The Greens have called on the Morrison Government and Labor to show leadership on stopping the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States to face espionage charges.
Quotes attributable to Greens senator for lutruwita/Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson:
“The Espionage Act wasn’t intended to be used against publishers. We must support press freedoms and those who hold the powerful to account.
“Julian Assange’s prosecution has always been political. It needs political intervention of the highest order from our government to get justice for him.
“The PM could end this today by picking up the bloody phone to Boris Johnson this afternoon and demanding justice - it’s that easy.
“The Government is obligated to protect its citizens and right now Julian needs its help, his life at stake.
“This needs to an election issue. By backing Julian’s right of appeal and fight for justice both the Liberal and Labor parties could show true leadership on free speech, journalism, and democracy at a time when public trust in these matters is at an all-time low.”