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  • Blog, Internet - Written by on Thursday, January 31, 2013 15:41 - 16 Comments

    Assange’s mum confirms he will run for Senate

    blog It’s 2013 already. So do we have an election date for the Federal Election? Check. Do we have major parties already hitting the airwaves to make their election pitches? Check. Do we have final confirmation that rogue Internet activist Julian Assange is planning to make a bid to be elected to the Australian Senate? Check. Yes, indeed we have confirmation, from Assange’s mum, no less. How professional. The Sydney Morning Herald reports (we recommend you click here for the full article):

    Christine Assange confirmed her son’s candidacy on Wednesday after WikiLeaks tweeted the news. “He will be awesome,” she said.

    Great. And if that isn’t the kind of endorsement every Senate candidate looks for (your mum saying that you’re “awesome”), then we don’t know what is. Now if only Assange could convince the British Government to release him from the Ecuadorian embassy in London so he could come to Australia to campaign, that would be great. Mmmmkay? On the other hand, we suspect that if Assange was elected as a Senator then he would automatically achieve some kind of diplomatic status that would allow him to return. Could be the ultimate trump card? Game on. Pity how Antony Green thinks he has “next to no chance of being elected”. Still, for our money, we hope Assange gets in. It would certainly make Communications Minister Stephen Conroy’s life more interesting.

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    1. Dan
      Posted 31/01/2013 at 4:08 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I’d vote for Assange. At least he has a functional brain.

      Most politicians these days seem to all be shareholders…

      … In the same brain cell

    2. Posted 31/01/2013 at 4:25 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I’d be interested to see his policies, if I was able to vote that is…

    3. Hubert Cumberdale
      Posted 31/01/2013 at 4:36 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I’ll vote for him. If only to see the whole world run around like a headless chicken for the next three years.

      • Posted 31/01/2013 at 8:01 pm | Permalink | Reply

        Wouldn’t that be 6 years?

        • Hubert Cumberdale
          Posted 31/01/2013 at 8:32 pm | Permalink | Reply

          Of course! What was I thinking. Even better ;-)

    4. Simon Reidy
      Posted 31/01/2013 at 5:14 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Just when I thought Australian politics couldn’t get any more bizarre.

    5. jasmcd
      Posted 31/01/2013 at 6:05 pm | Permalink | Reply

      After getting safely home, his first order of business as a senator may be to changing the domain of his site to

      • Bpat
        Posted 01/02/2013 at 9:16 am | Permalink | Reply

        You made me LOL

    6. Glenn
      Posted 31/01/2013 at 9:10 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Antony Green will prove that he is human after all, and is capable of making mistakes.

    7. Posted 01/02/2013 at 11:03 am | Permalink | Reply

      Has anyone actually said which state he’s running in though? They keep saying “New South Wales or Victoria”, but nobody has said which…

    8. djos
      Posted 01/02/2013 at 12:08 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I’m voting for him too!

      We need some folks willing to bring the problems faced in the digital world into the spotlight and try to do something about them that isnt tied to the old media!!!!

      • Posted 01/02/2013 at 9:27 pm | Permalink | Reply

        “I’m voting for him too!”

        Only if he runs in your state… :)

        • djos
          Posted 01/02/2013 at 9:39 pm | Permalink | Reply

          good point, I’d forgotten how the senate worked :-p

    9. Duke
      Posted 01/02/2013 at 6:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I think he will s..t it in, look at the pissants there now for f…s sake…

    10. Stephen H
      Posted 01/02/2013 at 7:51 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I’m guessing he’ll be lodging a postal vote, and campaigning by email?

      • djos
        Posted 01/02/2013 at 8:12 pm | Permalink | Reply

        Sure why not, you’ll prolly find GetUp! and other net based orgs giving him a boost too.

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