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Should we mourn the loss of the NBN?

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With a change in government, many people will be disappointed because Labor’s major infrastructure project for the past six years, the National Broadband Network – with its promise of super-fast broadband speeds with up to 1000 megabits per second – will likely be dumped in favour of the Coalition’s alternative. But should we mourn for its loss? Jason Cartwright from TechAU and Renai LeMay from Delimiter are obviously sad that […]

Julian Assange bid for Senate seat fails – one percent of Victorians voted for him

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Despite a strong start, it is looking likely that Julian Assange has lost his bid in securing a Senate seat in Victoria. With more than 60 percent of the total number of ballots counted, Julian Assange managed to secure 1.18 percent of the vote (at the time of writing). While it is a great start for the Wikileaks Party, it won’t win a seat in the Senate because of preferences. […]

Wikileaks Party Senate candidate: NSW preferences a “poor judgement call”, not admin error

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Gerry Georgatos, the number one Senate candidate for the Wikileaks Party in Western Australia, has said that the Wikileaks Party’s New South Wales preferences fiasco was a “poor judgement call” and not an administrative error. “It was not an administrative error, it was a poor judgement call. I’m not [going to come out] here and bullshit the audience,” he told the Indymedia programme (24 minutes into the programme) on Perth’s RTR yesterday. His […]

Former Wikileaks Party staffer says Assange’s father was the “caller” that led to resignations

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Former Wikileaks Party social media captain Sean Bedlam – who is also a member of the Wikileaks Australian Citizens Alliance – has said that he was one of the recipients of the series of calls that led to the mass resignation of Leslie Cannold and six others (including himself), and has revealed the identity of the caller. In a series of tweets, he has identified John Shipton – the party’s […]

Former Wikileaks Party member: Assange wanted deal with Family First, veto power on preferences

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More fallout from the Wikileaks Party’s preferences fiasco as four National Council members yesterday announced their resignations, following from the shock decision by Assange’s running mate Leslie Cannold to resign. However, one former member and member of the National Council – Dr. Daniel Mathews – has shed more light into the internal divisions over the preference deals in a blog post. Mathews, who is friends with Assange since university days, […]

Wikileaks Party candidate Leslie Cannold resigns after internal fighting over preferences, “others will also resign”

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The Wikileaks Party appears to be in turmoil with its second Victorian seat candidate Leslie Cannold resigning from the party after several members of the party were planning to bypass the National Council and would not conduct an independent review which was announced today. If the Wikileaks Party was successful in getting a seat in Victoria, then Julian Assange would hold the seat. However, if he is unable to leave […]

Wikileaks Party changes preferences after outcry, launches independent review over issue

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After some outcry from followers over its Senate preferences in New South Wales and Western Australia, the Wikileaks Party has announced that they will change their preferences in order to put them in line with the National Council’s decision. They will be issuing how-to-vote cards telling supporters of the Wikileaks Party to vote “below the line” – which will mean that they will have to preference all candidates – with […]

Who are the Pirate Party preferencing?

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With all the attention on this year’s election has been on Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott, it’s easy to forget that there is also a Senate election. Yesterday, we covered what parties will receive your vote if you vote for the Wikileaks Party in this year’s Senate election. Today, we’re covering the Pirate Party. The Pirate Party has opted to do something differently when selecting their preferences for parties – […]

Who are the Wikileaks Party preferencing?

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The federal election is in a few weeks and while there has been so much focus on Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott, don’t forget there is a Senate election. Unlike the House, the Senate elections have been traditionally dominated with minor parties thanks to its very unique voting system. And this year’s election has seen a record-breaking number of minor parties being represented in this year’s election – namely the […]

Turnbull is right – we need to have a Press Club debate about the NBN

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ELECTION 2013: I can’t believe I’m writing this, but alas there is a first time for everything. I believe Malcolm Turnbull is right, communications minister Anthony Albanese should appear in a debate about the NBN at the National Press Club. Why? Despite my personal feeling that the Coalition’s proposal is technologically inferior, it would be nice to have all the facts and figures from both proposals out there in the public forum […]

Pirate Party Australia announce Senate candidates

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Pirate Party Australia has announced their Senate candidates for this year’s election – hoping to replicate the success of other Pirate Parties across Europe (most recently, in Iceland). President David Campbell and Secretary Brendan Molloy will contest the Senate seats in New South Wales – with Molloy being the lead candidate. The other candidates include: Joe Miles and Geoff Hammett for Victoria Melanie Thomas and Liam Pomfret for Queensland Thomas […]