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Month: February, 2012

The Attorney-General the Hon Nicola Roxon on Julian Assange’s extradition

As per my previous blog entries, I have been waiting on a response from the Attorney-General and Foreign Affairs Minister regarding Julian Assange’s extradition.

Today I received the response from the AG.

Sharon Bird MP writes:
21 February 2012

Dear Mr xxxxxxx

Please find enclosed a letter I have received from Attorney-General, the Hon Nicola Roxon MP, following my representation on your behalf, regarding the matter of Mr Julian Assange.

I hope that this information from the Attorney may be of interest to you.

Yours sincerely
Sharon Bird MP

Nicola Roxon writes:

16 Feb 2012

Dear Ms Bird (Corrected to say Sharon)

Thank you for your letter of 16 January 2012 enclosing correspondence from your constituent, Mr xxxxx, about Mr Julian Assange.

In his letter, Mr xxxxxx states that the Government should be advocating on behalf of Mr Assange to the United Kingdom and Swedish Governments. Australia’s Ambassadors in London and Stockholm have repeatedly sought assurances from the United Kingdom and Swedish authorities that Mr Assange’s case will proceed in accordance with due process and procedural fairness.

Mr xxxxx also expressed the view that the Government needs to protect Mr Assange from the possibility of being extradited from Sweden to the United States. If an Australian citizen is required to respond to an allegation of breaching the laws of another country, the Government’s role is to seek to ensure due process is followed in the legal proceedings.

Extradition treaties between most countries, including between the United States and Sweden, the United States and Australia and Swedenand the United Kingdom, include common conditions and obligations designed to protect the person who is subject of the extradition request. These requirements include that:
– extradition cannot take place for a ‘political offence’
– the offence for which extradition is sought must be an offence in both the requesting and the requested state, and
– a person cannot be extradited in relation to an offence for which the death penalty is available unless the requesting State undertakes not to impose or carry out the death penalty for the offence.

I trust this information is of assistance.

Yours sincerely
Nicola Roxon

– Karwalski – *Sorry about any typos, had to do this on my phone

Liberal Senator for NSW Bill Heffernan on WikiLeaks and Assange

I wrote a letter to the Hon Bill Heffernan, a Liberal Senator for NSW. On the 10th Feb 2012 Senator Heffernan writes the following response to my question ‘Do you support the WikiLeaks organisation.

Dear Mr xxxxx

I am writing to acknowledge and thank you for your letter dated 24 January 2012 regarding your comments on Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

The Coalition supports freedom of speech, but respects the rights of Governments like the US to protect confidential material.

Once again, thank you for your letter.

Yours sincerly

BILL HEFFERNAN

Marise Payne – Liberal Senator for NSW – ‘Your views have been noted.’

On the 12th of February Senator Payne replied to my initial letter which clearly asked her position on Assange and WikiLeaks support with the following letter.

Dear Mr xxxxx

Thank you for contacting my office regarding the judicial proceedings involving Julian Assange and support for the WikiLeaks organisation.

Your views have been noted.

Yours sincerely

Marise Payne
Shadow Minister for indigenous Development and Employment
Shadow Minister for COAG
Shadow Minister for Housing.