Feb 7, 2014

The ‘highly emotional and volatile’ world of the WikiLeaks Party

The "independent review" of the WikiLeaks Party's disastrous preference allocations is in, and is mostly complaints about how a proper review couldn't be done.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

The aftermath of the WikiLeaks Party’s electoral debut reached a new and unexpected level of farce today when the party released its much-heralded “independent review” of the circumstances around its allocation of preferences in the lead-up to the September federal election.

The party announced the review in August after the uproar over its decision to allocate preferences to the Nationals ahead of the Greens in Western Australia and to direct preferences to the Shooters and Fishers Party and the far-Right Australia First Party ahead of the Greens in New South Wales. The party subsequently blamed an “administrative error” for the debacle, which prompted a spate of resignations from key figures, including the party’s No. 2 Senate candidate in Victoria, Dr Leslie Cannold.

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8 thoughts on “The ‘highly emotional and volatile’ world of the WikiLeaks Party

  1. Ian

    I think the preference deals exposed the party for what it really is, yet another right wing party but one that does believe in government transparency. It had a real chance of making a difference but blew it; pity.

  2. AR

    As the President-for-Life of the Anarchist party once said,a Wikileaks Party should be so transparent as to be invisible. Hope that is soon so that people can focus on the real threats to peace & freedom revealed by the leaks and bid farewell to the bloated oligarchy the organisation has become.

  3. Malcolm Street

    ” Bell also laments “limited or no access to WLP official transcripts, minutes of National Council meetings and official emails/correspondence”, which forced him to accept the word of those he interviewed.”

    So the Wikileaks Party is suddenly unwilling to have its own internal documents released? Cue irony alert…

    Ian – it makes clear that they are a party of the libertarian Right rather than the Left.

  4. David Penington

    Not only won’t it release its documents to the public, it won’t even release them to its own internal review. So non-transparent. A labyrinthine libertarian party.

  5. Steven Grant Haby

    Wikileaks? Zzzz lead by an egotistic. Practise what you preach you hypocrites… Disgusting.

  6. Ian


    I’m not sure what libertarian really means. Like all political terms it has a broad range of meanings but the main thing I associate it with is small government, low taxes and basically everyone for themselves.

    It also neglects the problem of externalities and relies on people doing the right thing or being forced by the market to do the right thing. To this I would reply; what makes you think a society based on the philosophy of individual responsibility and the market to prosper will look after the needs of others or the environment? Its a philosophy of survival of the fittest.

  7. Dubious Virtue

    The funny thing about this is WikiLeaks supporters will still wet their undies at how great WikiLeaks is and it should be supported. Their votes will still be wasted and end up in the moist hands of some single issue wacko party.

  8. Julia Gollan

    It’s laughable advocating for transparency but providing this kind of lip service to a review of conduct. The entire wikileaks edifice should be humiliated by the behaviour of Assange and Shipton.

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