Update : Statement of Resignation from Wikileaks Party National Council by Daniel Mathews. Leslie Cannold has been interviewed about her resignation on JJJ’s Hack here; a statement from others to resign from the Party — including Council members Sam Castro, Kaz Cochrane and Luke Pearson — is available here. Their resignations leave Julian Assange, Cassie Findlay, Niraj Lal, Gail Malone, John Shipton, Kellie Tranter and Omar Todd on board.
So… The WikiLeaks Party.
A few days ago it was revealed that the Party of Transparency, Accountability & Justice had unaccountably placed the neo-fascist Australia First Party ahead of The Greens on its Senate ticket for NSW and in WA placed The Nationals candidate ahead of Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, probably the one Australian Federal MP who has done more to champion WikiLeaks than any other. In the first instance, the Party responded by claiming that an “administrative error” had been made, later posting an extract from an email: “NSW – Greens preference WLP at 3, with Pirates at 2, and WLP puts Greens above FF, Shooters and Christian Right” intended to bolster its case.
FTR, here’s how the Party ordered its preferences in NSW:
1 The Wikileaks Party
2 Future Party
3 Pirate Party
4 Sex Party
5 Stop CSG
6 Australian Democrats
7 Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP) Party
8 Liberal Democrats
9 Animal Justice Party
10 Uniting Australia Party
11 Voluntary Euthanasia Party
12 Drug Law Reform
13 Australian Independents
14 Bullet Train For Australia
15 Australian Voice
16 Building Australia Party
17 [WANG, Tom & O’TOOLE, Daniel]
18 Australia First Party
19 Socialist Equality Party
20 [WHALAN, Andrew & COOPER, Peter Grant]
21 The Australian Republicans
22 Senator Online (Internet Voting Bills/Issues)
23 Carers Alliance
24 Shooters and Fishers
25 Australian Fishing and Lifestyle Party
26 Non-Custodial Parents Party (Equal Parenting)
27 Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party
28 The Greens
30 Family First Party*
31 Democratic Labour Party (DLP)*
32 Liberal/The Nationals
33 Australian Protectionist Party
34 Socialist Alliance
35 Palmer United Party
36 Stop The Greens
37 Smokers Rights
38 Stable Population Party
39 Secular Party of Australia
40 Katter’s Australian Party
41 No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics
42 Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)*
43 Rise Up Australia Party*
44 [POULSEN, Ron]
45 [ASH, David & NATHAN, Sam & La MELA, John]
46 One Nation
A few points.
• Future Party WTF?
• The ticket does allocate a higher position to the Shooters & Fishers than the Greens but places the ‘Christian Right’ (Family First Party, Democratic Labour Party, Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group), Rise Up Australia Party) below them.
• The decision to preference The Nationals ahead of The Greens in WA is, on the face of it, simply inexplicable. In order, the Party preferenced the Australian Sports Party[?!?], Animal Justice Party, Australian Democrats, The Nationals and then The Greens. On Twitter, lead WLP candidate Gerry Georgatos has claimed that the Party has ‘effectively’ preferenced The Greens — a very odd argument, for obvious reasons.
• Announced today, Leslie Cannold’s resignation [PDF] as second candidate in Victoria — one which apparently follows that of a significant number of volunteers — not only suggests a degree of organisational incompetence on the part of the Party, but will also presumably significantly weaken the Party’s already shaky appeal.
• The Party’s campaign director, former Tory and law-talking guy Greg Barns, has some explaining to do.
See also : The Wikileaks Party Lurches To The Right: Preferences Fascists, Mens-righters and Gun-lovers above the Greens, David Jackmanson, AusVotes 2013, August 18, 2013.