Assange indictment: is the Australian Government ignorant or complicit?

Assange indictment: is the Australian Government ignorant or complicit?

Greens communications spokesperson Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, Wednesday February 29th, 2012

“A private intelligence firm in Texas has known of a sealed Grand Jury indictment on Australian citizen Julian Assange for more than one year. When did our government know?”

Australian Greens communications spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, will ask this question of the Prime Minister’s representative in Senate Question Time today.

“Has the United States Government kept this indictment secret from Australia for 13 months, or has the Prime Minister been keeping it secret from us?”

“The Australian Government has either been kept spectacularly ignorant by the US, or is complicit in this attempt to destroy the WikiLeaks organisation.”

An email sent on 26 January 2011 by Stratfor Vice President of Intelligence Fred Burton states: ‘We have a sealed indictment on Assange.’

“My questions on notice have yielded little on this matter. Our now-former Foreign Minister was ‘not aware of any current extradition request’, and when pushed said he had asked but that this was a matter for the Attorney General. The then Attorney General said he was ‘not aware’ and that this is a matter for the US anyway.

“My Freedom of Information requests to the Prime Minister, Attorney General and Foreign Minister have been inordinately delayed and frustrated at every turn. It’s time for the truth.”

For Senator Ludlam’s work on Wikileaks and Assange see:

http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/wikileaks

Media contact: Giovanni Torre – 0417 174 302

Govt MPs banned from #westpapua meeting by @kruddmp ‘s replacement ABC News: Labor MPs defy West Papua meeting ban

( Btw I’m blogging this to auto tweet because abc’s iPhone App won’t let me RT it – SBS RTs fine )

Labor MPs defy West Papua meeting ban
A small group of Federal Government backbenchers has defied a party warning by attending an event promoting human rights protection in West Papua.

The Greens hosted the launch of the Australia-Pacific chapter of International Parliamentarians for West Papua in Parliament House today.

West Papua, a …

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#Australia Govt won’t reveal stance on #Iran war, appears clueless after Qs from @SenatorLudlam

Government won’t reveal stance on Iran war

Media Release: Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, Monday February 27th, 2012.

The Government refused to answer three successive questions from the Greens in the Senate today regarding the possibility of strikes on Iran, and on Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said “Senator Stephen Conroy, representing whoever is the Foreign Minister at the moment, provided meaningless responses to these vital questions”.

“Asked to explain the Government’s position on a military strike by the US or Israel on Iranian nuclear facilities, the Government expressed neither support nor opposition.

“Asked what, if any, representations the Australian Government has made to the governments the United States or Israel on the potential for a military strike, Labor dodged again.

“It was a clueless showing from the Government on a matter of urgent importance. Given the key role Russia has played in assisting Iran’s nuclear ambitions, I also asked what the Government was doing to ensure Australian uranium sold to Russia would not end up in Iran. Again, there was no answer.

“There are 78 million people living in Iran. A strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, located in built-up urban areas, would be catastrophic, and could precipitate yet another drawn-out war. We have learned from Iraq that the evocation of alleged weapons of mass destruction as a pretext for war should be treated with extreme caution.

“The Government should make their position clear. This is not an issue to be skirted around. The prospect of war is not a public relations exercise to be finessed. The Australian people have a right to know where their Government stands.”

Media Contact: Giovanni Torre – 0417 174 302

#australia Labor Govt trying to sneak #nuclear waste Bill thru during #respill #oscars & #gifiles – V @senatorludlam “Labor attempts to sneak nuclear waste dump under the radar”

Thanks to Scott and team for this
(Ed: Of all the lowdown, dirty, underhanded, conniving, cynical, morally bankrupt, dangerous, duplicitous ….)

Labor attempts to sneak nuclear waste dump under the radar

Media Release: Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, Monday February 27th, 2012.

Labor’s attempt to pass widely-opposed nuclear waste dump legislation under the cover of their leadership squabble is cynical and shameless, the Australian Greens said today.

The Greens spokesperson for nuclear issues, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said Labor wants to pass the National Radioactive Waste Management Bill behind the fog of the leadership dispute because the law is “completely rotten”.

“The Traditional Owners do not want this eternal radioactive waste dump on their country; the locals don’t want it; the Northern Territory government does not want it; and medical experts have criticised the Government’s scheme.

“There is a Federal Court case currently unresolved as to the status of this land, yet the Government pushes on – lead by a resources and energy minister obsessed with the nuclear industry. This legislation does not just represent a problem for Muckaty – it places enormous and virtually unchecked power in the hands of that solitary minister.

“Medical experts have argued correctly that we don’t need a reactor to make medical isotopes. This dump is not about ‘low level medical waste’ – but high level waste which is scheduled to land in Australia from the UK and France.

“Last month, in a report to the US Energy Secretary, the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future strongly recommended a ‘consent-based approach to siting nuclear waste storage… noting that ‘trying to force such facilities on unwilling states, tribes and communities has not worked’. The Government ignores the lessons of history and blunders on at the behest of the nuclear industry.”

Media Contact: Giovanni Torre – 0417 174 302

#Law – International #Justice Conference #Perth – Standard registration fee closes Friday 2 March 7 CPD POINTS

Please share this with your local legal Eagles and Justice activists – see the formidable line-up of speakers and issues below.

Robert Richter QC has requested a registration extension for the standard fee to Friday the 2nd of March so his colleagues have more time to review their court diaries.

Late registration fees apply from the 3rd of March – no further extensions.

*** STANDARD REGISTRATION FEE CLOSES 2 MARCH 2012 ***

17 speakers over 3 days – 7 CPD points

· Dr Thomas Muller – one of Europe’s leading profilers, the Austrian criminal psychologist has worked on cases for abductor Josef Fritzl (Austria), cannibal Armin Meiwes (Germany), serial offenders Jack Unterweger (Austria), Horst David and Frank Gust (Germany), Moses Sithole (South Africa) and Misha Ebner (Switzerland) and letter bomber Franz Fuchs (Austria).

· Dr John Olsson – an independent forensic linguistics expert who has worked on more than 400 cases at the highest courts in the UK, USA, Australia and Canada.

· Professor Richard Shepherd – a leading forensic pathologist in the UK who has worked on inquiries and investigations for the Bloody Sunday, Diana, Princess of Wales, Dodi Al Fayed, Dr David Kelly (former United Nations weapons inspector), 9/11 and Bali bombing.

· Robert Richter QC – one of Australia’s leading criminal barristers.

· Joe Slemko – a Canadian specialising in the science of bloodstain pattern analysis and crime scene reconstruction.

· Gerard Dutton – one of Australia’s senior and most accomplished forensic firearms experts.

· Clint Hampson – an expert in forensic science. DNA, blood spatter analysis, crime scene management, fingerprinting, forensic photography and digital forensics.

· Robin Napper – a forensically-driven crime investigator who was at the forefront of the DNA revolution in the UK.

· Barry C. Scheck– a Professor of Law and co-founder of the Innocence Project in USA that uses DNA evidence to exonerate the wrongly convicted.

· Estelle Blackburn – award winning investigative journalist.

· Professor Paul Wilson OAM – an Australian criminologist and forensic psychologist who has worked on a number of miscarriages of justice cases.

· Lieutenant ColonelDan Mori – US Marine and David Hick’s former lawyer.

Hear firsthand from those whose terrible ordeals as victims of injustice have been portrayed in Hollywood movies, including Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton (Australia), Dr Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter (USA), Betty Anne Waters (USA) and Graham Stafford (Australia). It will also be the first time that David Bain has spoken about his experience (New Zealand).

Go to www.internationaljusticeconference.com

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