Australian Pirate Party wins right to contest federal election

Pirate Party Australia hopes to field candidates in every state and territory after the party won the right to contest its first ever Australian election.

The Australian Electoral Commission confirmed the official registration of the party today, a process the party said it had "quietly" undertaken beginning late last year.

Party president David Campbell told iTnews that work would now turn to "refining our policies" ahead of candidate pre-selection, which is set down for late March or early April. "We're looking at hopefully two [candidates] for each of the Eastern states, and at least one in each of the territories," he said.