Apr 2, 2013

Why Julian Assange can win a Senate seat: campaign director

National campaign director of the newly formed WikiLeaks Party, Greg Barns, outlines how Julian Assange could become a Senator -- and how to deal with the pesky not-actually-in-Australia issue.

Greg Barns — Barrister and writer

Greg Barns

Barrister and writer

Julian Assange is, as they say, in the mix when it comes to who might win the sixth Senate seat in Victoria at the September 14 federal election. He is a candidate with an established high profile, he attracts support from across the political landscape, and the issues he stands for resonate with an electorate disillusioned with the mega spin cycle of the Australian political process.

Of course, Assange has some quirks about his campaign which make him unique in this country, although there are precedents in other democracies. That is, he is an Australian citizen who has sought asylum in the embassy of Ecuador in London. Assange is there because he rightly fears that the Swedish prosecuting authorities, who want to question him on allegations of s-xual assault, will hand him across to the United States.

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20 thoughts on “Why Julian Assange can win a Senate seat: campaign director

  1. Bo Gainsbourg

    So what about the risk of Assange effectively splitting the Green vote, making sure they don’t get a senate seat, and delivering that last spot to one of the majors or a whacko like the next version of Steve Fielding? Just as likely as anything else I guess. That won’t help climate change much or the Senate if Abbot gets the expected landslide, – might even deliver it to him. Great.

  2. klewso

    He’d have to be better than “Conroy’s Pup” – “Sloppy” Fielding? He couldn’t be any worse.

  3. Warren Joffe

    I shouldn’t but I’ld like to help. What’s your email address Greg?

  4. beachcomber

    Ex-Liberal Ex-Democrat Mr Barns is now WikiLeaks?

  5. Venise Alstergren

    I wonder which Party he would direct his prefs to?

  6. zut alors

    Let’s hope Assange has a better prognosis than Bobby Sands.

    How I’d laugh if the Oz government had to pull out its finger and actually do something constructive to repatriate Assange. So tired of hearing Gillard, Carr & formerly Roxon, wax on about how much consular assistance he’s receiving. Sure he is…

  7. John Hamer

    what a a crock of siht Greg Barnes. You quote a poll from May 2012 saying how popular the alleged criminal is. 12 months ago Assange hadn’t effectively defected to Equacador after stating Australia had turned its back on him. More recent polls suggest he is anything but popular. It is ludricrous to suggest Assange would be a credible Senate candidate. As if Victorians will vote for a candidate who is not prepared to step foot in Australia.

  8. Achmed

    Why vote for someone who will never set foot in the Parliament? What a waste of a vote.

  9. shepherdmarilyn

    John Harmer, piss off.

    And Achmed, we vote for people at every election who have never set foot in parliament.

    Every pollie is elected for the first time at some point.

    Snarks like you and John Harmer who refuse to engage in sense drive me nuts.

    And John there is no sense to your claim that Assange doesn’t want to step foot in Australia, he want’s nothing more than to come home.

  10. Em_E

    I hope Victorians elect Julian Assange and Wikileaks into the Senate. I believe both candidates could contribute a much needed new and fresh perspective to current government policies and practices. Independents are valued in their roles by providing diversity and balance in decision making. My perception is there are many voters who are disillusioned with the major parties in some areas. If politicians are representatives for the people, then maybe Julian Assange and Wikileaks will add the much needed spice to a bland political pie…
    Yes Greg an attractive alternative.

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