Aug 19, 2013

WikiLeaks Party’s ‘administrative errors’ incense Greens

A decision by the WikiLeaks Party to direct preferences away from Julian Assange's strongest political supporter has incensed supporters. They should have known better.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

The fledgling WikiLeaks Party has inflicted major damage on itself after a disastrous preference allocation that saw it preferencing far-right parties, apologising for an “administrative error” and preferencing the WA Nationals ahead of Julian Assange’s strongest political supporter, Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.

The Senate preference allocations revealed yesterday showed, in New South Wales, WikiLeaks had preferenced the right-wing Shooters and Fishers Party and the extreme-right Australia First Party, run by convicted criminal and former neo-Nazi Jim Saleam, ahead of the Greens and the major parties. Australia First wants to end all immigration and to restore the death penalty.

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41 thoughts on “WikiLeaks Party’s ‘administrative errors’ incense Greens

  1. Xoanon

    I had planned to preference Wikileaks after the Greens below the line on the Victorian Senate paper. But after this bit of bastardry – made worse by lying about an “administrative error” – they’re getting shunted way down past Labor.

  2. Andybob

    I couldn’t see anywhere that the Wikileaks Party had changed its preference decision. Blaming an ‘administrative error’ but keeping the decision unchanged is neither transparent nor honest. The party has abandoned its own principles at the first hurdle.

  3. paddy

    Whether it’s a stuff up or a conspiracy, the Wikileaks Party has just blown its supporter base to bits.
    It’s not like the supporters aren’t net savvy and haven’t noticed the outrage on Twitter and Facebook.
    An altogether #epicfail

  4. Interrobanging On

    The betrayal of Ludlam is vile.

  5. Gavin Moodie

    Until recently the Wikileaks Party’s position on the political spectrum has been ambiguous. Its web site isn’t very informative, yet Assange had made comments supporting a more libertarian than socially progressive stance. Now all doubts are removed.

  6. Julia Gollan

    This is a really foolish move on behalf of WikiLeaks Party, I couldn’t agree more with Paddy about the destruction to the supporter base (I’m part of it, and I’m appalled!). Bernard contrasts the effective grass roots approach taken by Pirate Party with the complete lack of consultation re preferences amongst WikiLeaks Party members. It’s a very disappointing scenario!

  7. zut alors

    A text book example of lack of political experience. The ‘administrative error’ is an insult to any thinking voter.

    Previously it was disappointing that, being resident in Queensland where there are no candidates, I was unable to vote for the Wikileaks Party. No regrets now.

  8. Venise Alstergren

    A good question to be thought about is, is the Wikileaks Party presumptuous and devious, or merely amateurish? By now it looks as if they are a combination of all three.

  9. mikeb

    Barns has never been backwards in criticising the Greens during his frequent media utterances over the years. This move is not surprising.

  10. Venise Alstergren

    Why oh why, Mr/s moderating machine, are all my comments moderated?

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