blog Thought you wouldn’t be able to vote for Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks political party because you don’t live in Victoria? Worry not. Come the September Federal Election, voters in NSW and Western Australia will also be able to back the transparency horse, according to an extensive press conference the party’s Victorian headquarters held over the weekend. A decent account of proceedings comes from this article published by Agence France-Presse on Google. A sample paragraph:
“Whistleblowing group WikiLeaks unveiled plans Saturday to field candidates in at least three states in Australia’s elections and said it would be “embarrassing” if Julian Assange won but could not take his seat … The WikiLeaks Party said more than 500 people had already signed up as members”
Given that ABC election analyst Antony Green (who we tend to trust on these matters) continues to publicly state that he believes Assange has “no chance” of winning a Senate seat in Victoria, we suspect Assange is going to be out of luck come September. What your writer is personally more interested in is whether the WikiLeaks Party can survive a first election failure and continue to build momentum in Australia as a legitimate political movement. Similar movements such as the Pirate Party, which have been around for a lot longer, have struggled in Australia. Doubtless the WikiLeaks Party is only riding high right now in national interest because of Assange’s fraught personal circumstances. It will be fascinating to see how long it can stick around.