Scott Ludlam

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Scott Ludlam is an Australian Senator representing the state of Western Australia since his election in 2007, a member of the Australian Greens, and is an all-round general legend, given his crusade in the fight against the odds (the "Labor-Liberal-National" Coalition) in favour of internet privacy and against metadata retention laws, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and the fact that he is all-round generally rational in the face of utter batshit (much to the dismay of crackpots within both the Liberal Party and the Australian Labor Party).

Before he was cool[edit]

A filmmaker, artist, and graphic designer by trade, he produced a 30 minute documentary titled Climate of Hope outlining why he believes that nuclear energy isn't the solution to climate change. [1]

He was elected to the Australian Senate in 2007. Since his election, he has spoken at length against internet censorship/filtering/data retention, spoke in favour of the National Broadband Network, campaigned for the fair treatment of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks and has campaigned against uranium mining.

"That speech"[edit]


Despite Ludlam being an outspoken critic of the issues mentioned above, Ludlam's breakthrough didn't come until the lead-up to the Western Australian Half-Senate Election in March of 2014, before which he was relatively unknown.

He delivered a speech, in what he describes as an "almost empty Senate chamber", 'welcoming' Prime Minister Tony Abbott to Western Australia.[2] Despite the lack of Senators actually sitting in the Senate chamber at the time, this speech went viral within days of it being delivered, and as a result, dramatically raised Ludlam's profile leading up to the election, which contributed to him retaining his seat.

Pwnage, image and popularity[edit]

Ludlam's profile hasn't waned since that point; and he has used this to his advantage to argue against metadata retention, which, as also mentioned above, was being brought in by the Liberal Government and supported by the Labor 'Opposition'.

He often and unashamedly calls out other Senators for their crackpot views. George Brandis and Ian Macdonald have been two targets of Ludlam. Malcolm Turnbull has also been the target of Ludlam's trollage.

He often engages with Reddit readers, as well as followers on his other social media accounts.

He was elected as co-deputy leader of the Australian Greens in May 2015.