Wikileaks, Assange & Defending Democracy

WACA is proud to present in partnership with the Wheeler Centre this FREE PUBLIC EVENT:

Wikileaks, Assange & Defending Democracy

BMW Edge, Federation Square , 6:30PM – 8:00PM, Thursday 19 April 2012

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WikiLeaks – the rise, the backlash, the perilous fate of its Australian founder, Julian Assange – is one of the biggest news stories of the new millennium. WikiLeaks’ revelations have exposed government and corporate collusion on a global scale and revealed major fault lines in the relationship between the press, the political system and the public.

The conversations about WikiLeaks and Assange are about so much more than the organisation and the individual behind it: they encompass freedom of speech (and the press), whistleblower protection, government transparency and raise fundamental questions about the underlying tenets of our democracy and civil rights.

After almost 500 days under house arrest, Julian Assange is about to discover whether the UK Supreme Court will allow his extradition to Sweden.

Join us for a discussion about the facts of the case – and the role of media and government. Just some of the issues explored will be the responsibilities of the Australian Government and what the war on WikiLeaks represents.

Julian’s mother, Christine Assange, says:

‘When it comes to silencing WikiLeaks and its editor-in-chief Julian Assange, it’s not conspiracy theory, it’s conspiracy fact.’

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This is a FREE EVENT. Bookings are essential if you want a seat

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BMW Edge, Federation Square 

BMW Edge Federation Square Melbourne 3000

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This event is a conversation between the audience and the panel, we will also be broadcasting the discussion on the Big Screen outside at  Federation Square.



Christine Assange

Christine Assange is the mother of Julian Assange. She has spent the last 480 odd days extensively researching the Swedish case against her son.


Scott Ludlam

Scott Ludlam, an Australian Greens Senator from Western Australia, is the Greens spokesman on such issues as communications, housing, mining and nuclear power.


Lizzie O’Shea

Lizzie is a Melbourne lawyer specialising in public interest litigation. She has worked with indigent prisoners on death row in the Deep South of the US and at the United Nations in Geneva.


Bernard Keane

Bernard has been Crikey’s correspondent in Canberra since 2008; he writes on politics, media and economics.


Greg Barns

Greg Barns is a barrister and writer. He is national president of the Australian Lawyers Alliance and practices in the areas of criminal law and human rights in Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. He is a member of the Bar in each of those jurisdictions.



  1. RSVP for WikiLeaks, Assange, democracy panel « Friends of Julian Assange - 05/04/2012

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