If Julian Assange does run for the Senate in Victoria, as his Wikileaks twitter account today decreed, it could be dreadfully inconvenient for recently preselected Greens party Senate ‘lead’ candidate Janet Rice.
While Assange says he hasn’t decided which state to run in as a Senate candidate, sources familiar with these matters have told VEXNEWS (and the AEC site confirms) he will have no choice but to run in Victoria because that’s where he most recently resided in Australia before wandering the world with a backpack, laptop and bad attitude, encouraging hackers to bust into confidential information networks and vigorously allegedly declining condom use with hand-picked Scandinavian groupies.
Wikileaks are also raving about forming their own party.
Assange’s Senate bid and Wikileaks’ foray into elective politics – if it occurs and it’s often the case with Assange that nothing is as it seems – could be very disruptive in Victoria for the Greens and probably anywhere else Assange’s group nominates.
GREENS PARTY’S GREY POWER
VEXNEWS has noted a rising tide of disenchantment and disillusionment with the Greens political party, which often pulls in votes from progressive young people while very often putting up candidates from an older demographic, such as Janet Rice and sixty-somethings Lee Rhiannon, Christine Milne and Bob Brown himself, who refuses to discuss when he’ll be retiring from party leadership despite being nearly 70 years at old at the expected time of the next federal election. It’s a sweet Baby Boomer scam on Australian youf, some have suggested.
Assange’s candidacy would be novel, hip, groovy and global news, especially if it occurs while he’s contesting sexual assault charges in Sweden or espionage charges in the US, as could quite possibly be the case. Many of the eager, impressionable, gullible and naive who swelled Occupy’s ranks last year could easily be attracted to his candidacy.
Assange’s new TV show, to be broadcast globally on the Kremlin-backed slavishly Putin-friendly “Russia Today” satellite channel is due to be launched in March. If elected, the Wikileaks founder could perhaps become the first Australian politician to officially have received cash from the Kremlin, unless you count Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon. And she, of course, denies all.
By comparison, the Greens party’s selection of yet another unexciting serial candidate, another former councillor, another fifty something, albeit one with an unconventional personal life at home (her partner Penny was previously Peter) will all seem rather uncompelling for the Millennials and Gen-Y’s to which the Greens party often appeals.
A LUDLAM MYSTERY
Assange has been worshipped by many of the Greens, especially his devoted fan-boy Senator Scott Ludlam from WA, who has flown over to have an audience with him in what most assumed was a publicity stunt/photo-bombing opportunity.
Sources familiar with the murky world of Greens politics have told VEXNEWS that some in their circle are pointing fingers at Ludlam for the whole schemozzle. It could inflame tensions between the Victorian Greens (seen as pragmatist sell-outs) by the more traditionally hard-core leftist WA Greens.
Interestingly, Ludlam visited Assange in December. Just a couple of weeks after Ludlam met him, the first Tweet emerged from the Wikileaks account exploring the possibility of a Senate run with the hashtag “#ja4Senate”
Unlike the Pilger-reading Greens, who love a good conspiracy theory more than a wash, we think this was unlikely to have been Ludlam’s intention and that it is, more likely, a potentially very spectacular own-goal.
UPDATE: Sassy Sunday Age political scribe Misha Schubert herself attempted to probe the novel Ludlam mystery relating to Assange and it appears he was putting a brave face on it:
Senator Ludlam, who has spoken with Mr Assange’s mother, Christine, to raise awareness of the legal wranglings abroad, told The Sunday Age it was great news Mr Assange wanted to run.
“It’s going to give the issue more profile and anything that raises the issues that WikiLeaks has campaigned on … can only be positive.”
Even if it costs his party a seat in the Senate? Not so much.