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The Wikileaks party, which suffered public division over its decision to direct preferences away from the Australian Greens' very tech-savvy Senator Scott Ludlam in the recent Australian federal election, has caught wind of yet another electoral branding opportunity. The new chance comes courtesy of an omnishambles in the …


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  1. Winkypop Silver badge

    It makes sense I guess

    Farce attracts farce.

  2. et tu, brute?

    Hardware > Tablets

    Is it just me that doesn't understand why this posted in the Hardware > Tablets section?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Hardware > Tablets

      keep taking the tablets maybe?

  3. Cliff

    Oh Julian...

    Do learn when to shut up, it's pretty clear the last and credibility afforded to you had all been used up with stunts like this, Ecuador embassy, etc.

    Whether or not people agree with the leaky culture, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden clearly have the courage of their convictions and are prepared to stand up for them as opposed to come across as a sneak. One day the Ecuadorians well just flip and throw you off the balcony to face trial for contempt of court and bail jumping.

  4. raving angry loony

    Two Questions

    1) why is this in hardware -> tablets? This has nothing to do with computers, and everything to do with El Reg continuing anti-Assange bullshit.

    2) how about El Reg devote at LEAST one article on leaked evidence of corporate or government malfeasance (maybe from, say, Wikileaks?) for every article they spend doing character assassinations on Assange? They could probably even tie it in to computing, unlike their Daily Mail style attacks on the guy.

  5. lglethal Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    agrarian-socialist-conservative Nationals Party?

    Either I'm reading things wrong or I've been out of Aus for too long...

    Things have certainly changed if the Nationals are now socialists. Agrarian - Yes. Conservative - You bloody bet ya! Socialist - What the F%&k?

    1. Scorchio!!

      Re: agrarian-socialist-conservative Nationals Party?

      Something to do with puppies perhaps. The Make a Puppy Pregnant Party. Well it worked out pretty well in the 90s, so why not now.

      As for why it's in hardware/tablets, Joolie has more or less written its stupidity on tablets of stone. Now perhaps it will go forth and multiply, to paraphrase Moses.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: agrarian-socialist-conservative Nationals Party?

      I just lobbed in Oz in time for the Cup. Nearly choked on my Vegi sanger when I saw the Cuntry Party named as "socialists".

    3. FlatEarther

      Re: agrarian-socialist-conservative Nationals Party?

      Is this a new idea to you? It's a very old idea, and quite well known. Why socialist? Because the National (previously known as the Country) Party are well known for

      - redistribution of government wealth (to farmers)

      - implementing social welfare for farmers, via tax breaks, subsidies and direct handouts.

      - trade protectionism

      - closed shops (c.f. Australian Wheat Board)

      - retail price maintenance

      - government intervention in markets (e,g, foreign investment review board)

      They may speak the language of free trade and open competition, but they've never practiced it.

      If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck,...

      1. Vociferous

        Re: agrarian-socialist-conservative Nationals Party?

        So, in other words a perfect fit for a libertarian conspiracy theorist like Assange.

  6. C Montgomery Burns

    Hey Julian? It's never nice to learn when your 15 minutes of fame are up. Yours ended a few years ago. Deal with your rape charges in Sweden.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Thanks, AEC. Like ploughing through preference flows to work out the order in which to choose 62 candidates isn't tedious enough when you do it every 4 years. This little Sandgroper ain't happy.

  8. Vociferous

    Another cunning plan by Saint Julian.

    Because politicians have diplomatic immunity, right?

    I guess he's getting desperate. I wonder how long it'll be before he cuts a deal with the US; it's obvious he'll do and say absolutely anything to avoid going to Sweden to stand trial for those rapes.

    Meh, who am I kidding? He's of course already tried to cut a deal with the US, and been turned down.

  9. Glen Turner 666

    Assange is living in Western Australia?

    Surely the other political parties will contest his enrolment in the WA electoral roll. It's not like he will have spent even a night at his claimed domicile.

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