The Liberal Democratic Party was very late to include controversial lead SA Senate candidate Roostam Sadri on a list of its 2016 election candidates. Maybe he was been too busy dealing with an AFP investigation into a $500,000 donation he made to the Lib Dems, and two pending charges of flying without a pilot’s licence to bother sending in a mug shot. Current LDP Senator David Leyonhjelm, presumed running, was also missing from the original list, but has now been added.

But something else about the page caught our interest. Every one of the 30 Senate candidates listed is a man. There are just three women running in the lower house, and they were only added since we pointed out the lack of women yesterday (the party says it would like “more chicks”).


And that’s not all. For a party that promotes privacy from the state, we were surprised that the birth dates of all the candidates were listed. And then we were just confused by the profiles of Sam Kennard and Connor Whittle, both of whom appear to have been born this year. The birthdates have since been removed.

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And I never forgot how important it is to hold politicians to account. Crikey does that – something that is more important now than ever before in Australia.

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