Senate debates

Monday, 9 November 2020


Assange, Mr Julian

4:23 pm

Photo of Anne RustonAnne Ruston (SA, Liberal Party, Minister for Families and Social Services) Share this | Hansard source

Mr Assange's case is an extradition application made by the United States to the UK. Australia is not a party and has no standing. Nevertheless, Mr Assange is entitled to consular assistance. In June 2019, Mr Assange withdrew consent for DFAT to consult on his health and welfare in prison. The high commission has written to Mr Assange 16 times since June 2019 offering consular assistance. Neither he nor his legal team have responded. The government raised with the UK and the US governments our expectation for his proper treatment. We unreservedly trust the integrity of the UK and US legal systems.


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