blog It’s been in the works for a while, but Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has finally come right out and confirmed that he’s definitely forming an Australian Wikileaks political party with the intention of backing his bid to run for the Senate in 2013. The Age reports (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange has confirmed his intention to run as a Senate candidate in the 2013 federal election and will announce the formation of a WikiLeaks political party early next year.”
Of course, there’s a lot of assumptions at play here, the largest one, presumably, being that Assange will be able to escape the current diplomatic entanglement he finds himself in for long enough to return to Australia for the elections and then to join the Senate if he was elected (being elected not an easy task in itself). One also might question why Assange doesn’t just join the Pirate Party of Australia, which already has an established organisation with similar ideals to his own.
But we have to say, personally your writer is hoping that Assange is successful in being elected, if for no other reason than we’d love to see the presumably daily battles in the Senate between the Wikileaks founder and Communications Minister Stephen Conroy. Plus, we’re sure Assange could collaborate with Greens Senator Scott Ludlam on reining in the worst excesses (hello, National Security Inquiry) of the Attorney-General’s Department. Yes, please.
Update: Antony Green at the ABC says Assange has “next to no chance” of being elected:
“He will be competing with Labor and the Greens for a seat in whichever state he contests, especially against the Greens. Assange would first need to get enough first preferences, say 4-5%, to give him a chance of getting ahead of a Labor or Green candidate, and then need to get both Labor and Green preferences. I would expect Labor and the Greens to swap preferences ahead of Assange.”