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ACT Opinions

Posted on: 30 September 2012

Could a party of pirates be good for the Assembly?

I confess to disappointment that the pirate crew manning the party’s sloop in Canberra didn’t swagger into our meeting at Caph’s, Manuka singing yo- ho- ho and a bottle of rum. Even if they had, 10 o’clock in the morning these days is too early for me to splice the mainbrace, and so I settled for a coffee.

But even if they didn’t have a bottle of rum I hoped they brought with them some hidden political policy treasures they were prepared to put to the use of Canberra if they managed to drop anchor in the Assembly.
There are three pirates standing for the ACT Assembly: Mark Gibbons – Brindabella, Glen Takkenberg – Ginninderra and Stuart Biggs – Molonglo.

But these three pirates are more sophisticated than the pirates of old and also have a different philosophy They want to become crew members of the ACT ship of state the Legislative to help set it on a course that will deliver care not fear, a course built on bringing the community benefits they think absent at the moment.

They propose to do this through policies dedicated to improving the amenities and services they think Canberrans should have, not gesture based policies based on fear and designed by the major parties to scare voters into giving their candidates the keys to the Assembly. It may be that if parties such as the Pirate Party are given a chance it will show the major parties to be wrong.

To that end the Pirate Party has developed a range of progressive policies that it says can sustain Canberra as a city whose environment will please its citizens and also offer younger citizens an exciting range of opportunities.

Among these policies:

1. Rebuild a successful bus transit network.

•They have a wide range of improvements in mind eg; a 15 minute minimum peak frequency during peak hours.

• Synchronised interchange timetables to ensure a wait time of no more than five minutes for users boarding inter-town services.

• Hire additional interchange staff to supervise connections and improve cleanliness, maintenance and passenger safety.

• Simplify network structure to remove the need for park-and-ride services (which entrench car dependence), week-end networks and ad-hoc ‘special’ or ‘espresso’ services.

They will rebuild the far more successful network structure which operated in Canberra during the 1970s and 1980s and bring Canberra into the forefront of best practice among cities of equivalent size and density such as Ottawa that will also provide employment for Canberra residents.

2. Sharing and building art and culture

• Recognising the importance of live music and the needs of smaller bars and venues.
• Attracting musical and cultural events to Canberra
• Support public ownership of publically funded art and music.

3. Privacy for individuals, transparency for governments

• Freedom and privacy for individuals.
• Openness and transparency for governments.
• Correct structural failures in ACT Development process.

4. Empowering community groups

• Increase funding for community groups
• Reduce regulatory funding for community groups

5. Advocacy

Elected members of the Pirate Party will seek to raise the profile of issues including:

•Promotion of information sharing and ‘cultural commons’
• Protection for freedom of speech and association
•Protection of privacy rights
•Protection from internet censorship
• Reform of patent law, including pharmaceutical and gene patenting
• Decriminalisation of non-commercial copyright infringement & opposition to draconian copyright laws and treaties
• Reform of the “life + 70 years” copyright length

Let me confess also that I have spent many a worse three hours in conversation with politicians with ideas not as well thought out or as well articulated as the ideas of this group who answered every question put to them.

Clearly they were practicing their declared policy of openness and transparency. On that basis alone, many people in Canberra would be happy to vote for them.

If in doubt about the Pirate Party check out their policies at:


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