Saturday, February 11, 2012

Tony Crook MP Isn't Gonna Speak Up For Julian

Hello [name redacted],

Tony Crook thanks you for your email and has asked me to respond on his behalf with his views.

As a non-ministerial and non-government member of parliament, Mr Crook and his office are not privy to any diplomatic decisions, diplomatic briefings or diplomatic enquiries.  These decisions are made entirely by DFAT and the Minister for Foreign Affairs.  As such, much of Mr Crook’s understanding about Julian Assange, like any other incident involving an Australia overseas, has been through the media. 
Mr Crook firmly believes that we all have a vested interest in ensuring that Australian citizens, whether in Australia or overseas, are treated properly and afforded the proper protections by the Australian Government.  We should ensure that Mr Assange is afforded all the protections that any Australian overseas would be afforded – and that these protections are not compromised merely because of the status of his case.
Thank you for your email and thank you for voting for Tony Crook at the last election.


Gary Brown

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