Protect Julian Assange from US rendition

Feature | Spokesperson Scott Ludlam – Wednesday 23rd November 2011, 8:20pm

The Australian Greens are calling upon the Australian Government to take action to ensure Mr Assange’s legal and consular rights are upheld.

On December 5, Mr Assange may be extradited to Sweden to face allegations, however, under the temporary surrender mechanism under extradition treaties, could find himself in the United States.

During Senate Question time on 24 November, an Opposition motion to hijack question time meant that the question Senator Ludlam intended to ask the Prime Minister was never asked.


The audio from Senator Ludlam’s press conference following the question time debacle is here.

In the absence of any evidence that the Prime Minister or Attorney General intend to stand up for Mr Assange’s citizenship entitlements, Senator Ludlam intends to travel to the UK to attend his appeal hearing in the London High Court.

The Australian Foreign Minister has the responsibility for the protection the citizenship entitlements of Australian’s overseas and has answered some but not all of Senator Ludlam’s questions on this matter.

All of the questions related to extradition have been referred to the Attorney General, Robert McLelland, who has made no comment on the issue in several months and initially pronounced WikiLeaks’ actions illegal, threatening to cancel Mr Assange’s passport.

Mr Assange has committed no crime in the US. Numerous high profile and powerful US political figures have called for him to be killed, labeling him a terrorist.

Will the Prime Minister and Attorney General make representations to prevent the extradition or rendition of Mr Assange to the United States for doing what the media have always done which is bring to light material that governments would prefer to keep secret?

Greens Senate Motion

Greens Statement on Senate Motion

Senator Ludlam’s Blog piece after High Court ruling

Senator Ludlam’s Blog piece on Cablegate

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