video In this brief video filmed at a doorstop press conference last week, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy — a Senator for Victoria — gives his reaction to the news that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has made an application to register the Wikileaks Party in Australia and will seek election in September as a Senator for Victoria. Note: Conroy is also a Senator for Victoria, but is not up for election in September as he was elected in the 2010 Federal Election, and still has three years to serve in the Senate. Conroy’s response:
“I’m not actually up for election, give up hope he can defeat me in the coming election. The people of Victoria will decide who represents Victoria. I’ve been lucky enough to be elected on a string of occasions. Democracy is a fabulous thing, and anyone is entitled; even you could nominate in NSW, Renai. He’ll put forward his policies, the people of Victoria will make a judgement about them.”
Conroy’s comments come as a major new interview with Assange has been published this morning by University of Sydney Professor of Politics John Keane. In it, Assange outlines some of his vision for his Wikileaks Party; and the reader also gets an insight into what his daily life, locked away inside the Ecuadorian Embassy, is like.