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LAW AND JUSTICE—MR JULIAN ASSANGE—CONSULAR SERVICES

Senator Ludlam, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 801—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that inconsistent or selective application of the Consular Services Charter leaves Australian citizens in doubt about the level of assistance they may receive if facing difficulties overseas; and

 (b) calls on the Prime Minister (Ms Gillard) to:

  (i) ensure that the Government's efforts and engagement on behalf of Mr Julian Assange are consistent with the highest level of support provided to other Australians in difficulty overseas, and

  (ii) retract prejudicial statements regarding the illegality of Wikileaks' publishing endeavours, found to be groundless by the Australian Federal Police, which have the potential to seriously jeopardise the potential for any fair trial or hearing for Mr Assange.

Question put and passed.