31 May, 2012 – By Nathalie Fernbach
About 20 kilometres away from Julian Assange’s childhood home on Magnetic Island, about a dozen people gathered on a Townsville street corner this afternoon to show their support for the Wikileaks founder.
“The Australian government and the Australian opposition have been hopeless in defending his rights” says Magnetic Island resident George Hurston.
“We need to see the Australian parliament including the opposition and the government stick up for an Aussie and not just their Washington bosses.”
Demonstrator Graeme Dunstan likens the situation with Assange to David Hicks’ incarceration and believes the government’s inaction on the issue may cost them the next election.
“If the Liberal Party come out and act like liberals and start supporting Assange they will be swept into power.”
Demonstrations of support for Mr Assange were held around Australia today.
Despite the small turnout at the Townsville event, Mr Dunstan believes there is a lot of Australian support for Assange, who he describes as a “media hero”.
“The few people that become visible represent a lot of people who are concerned about this case.”
The UK Supreme Court yesterday rejected Julian Assange’s appeal against extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault charges.
Mr Assange’s legal team has been given another fortnight to try and appeal the extradition.
Earlier this week, Australia’s Foreign Minister Bob Carr said Mr Assange is receiving the same consular assistance offered to any Australian caught up in a legal matter overseas.