Assange’s ordeal ‘outside the remit’

Photo Caption: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange

ANOTHER human rights issue raised at Stirling’s electors’ general meeting has also hit a dead end, with councillors voting that helping Julian Assange was “outside the remit of the City of Stirling”. 

Journalist Lucy Nicol moved the motion asking that the council endorsed a position that it “does not support the extradition of Julian Assange from the UK to the US”.

Ms Nicol also wanted the council to write to foreign minister Marise Payne asking her to ensure British authorities protected Assange’s human rights. 

The motion was carried by electors but councillors heeded staff advice that it was outside local government’s remit.

A similar motion by town planner Greg Smith was shot down at Bayswater’s AGM in 2019 when it didn’t get enough supporting votes. 

So far Fremantle council is the only WA municipality to endorse a motion supporting Assange’s rights.

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