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Motion on Julian Assange's recognition as a journalist

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (15:39): I move:

That the Senate notes that Australian citizen Julian Assange has been recognised as a journalist by the:

(a) Queen's Bench Division of the British High Court ruling of 2 November 2011;
(b) Australian Walkley Award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism 2011;
(c) Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism 2011;
(d) Italian International Piero Passetti Journalism Prize of the National Union of Italian Journalists 2011;
(e) Spanish José Couso Press Freedom Award 2011;
(f) Spanish Voice of the West Freedom of Expression Award 2011; and
(g) Amnesty International UK Media Award 2009.
The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: The question is that notice of motion No. 666 moved by Senator Ludlam be agreed to:
The Senate divided. [15:44]
(The Deputy President-Senator Parry)
Ayes.......................11
Noes.......................25
Majority .................14 AYES
Brown, RJ Di Natale, R
Hanson-Young, SC Ludlam, S
Madigan, JJ Milne, C
Rhiannon, L Siewert, R (teller)
Waters, LJ Wright, PL
Xenophon, N

Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism 2011; the Italian International Piero Passetti Journalism Prize of the National Union of Italian Journalists 2011; the Spanish José Couso Press Freedom Award 2011; the Spanish Voice of the West Freedom of Expression Award 2011; and the Amnesty International UK Media Award 2009.
These institutions have recognised Mr Assange for what he is, a journalist, and Wikileaks for what it is, a publishing organisation. Therefore they are protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, and perhaps then he will not be dropped into a hole at Guantanamo Bay or somewhere that we do not even know the name of. As for doing the job of a journalist, I will perhaps try again with a motion that is even weaker and see if senators could support that.

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