- From: AAP
- December 23, 2010
ACTU president Ged Kearney will present a membership card to Mr Assange's Australian lawyer, Rob Stary, at a ceremony in Melbourne this morning.
Victorian Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) branch secretary Louise Connor said Mr Assange had contacted the Alliance in November just as the "cablegate" story began to break.
She said he noted at the time that his credit card had been cancelled and he might not be able to pay his union dues.
It had been decided to waive his union dues, she said.
"Julian Assange has been a member of the Media Alliance for several years. Clearly, with banking corporations freezing his accounts, his situation is quite extraordinary," she said in a statement.
"We've drawn up a new union card for him and offer him the full support of his union and professional association."
Australian-born Mr Assange remains in the UK on bail over Swedish sexual assault allegations.
WikiLeaks continues to progressively release 250,000 leaked US diplomatic cables, as promised.
Ms Kearney said Mr Assange and WikiLeaks deserved support.
"WikiLeaks is simply performing the same function as media organisations have for centuries in facilitating the release of information in the public interest. Mr Assange's rights should be respected just the same as other journalists," she said in a statement.
"WikiLeaks has broken no Australian law and, as an Australian citizen, Julian Assange should be supported by the Australian government, not prematurely convicted."
Ged Kearney should never bet on horses because his backing of Julian Assange
is going to be one of his most embarrassing decisions ever that he will regret
till he dies.
Julian Assange, is a rampant wombat, a self-admitted 87% S.L.U.T. who wants to have children, believe it or not. Put that together with the very credible and objective evidence that FAVOURS Assange from the two women, you have sufficient evidence to not just convict Assange but to deport him in shame back to Australia.
That is of course, if some of the Iraqi informants are not killed as a result of Julian Assange publishing their names, something that his close associates warned him would happen if those names were released.
Assange is most probably at worst, shockingly criminally negligent, what is called in Australia "a Rat" who rated out on Iraqi informants and who most probably won't live long enough to see Assange convicted of at least Rape.
Come Christmas day, or very soon afterwards, the British courts will put him on the next flight to Sweden, for his trial, incarceration and eventual deportation back home to Australia.