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About the WikiLeaks Political Party
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About the WikiLeaks Political Party
Really excited to see the WikiLeaks Party website operational here:

- http://www.wikileaksparty.org.au

and looking forward to their presence in Australian politics, although not an Australian myself and therefore will not be joining. Hopefully it will inspire others around the world to take the plunge and involve themselves in public life, holding government accountable and adding to the political discourse of the communities they live in.

I am having a look at the website, being curious and enjoying its format and appearance, the easy access to the chat function and looking forward to the future blog by the founder.

The moment I opened the Constitution pdf file I just had to come here and ask if anyone understands why it says:

A PUBLIC COMPANY LIMITED BY GUARANTEE

CONSTITUTION

OF THE WIKILEAKS PARTY LTD

Are political parties set up as Limited companies in order to exist and function within the political/legal framework?

how bizarre! I had never before pondered about this matter and I just find it so striking to see the "Ltd" abbreviation appearing.

Of course I can understand the need to exists as a legal entity but having spent a lot of my time talking about politics and ideas I never associated the creation of a political party with the creation of a Ltd company. I suppose we still have a lot to learn in this journey and is another reason why we take it. :-)

I will go through the Constitution and return to this thread later.
03-26-2013 02:59 AM
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RE: About the WikiLeaks Political Party
I had another look at the WikiLeaks Party Constitution and I am pasting here some of its objectives:

7.2. The objectives of the Party shall be:
7.2.1 to do all that is necessary to secure, develop and protect human rights and freedoms;
7.2.2 to promote that truthful, accurate factual information and providing truthful, accurate factual information are the foundations of life and democracy;
7.2.3 transparency of governmental action, policy and information;
7.2.4 transparency of corporations’ and non-government organisations’ actions, information and policies;
7.2.5 ensuring that governments, corporations, entities, associations, trade unions and the persons associated with such bodies such as politicians and corporate executives are held accountable for their policies and actions;
7.2.6 recognition of the importance of and need for equality between the generations;

The rest of the Constitution describes mainly the structure function and procedures of the party.
03-27-2013 02:28 AM
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RE: About the WikiLeaks Political Party
Thanks for high-lighting some interesting parts of the Party Constitution.
I'm sure involvement in a political party is a new experience for most of us.

Perhaps the "Limited Company" aspect is what normally happens with parties because they have paid members and are handling campaign and membership funds.

I imagine where you're handling other people's money, in any country, even if it's only $20 membership fees, there has to be a taxation reporting requirement as well.

Interesting...
03-30-2013 08:28 AM
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RE: About the WikiLeaks Political Party
I think you are right, learning all the time in this journey, I suppose I expected to see a manifesto you see but I realise a constitution is something different. I should not have been surprised though as I was in the past member of an International Womens Club and we also had a Constitution with Rules and Regulations mostly. Yes, I think I expected a Manifesto. There is one thing I wonder also. These are Senate elections, I am not familiar with the system and exactly what a senator would do but I think Senators scrutinise Government legislation, a bit like what the unelected House of Lords does in this country...(my goodness how strange this sounds suddenly) but also having followed Scott Ludlam in his wonderful efforts in the Senate I see Senators also ask questions from the government. Considering the objectives of the party as mentioned above and the WikiLeaks work being such an eloquent testimony of what JA stands for, I think we are in no doubt what the party will also stand for. Still it will be really interesting to see once elected what political policies they will focus on and how they will deal with the Senate as an institution. I truly hope he will be free to take his seat and make his country even more proud :-)
03-30-2013 09:41 AM
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RE: About the WikiLeaks Political Party
Oh this short video with Cassie Findlay is a must see: http://vimeo.com/62917040 She is articulate, inclusive and highlights the objectives of the new WikiLeaks Party :-) hosted in vimeo's CATV channel that has a wonderful collection of WikiLeaks supportive videos...I simply love them and have bought the video collection for my WikiLeaks treasure chest!
03-31-2013 12:19 AM
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