Unelected Senator Bob Carr has a track record on dodging questions on the Australian Government’s failure to stand up for Julian Assange, most recently in a Senate Committee in which he asserted that to do so was not ‘in Australia’s interests’. This on top of his history of denying the very real threats faced by Assange from a Grand Jury investigation in the United States, even denying its very existence.
Australians aren’t fooled by this charade. This week, at the Our Say ‘Ask Bob Carr’ online forum, the question that was voted for most was this, from Robyn Connell:
“Why have you so very clearly abandoned advocacy for Australian publisher Julian Assange in the light of evidence of a secret Grand Jury in the USA. He is internationally respected, awarded multiple human rights awards, standing for the Australian Senate, and yet the silence from the Australian Govt. is deafening. It appears as though policy on this has been dictated by the USA.”
The time for Senator Carr to answer this question live on ABC News 24 came ..and went. Tweets from @OurSay reported first that there had been a ‘technical glitch’, followed shortly after by ‘personal reasons’ to explain Carr’s absence. Based on previous form the other obvious reason is his refusal once again to come clean on why our Government has effectively abandoned Julian Assange and why.
Our Say advise that they plan to reschedule the forum.