party, with the AEC then validating a random selection of the members to ensure they are registered Australian voters.

"With this milestone reached, refinement of our policies will become the focus of our development teams leading up to pre-selection of our candidates later this year," said the party's president, David Campbell, in a statement.

Pirate Parties International lists 68 countries where Pirate Parties have either been established or are being established. The movement was originally inspired by Sweden's Piratpartiet, which was formed in 2006. Pirate Party Australia was formed in 2009.

Pirate Party Australia advocates free speech, the protection and expansion of civil liberties and intellectual property reform.

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