IPAN calls on Labor to seek release for Assange at QUAD meeting

With Labor looking like it may form majority government and with the new Prime Minister Albanese going to the QUAD meeting IPAN asks the government to press for Assange’s release. The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network also wants the government to ‘denuclearise’. Here is their press release. Ed 23 May 2022.

NEW GOVERNMENT

  • Congratulations to the new Government and incoming Prime Minister Anthony Albanese
  • Opportunity for Labor to enact its commitments
  • To sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)
  • To take a stand on the release of Julian Assange from Belmarsh prison in the U.K. 

The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) congratulates incoming Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

IPAN looks forward to working with the new Government in providing leadership in our region to address the current global issues of the climate crisis, wars and the threat of nuclear weapons.  The Albanese Government will come to power with a clear mandate for change, in particular, IPAN hopes to see swift and decisive action on denuclearisation and freedom for Julian Assange.

IPAN is very pleased that the Labor Party has previously committed to the signing of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), with Prime Minister Albanese having shown long-standing support for nuclear disarmament.

IPAN also notes the Labor Party’s commitment to seeing the release of Australian citizen Julian Assange from Belmarsh prison in the U.K.

IPAN spokesperson, Dr Ross Gwyther, said: “The election result shows that the people of Australia believe tackling the climate crisis, government integrity and protecting the wellbeing and livelihoods of all people are paramount issues.”

“IPAN looks forward to Australia having representation at the first meeting of states parties to the TPNW as an observer in Vienna from 21-23 June.”

“Prime Minister Albanese has an immediate opportunity to speak with the U.S. President Joe Biden at the Quad meeting and ask him to drop the extradition request for Assange. This would be an immediate and tangible way for the Government to establish a new agenda for restoring democratic rights, transparency and justice for all Australians.”

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Media Interviews: Contact Ross Gwyther 0408 782 983
IPAN Media Liaison:  Kathryn Kelly, contact 0417 269 984
 
PO Box 573 Coorparoo Brisbane Qld Australia 4151
ipan.australia@gmail.com
www.ipan.org.au

2 thoughts on “IPAN calls on Labor to seek release for Assange at QUAD meeting

  1. I noted in Anthony Albanese’s first speech in Tokyo that finally some subtlety (also called “diplomacy”) has entered into Australia’s communication with the rest of the world: committing to climate change before mention of security cooperation, for example. Asian diplomats have often said that Australians don’t do diplomacy, but under Albo & Wong this appears to have changed for the better.

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