Apr 18, 2012

Government ducks and weaves on Assange

After extraordinary delays in responding to FOI requests about Julian Assange, the government has served up a whole lot of nothing.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor


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47 thoughts on “Government ducks and weaves on Assange

  1. twobob

    The way this government treats decency is abysmal and it deserves to be thrown out on its ear.
    The alternative makes me want to cry.
    The apathy of my country men and the press in general has lead to this.
    What a poor future my children will inherit from the spinelessness of Australians in general.
    Where is the mateship or the fair go that are supposed to be foundation stones of our people?

  2. Schnappi

    Notice on Q&A Pyne was tied in knots about the presumtion of innocence,innocence was alright for Assange ,but not for Thompson,so have to wonder if anyone will know where they stand if the coalition is the next government,the opposition has done nothing to help Assange.

  3. nerk

    The total eclipse redaction in those emails is pure comedy. All it needs is ‘I yearn for you tragically’ at the end.

  4. gapot

    The Labor government acts in a totally different way regarding US government handling our citizens when they were in oposition. Could it be Ms Gillard is the new face of Labor as was Tony Blair.

  5. Bohemian

    As Elizabeth Farelly bravely wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald on the 12 April, Australia is a client state of the USA and under the present junta, is also an obsequious lapdog. I can’t remember what Latham called them… conga line of something…? Even retired army generals are coming out and saying the Darwin base is the end of our sovereignty!

    How many of you are aware of Julian Assange’s new current affairs program The World Tomorrow which started on Russia Today overnight and his first guest was the head of Hezbollah (Nasrallah) who hasn’t given an interview in yonks? Assange has already in the can, a series of interviews with famous people the West does not want you to hear speak out. Just go to and it’s the the lead story. He has a series in the can so even if those who hatre Australia extradite him to the US for torture and then kill him under the disinterested gaze of traitors to the Australian interest, then he will have at least got some of his news we never hear out.

    Assange is under no illusions that the Ruskis are unlikely to let him do anything about them regarding Chechnya (their own false flag), but they have no interest in stifling debate on issues affecting the Great Anglo American Banking Conspiracy. It is a chess game so you can only wonder what the combined talents of the MSM, the US and our beloved homeland come up with on this.

  6. Suzanne Blake

    Yes its a typical Labor duck and weave

  7. Schnappi

    Assange needs to be careful about being accused of Propaganga with his tv show.

  8. Peter Ormonde

    Now if Assange was doing his job we wouldn’t have to rely on FoI applications to deny us the public information we seek.

    I expect more of Nichola Roxon than this supine obsequiousness to a foreign government. I have pretty much stopped expecting anything from Julia other than dirge-like recitations from the approved script. At least she could pretend to believe this sludge. Or bring back Arbib – he’s a believer and could fake sincerity real good.

    Shameful. So much for public access to information. So much for the rights of citizens imprisoned without charge.

    I really don’t know why we bother electing anyone here any more…

  9. zut alors

    When the subject of Assange’s future was raised on Q&A I found Nicola Roxon’s response patently unconvincing.

    Apparently, the (usually obsequious) Oz govt has told the USA to keep their hands off Assange, the Attorney-General assured us. The USA has been warned off, it’s a Done Deal there will be no US rendition. Roxon had that one saved up her sleeve, left over from April 1st.

  10. bluepoppy

    Given the decision to allow a US military presence near Darwin the response to FOI relating to Julian Assange is hardly surprising…more’s the pity.

    When will there be a leader on either side of government with the mettle to make decisions as an independent and sovereign nation without requiring tacit approval from a foreign power.

    If our elected representatives are indeed representing us why is the Australian populace kept in the dark on matters which affect them. These sorts of actions demonstrate why Wikileaks is indeed necessary to remind governments of all political persuasions of whom they serve. Corruption cannot prosper under a regime of transparency but they can prosper through secrecy.

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