Feeds

Assange fails in bid for election to Australian Senate

Outpolled by 'Help End Marijuana Prohibition Party' and 'Brick with eyes'

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Wikileaker-in-Chief Julian Assange's campaign to win a seat in Australia's Senate has almost certainly failed, with the Wikileaks party securing just 0.62 per cent of the nine million votes counted in the nation's election.

Assange has done a little better in the State of Victoria, with his party picking up a little over 25,000 votes and 1.18 per cent of the vote. To win a seat in the Senate at this election a candidate needs one sixth of the vote in the State in which they run. Once a candidate gains that “quota” of votes, any other votes for that candidate pass to a voter's second preference. With about a million votes still to be counted in Victoria, it appears this system may result in a candidate from the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party winning a seat with fewer than half the votes the Wikileaks Party has won, a situation made possible by the fact no major party was willing to send preferences Assange's way.

Assange had hoped that election to Australia's Senate would make it easier for him to finish his extended couch surfing stint in Ecuador's embassy and come home. Few felt the plan was viable as Australian parliamentarians don't enjoy legal privileges that would have allowed Assange to escape the tender ministrations of UK authorities.

Not all is lost for the Wikileaks Party, as it more than doubled the vote of the Pirate Party to become Australia's most popular party with an agenda based around issues of internet transparency. It also, however, won fewer votes than the Help End Marijuana Prohibition Party and the Australian Sex Party, making it a fringe player even on the fringes of Australia's left.

The election resulted in a change of government, with the right-of-centre Liberal/National coalition deposing the Labor Party. The new government will have a majority in the House of Representatives, but will struggle to get its agenda through the Senate where four or five seats seem set to go to populist right-of-centre candidates. ®

Bootnote

One new likely Senator, Glenn Lazarus, is known as “The brick with eyes” thanks to his storied career as a Rugby League prop forward (North American readers need to imagine a 240-pounder who combines the positions of tailback and defensive tackle). Lazarus represents the Palmer United Party, whose titular leader Clive Palmer looks set to win a seat in the House of Representatives.

Palmer is controversial for many reasons, not least his attempt to build an exact replica of the Titanic and his conversion of a posh Queensland resort into a home for dozens of animatronic dinosaurs.

And yes, before you ask: Vulture South does realise readers are chuckling at Australia after reading the above. But those dinosaurs need sysadmins, so celebrate some new gigs for a brother before laughing too loud, okay?

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web
While America tucks into Thanksgiving turkey, the world will be taking over the net
Microsoft EU warns: If you have ties to the US, Feds can get your data
European corps can't afford to get complacent while American Big Biz battles Uncle Sam
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.