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.

You can read about this at Al-Jazeera, The Washington Post and The Daily Telegraph (to name but the first three that I picked out from a Google news search), or by entering "Assange" into the Twitter search engine, where you will be informed that "Julian Assange Incar Kursi Senat Australia", that "se postulará Julian Assange a un escaño para el senado de Australia", and that "Julian Assange will in die Politik gehen". Best of all was The Huffington Post, which carried a loudly capitalised headline atop its front page reading, "SENATOR ASSANGE?"