Suresh Rajan, an economist and advocate for ethic communities and the disabled will stand for federal elections for Wikileaks Party from WA
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has announced the candidates who will stand for his WikiLeaks Party at the federal election.
A disability advocate Suresh Rajan will be standing from Western Australia as one of the seven candidates fielded for the Wikileaks Party spanning the states of Victoria, Western Australia and New South Wales.
Rajan is the former head of the Ethnic Communities Council of WA and is the current president of the National Ethinic Disability Alliance. Rajan holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in Management and Accounting, as well as a Masters of Business from the University of Western Australia.
Rajan is a regular TV and radio finance and economics commentator.
Mr Assange announced the candidates online from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been holed up for over a year as he fights attempts to extradite him to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations of sexual assault.
Mr Assange is seeking a Senate seat in Victoria along with Dr Leslie Cannold, an ethicist and author, and Dr Binoy Kampmark, a researcher on law, international relations and history.
The WikiLeaks Party says lawyer and human rights activist Kellie Tranter will run for a NSW seat along with Dr Alison Broinowski, an academic and journalist.
Western Australia’s two candidates are deaths in custody researcher and Students Without Borders founder Gerry Georgatos, and disability advocate Suresh Rajan.
The party says if elected it will demand the Labor Government’s new PNG asylum policy is transparent and that people held in immigration detention are held there for no longer than 45 days.
Speaking from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Mr Assange said his party would hold the government to account.
“Wikileaks Party is a party of accountability, it’s not a party of government,” he said.
“It’s a party to put into the Senate, to make sure whoever is put into the government does their job. It’s an insurance against the election.”
The party’s policies will also focus on press freedom and climate change.