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Mar 19, 2012

Poll Bludger: Assange for Canberra a new can of worms

Australian electoral affairs made a rare entree into the international news on Saturday when Julian Assange announced he would run for a seat in the Senate at the next federal election.

William Bowe — Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe

Editor of The Poll Bludger

Australian electoral affairs made a rare entree into the international news on Saturday when Julian Assange announced he would run for a seat in the Senate at the next federal election.

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24 thoughts on “Poll Bludger: Assange for Canberra a new can of worms

  1. Edward James

    If such a thing occurs have stranger things happened? Edward James

  2. Lannie

    Anyone know which state would he be eligible to run in?

  3. William Bowe

    Lannie, if he’s eligible to run at all, he will be able to run in whichever state (or territory) he likes.

  4. shaz_uae

    Reckon he would have taken himself off the electoral roll some time ago, otherwise would have had to pay tax on all those “donations” which bankrolled his 5 star hotel life (until recently, of course). 🙂

  5. Meski

    @Edward: Pauline Hanson, for one. Joh for PM campaign?

  6. zut alors

    Meski and Edward: Albert Field to the Federal Senate, appointed by Joh.

  7. Meski

    @Zut: Yes, I’ll pay that one. I bet Gough remembers the name.

  8. arnold ziffel

    ‘If not, it would be left to the relevant state parliament — of whatever partisan complexion — to determine the matter as it saw fit.’
    Not quite – they would have to appoint someone nominated from the same party – after amendment following 1977 referendum the Constitution says at S.15 : ‘… a person chosen or appointed under this section in consequence of that vacancy, or in consequence of that vacancy and a subsequent vacancy or vacancies, shall, unless there is no member of that party available to be chosen or appointed, be a member of that party.’
    No more dodgy Joh stuff allowed.

  9. Mal White

    I would have thought that Canberra leaked enough already.

  10. shepherdmarilyn

    Anyone is allowed to run for the senate unless they have been convicted of a serious crime or are not Australian citizens.

    As there is no election until the end of next year what is the problem?

    Being under house arrest 18 months before that election when he has not been charged with a single offence was ridiculous and the UK courts should be ashamed of themselves for allowing such draconian nonsense.

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