While it’s easy (and fun) to imagine a country overrun with peg legs and eye patches, the party will in fact focus its energy on whistleblowing and data retention.

“As the Prime Minister condemns whistleblowers and publishers without trial, the spectre of data retention looms, policy is laundered and Australia’s interests are sidelined by faceless diplomats and bureaucrats through ill-considered trade pacts there has never been more reason to put pirates in parliament,” party founder Rodney Serkowski posted on the party’s website.

If the party is successful, Australians will be able to vote for their favourite pirate candidate into Parliament at the next Federal Election.