In the lead up to Australia’s September election, many Australians may give thought to why Julian Assange is sheltering in a foreign embassy rather than an Australian one, and realize there is something wrong with a government that fails to protect one of its own citizens. Not only has Australia’s government failed to assist Julian Assange, they have willingly supported his persecutor. Australia’s foreign minister, Senator Bob Carr has been a willing servant of a foreign power since his student days in the 1970’s when he provided the US embassy with intelligence about the internal affairs of his Labor Party. Whether that designates him a foreign spy is open to question, but what is beyond question is that Australia’s foreign policy is made in Washington DC. While most Australians take pride in their country being America’s deputy sheriff in the Pacific, at least a fifth of the population would prefer Australia to stand up to Big Brother and act independently. And this 20% is likely to vote for the WikiLeaks Party at this September’s election. The newly registered WikiLeaks Party has the best chance to break Australia’s political mould in a generation. The WikiLeaks Party will succeed for the following reasons:
- Julian Assange is sincere. Few people believe he is guilty of anything except telling the truth.
- The WikiLeaks Party is attracting highly intelligent, highly articulate and many potentially influential people to their cause. This party is not a collection of dope smoking greenies or hillbilly rednecks. The WikiLeaks Party membership has the potential to become a formidable intellectual force that can run rings round the self-serving careerists currently discrediting Australian politics.
- Julia to Julian. The stench of corruption presently choking Labor and Julia Gillard’s lame duck government is decidedly on the public’s nose. The only thing stopping more Labor members jumping ship is the Liberal’s leader. Tony Abbot’s arrogance will help many voters switch to WikiLeaks rather than vote Liberal.
- The Green’s are wilting. The Green’s Party media savvy founder Bob Brown was a rare beast in Australian politics; charismatic and sincere. His departure started a decline in the Greens Party, which has lost around a third of its support in local elections since then. The Greens Party replaced the Australian Democrats and the WikiLeaks Party could easily replace the Greens.
- A party needs to win 14.3% to win a Senate seat in Australia in its own right. WikiLeaks Party should pick up preferences from the micro parties, but also the Greens. Today’s opinion polls show the party would easily win without support, but with other preferences will win easier.
A politician once said ‘If it’s not on TV it didn’t happen’. Establishment parties and their beneficiaries in the mainstream media will do everything they can to firstly starve the WikiLeaks Party of media oxygen and then discredit the party. Every political organization has a random member who puts their foot ‘in it’ and the WikiLeaks Party will no doubt encounter a hiccup which will be blown out of all proportion by the media in an orchestrated smear campaign. But this time, the mud won't stick.
Australians can no longer dismiss politicians as being ‘all the same’. Julian Assange is a political refugee sheltering in the Ecudorian embassy because he has told nothing but the truth and has paid a very high price for it. Australia’s government and opposition have done nothing to help him but in September the ballot box can set him free. Australia’s greedy, selfish, corrupt and incompetent politicians are about to get the biggest and most desperately deserved boot up their backsides in living memory, courtesy of the WikiLeaks Party. A country gets the government’s they deserve, and Australia deserves better.