After losing their last four seats in the Senate after Australia’s 2007 election, the Australian Democrats are trying hard to stay relevant and in the public eye. They see their fortunes resting on the party’s founding mantra to “keep the bastards honest”. So they’ve translated that term coined in 1980 by then leader Don Chip into a blog – “BastardWatch“.
With no parliamentary representation the Democrats are relying hugely on the blog. Is it enough to bring a party back from electoral oblivion? Well, I did enjoy their little game “Grill a Bastard” where you get to grill Aussie politicians on the barbie until they tell the truth about themselves. But I’m not sure that’s quite going to be enough… Maybe they need Winston Peters.