In a stunning rebuke from the Australian working class for their blatant courtship of right-wing and fascist political parties in the “preferencing” scandal, the WikiLeaks Party of Australia (WLPA) appears to have failed to win even one seat in the Australian Senate.
The Guardian, in an article published yesterday (8 September 2013), when only 2/3 of the vote was counted, reported that the party had failed to win any seats, having garnered a pathetic 1.18% of the vote in its best showing – in Victoria, where WLPA founder Julian Assange ran for office. Other parties – like the “Sex Party” and the idiotic “Sports Party” far outpolled the internationally heralded WikiLeaks Party, with the “Sports Party”- a fake political party that has no political program of any substance at all – even winning its own Senate seat for the first time.
In marked contrast to today’s assertion by the WikiLeaks Party of Australia (in a message sent to us via Twitter in which they say “
@FoWLChi only 61-69% of the votes have been counted. It will be atleast a week before final results are known.”), Julian Assange seemed ready yesterday to throw in the towel.
“Asked if he would try again for a Senate seat in three or six years’ time, Assange said: ‘I think so. The WikiLeaks Party will continue for sure,’ ” [Source: The Guardian (UK): “Julian Assange: WikiLeaks party will continue; WikiLeaks founder brushes off election loss, saying he will try again for a Senate position” via Australian Associated Press, 8 September, 2013 (see link above)]
Undoubtedly, the weak political program initially announced by the WikiLeaks Party of Australia – which made no mention at all of “the working class” or “women’s rights” and which declared its support of capitalism – did not appeal to the Australian working class as a viable alternative to the main established political parties. And beyond that, the “open and transparent” declaration of the leaders of the WikiLeaks Party that they were, in fact, not a “left-wing” party and that they were fond of extreme right-wing politics – which led them to “preference” a fascist party (the “Australia First Party”) over several ostensibly revolutionary socialist parties and even the Greens – most certainly turned off more than a few workers who had originally been inspired by the heroic work done by Julian Assange as head of the WikiLeaks whistle-blowing operation.
We at Friends of WikiLeaks Chicago, having reviewed the programme of the WikiLeaks Party of Australia and having drawn the necessary conclusions after reading about the preferencing scandal, announced to the world our opposition to the WikiLeaks Party and called on our working-class brothers and sisters in Australia to NOT vote for this pro-capitalist, anti-immigrant, anti-woman’s rights, fascist-fondling political abortion. We hope that our principled opposition to the WikiLeaks Party of Australia helped convince our friends there to cast their vote elsewhere. And we earnestly hope that, instead of soldiering on, as Julian Assange half-heartedly claims that he and the WikiLeaks Party leadership will do, that they will instead do all the workers of Australia a big favor by just leaping into Marx’s famous “dustbin of history”, thereby saving the Australian workers the unpleasant but neccessary labor of picking them up bodily and throwing them in, kicking and screaming. Julian & Co.: stop playing politician and go back to publishing the dirt on the world’s capitalist class – a task that is helpful to the future development of the revolutionary socialist workers movement as well as being something you can, perhaps, be trusted to continue to handle semi-responsibly until the workers movement can produce something better.
We are not sure how much longer we can continue to support even WikiLeaks.org after what Julian Assange et al have revealed to the world – and to us – to be their fundamentally reprehensible political “preferences”. “By their friends shall ye know them” as the old saying goes. Having now learned all about the kinds of people Julian Assange has and seeks to have as “friends”, we’re now considering what we should advise our sisters and brothers in the Ecuadoran working class to do with that troublesome temporary guest they have been so generously protecting in their London embassy since he has “transparently” revealed himself to be enamored of racist, anti-immigrant, woman-hating bigots like the Australian fascist “Australia First Party” and Ron and Rand Paul.
Friends of WikiLeaks – Chicago