Independent ACT Senate Candidate to Appoint Julian Assange Media Adviser if Elected

Nick Houston, Democratic Reform Alliance (DRA) aligned Independent Candidate for the Senate in the ACT, has committed to appoint Julian Assange his Chief Media Adviser if elected to the Senate on 18 May 2019.

Houston said “I will offer Mr Assange the role, and if he accepts it, I will appoint him as my Chief Media Adviser based in my office in Parliament House”.

Mr Assange is currently imprisoned in a high security gaol in the UK under threat of extradition to the USA to face an indictment for conspiracy to violate the US Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Other charges may yet be brought against Assange including charges under the US Espionage Act.

The indictment stems from an incident in 2010 when Assange allegedly told then-Army private Chelsea Manning, who was leaking classified materials to Assange to be published on WikiLeaks, that he would help her crack a password to gain access to military computers.

Mr Assange appears to be the victim of the British justice system. Other high-profile victims of British justice include the Birmingham Six, the Guildford Four, and the Maguire Seven.

The Birmingham Six were six men who, in 1975, were each sentenced to life imprisonment following their false convictions for the Birmingham pub bombings. Their convictions were declared unsafe and unsatisfactory and quashed by the Court of Appeal on 14 March 1991.

The Guildford Four and the Maguire Seven were the collective names of two groups whose convictions in English courts in 1975 and 1976 for the Guildford pub bombings of 5 October 1974 were eventually quashed after long campaigns for justice.

“Mr Assange is a noted publisher and critic of corrupt government and is well suited to the media position”, said Mr Houston.

Houston is running on an anti-corruption and transparency agenda and has called for a Royal Commission into Political Corruption and Institutional Conflicts of Interest in the Australian Political System.

Houston says, “the major parties are awash in improperly disclosed corporate and union cash and there is little transparency in relation to the favours donors receive back from government”.

“There is a vicious cycle of donations and undisclosed favours that in any other time or place would be called corruption. Like many people I have had a gutful of the litany of abuses of the major parties and want change”.

“Conflicts of interest are rife at every level in the political system including in relation to appointments to government jobs, boards and tribunals, the awarding of lucrative government contracts to party donors, and the scandalously open door between lobbyists and the holders of public office”.

“The personal abuse of travel and electoral entitlements by politicians on all sides of politics is endemic and represents the tip of the iceberg in a political system that sorely lacks systematic accountability and transparency mechanisms”.

“It is time to examine the state of our democracy and the way to start is by holding a Royal Commission that has the power to investigate the unethical and conflicted practices of our politicians and make muscular recommendations for change”.

Nick Houston and the DRA supports the introduction of tough legislation that would create better individual accountability for our politicians and reduce corruption in the political system, and provide greater opportunity for the participation of ordinary Australians in the governing of Australia.

Houston said, “if elected to Parliament I will work with other minor parties and independents to use any balance of power opportunity to negotiate the tough new legislation in the first 100 days of the Parliament that would clean up our politics once and for all”.

 

About Nick Houston

Nick Houston is a long-term resident of Canberra who has worked in three different government departments. For the last 13 years run a legal practice in Canberra specializing in migration law.

To learn more about Nick Houston and the transparency policies of the DRA see:

https://nicholashouston-democraticreformalliance.nationbuilder.com/

 

For further information please contact Nick Houston.

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