12 C
Byron Shire
June 21, 2021

Julian Assange’s father to speak out in Byron Shire

Latest News

Failure after failure

Keith Duncan, Pimlico One policy failure after another; what does it take for ‘shifty’ Morrison to come clean, show leadership, and...

Other News

‘Influencers’ – just another advertising platform…

The question being asked by many consumers is 'are influencers genuinely promoting products that they like and believe in, or is it just more advertising?

Failure after failure

Keith Duncan, Pimlico One policy failure after another; what does it take for ‘shifty’ Morrison to come clean, show leadership, and...

Calls for Minister to conduct ‘genuine’ consultation on Murwillumbah mega-school

The Murwillumbah community and SOS (Save Our Schools) are calling on the NSW Minister for Education, Sarah Mitchell to...

Dunoon Dam from a Rocky Creek perspective

R Musgrave, Rocky Creek Here’s a simple question about the proposed new Dunoon Dam and some local observations from a long-time...

Bring them home to Biloela

Marilyn Perkins, MEd, JP, Wollongbar Given the recent news that Tharnicaa is seriously ill, and has been flown to hospital in...

It’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and Dementia Australia is calling for all Australians to make themselves aware of the different forms elder abuse can take and to be alert to vulnerable Australians, including people who live with dementia. 

Mia Armitage

The father of detained WikiLeaks founder and Australian journalist Julian Assange is touring the Northern Rivers this week.

The Assange family has had close ties to the region for decades, with Mr Assange having studied part of his primary education in the Northern Rivers hinterland.

Mr Shipton spoke last year in Mullumbimby to a sell-out crowd of around three hundred and says it ‘feels like coming home’ when he visits the area.

The father of the famous detained WikiLeaks founder and Australian journalist has recently returned from Europe, where he has spent the year campaigning for his son’s freedom.

‘Psychological torture’ of Australian journalist continues

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer, defines Mr Assange’s detention as ‘psychological torture’.

Mr Assange has been locked inside London’s high-security Belmarsh Prison for more than eighteen months while the United States government continues to fight for his extradition.

Mr Shipton says COVID-19 has infected the jail, including the cellmate next-door to Mr Assange, who has a ‘high-risk’ vulnerability to the virus strain.

Charges against the WikiLeaks founder were revised this year, not long before hearings in the extradition case started.

The journalist is now officially accused of spying in a case described by Assange advocates as a ‘show trial’.

Legal heavyweights, federal MPs back Assange

One of the Australian lawyers advising Mr Assange’s campaign is the high-profile Greg Barns SC.

Mr Barns says the Australian government has no excuse for failing to demand Mr Assange’s return to Australia, especially since it recently negotiated the release of Australian political prisoner Kylie Moore Gilbert from Iran.

Twenty-four federal politicians have joined a cross-parliamentary group in support of bringing Mr Assange ‘home’ and locally, the Byron Shire Council voted earlier this year to support the movement.

Mr Shipton spoke in the Nimbin Town Hall Tuesday evening alongside long-time democracy advocate Ciaron O’Reilly.

The pair are due to speak in a Bay FM presented forum in the Mullumbimby Civic Hall this Friday night from 7.30 pm, with former New South Wales magistrate David Heilpern joining the panel.

A smaller event is to happen Sunday afternoon from 4pm in Byron Bay’s Marvel Hall, with former ABC journalist Mick O’Regan assisting Bay FM’s Community Newsroom in facilitating questions.

Tickets are strictly limited due to public health order limits and are available via turningpointtalks.com, with any money left over after tour costs are paid to go to Bay FM community radio.

This week’s tour is supported by Echo Publications, North Coast Events and Northern Rivers NSW 4 Assange.

You can hear past interviews with Mr Shipton via Bay FM’s Community Newsroom at bayfm.org.

♦ Mia Armitage is a Bay FM member


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

1 COMMENT

  1. Free Julian Assange. His freedom is inextricably linked to our own. The progression of all causes be they environmental or social justice depend on truth in the public’s interest. Get informed. Take action. Write to your MP and write letters to the editor. Break through the lame stream media silence.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

New case of COVID-19 in Brisbane

Queensland has recorded one new case of COVID-19 in the community yesterday, with contact tracing underway after an international cabin crew member tested positive.

Mental health workshop for girls in Lennox

The mental health organisation Beautiful Minds is holding a one day workshop for pre-teen girls in Lennox Head on Sunday 27 June 2021.

Morrison’s craven cave to the QAnon cult – can he squirm out of this one too?

Monday night’s Four Corners program on ABC explained that two Australian lackeys of the American cult called QAnon – Tim Stewart and his son Jesse – are pushing the cult’s terrible excuse for a belief system.

Man missing from Cudgen

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a man missing from the Far North Coast.