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  •  His candidacy is generally seen as sort of a (0+ / 0-)

    joke/fringe candidacy.  It's not impossible, due to the way the Australian preference system works, but then again, he scored poorly on preference deals in Victoria, making it all the less likely.

    He'd have 90 days to take his seat.  Then it would fall back to the next-highest vote getter.  If everyone voted on party tickets and all preference deals were split evenly, this would go to the Wikileaks #2 in the district (formerly Cannold, but she's one of the many who quit after Assange started overriding party decisions to ally with right-wingers; I don't know who's the new #2)

    There's about half a dozen different ways any election in which he'd win could be challenged on legal grounds.

    No, it would not give Assange any form of diplomatic immunity, and nor would Britain just choose to ignore a Supreme Court decision declaring that he must be handed over to Sweden simply because he'd be a senator.  Despite all of the magical thinking on Assange's part.

    Já þýðir já. Nei þýðir nei. Hvað er svona erfitt við það?

    by Rei on Sat Sep 07, 2013 at 05:47:35 AM PDT

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    •  Speaking of Cannold... (0+ / 0-)

      ... she's one of the few people in the party I actually had respect for.  At one point during the run she wrote an article which was published in The Guardian, defending Assange in his rape case and repeating a lot of the misinformation pushed by him and his attorneys (it was clear where she'd gotten her information from).  I wrote her a long email correcting it all.  Despite the fact that I'm not an Australian citizen (and thus have no vote at hand), and despite the fact that on issues like this most people instinctively lash out at information counter to their preexisting beliefs, she was friendly, polite, engaged the issue, and despite her busy schedule running for office, actually promised to read over and think about the rest.  

      I have no idea whatever came of it, but regardless of the outcome, I gained a great deal of respect for her from the exchange.  So when she resigned, I knew things must have gotten really bad in there.

      Já þýðir já. Nei þýðir nei. Hvað er svona erfitt við það?

      by Rei on Sat Sep 07, 2013 at 05:57:17 AM PDT

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