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Wikileaks approved for Australian election

AAP/ AFR | July 3, 2013
Julian Assange can have his shot at the Senate after the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) gave the tick to the Wikileaks Party fielding candidates at the upcoming election.

Wikileaks approved for Australian election
The Australian Electoral Commission has approved registration of the Wikileaks Party, allowing Julian Assange to stand for the Senate at the election. Photo: AFP

Julian Assange can have his shot at the Senate after the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) gave the tick to the Wikileaks Party fielding candidates at the upcoming election.

The AEC has also approved registration of the Nick Xenophon Group and the Voluntary Euthanasia Party.

Although still living in the Ecuador embassy in London, to avoid extradition to Sweden to face allegations of sexual assault, WikiLeaks founder Mr Assange plans to run for the Senate in Victoria.

The Wikileaks Party is also aiming to field upper house candidates in NSW and Western Australia.

Long-time euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke is planning to head the Voluntary Euthanasia Party tilt for a Senate seat.

Twice before, Dr Nitschke has run unsuccessfully against anti-euthanasia Liberal MP Kevin Andrews.

South Australian independent Senator Nick Xenophon formed his own party to ensure his name appears above the line on the Senate ballot paper, rather than being listed amid a group of other independents.

 

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