Senate debates

Monday, 9 November 2020


Assange, Mr Julian

4:23 pm

Photo of Peter Whish-WilsonPeter Whish-Wilson (Tasmania, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

I, and also on behalf of Senators Rice and Hanson-Young, seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 832.

Leave granted.

I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that Julian Assange:

  (i) is an Australian citizen,

  (ii) is a father, son and partner, and

  (iii) won the Walkley Award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism;

(b) acknowledges that during the recent extradition trial, the court heard evidence about:

  (i) the enormous harm revealed by Wikileaks of war crimes, crimes against humanity and corruption,

  (ii) the alleged spying operation conducted against Julian Assange by UC Global on behalf of United States (US) intelligence agencies,

  (iii) the alleged seizure of legally privileged material from the Ecuadorian Embassy by the Federal Bureau of Investigation,

  (iv) alleged plans to poison and kidnap Julian Assange, and

  (v) the devastating health consequences that Julian Assange is currently facing; and

(c) further acknowledges that:

  (i) hundreds of protests and vigils happened all over the world in support of Julian Assange during the extradition trial,

  (ii) over 160 world leaders – current and former presidents, prime ministers and officials – have called for the release of Julian Assange,

  (iii) a dozen councils have passed resolutions across Australia calling on the Australian Government to act, and

  (iv) Judge Vanessa Baraitser agreed to delay the decision of the extradition trial until after the US election and is due to deliver the verdict on 4 January 2021.


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