Click on a Senator or MP's name to view their contact details. If you don't know your local representative's details, click here to search by electorate or postcode. Send them a message, and then let me know the response (comment below, email me or tweet @Jaraparilla) and I will update the table accordingly. Preferably send me a written response and I will post it here with a link. NB: the wording is important (e.g. criticizing Gillard for declaring WikiLeaks "illegal" is helpful but not really support for WikiLeaks).
Please let your local Senators and MPs know that this is a critically important election issue and - with an election looming - YOUR vote depends on THEIR response. MPs and Senators are also encouraged to send links to their public pronouncements.
Let's make this an election issue and force all these elected representatives to go on the record. Please help.
See below for notes and an explanation of ratings.
Alphabetical list of Senators
Alphabetical list of MPs
1. Several Greens signed a Dec 2011 letter to the PM but - aside from Senator Ludlum - they have been too quiet since then. The other parties have been almost unanimously silent or towing party lines with cautiously worded form letters. This in unacceptable cowardice in a nation where 80% of citizens support Assange and WikiLeaks. Anyone who responds to inquiries with a form letter gets -5 points.
2. When PM Julia Gillard pre-emptively declared Assange's actions "illegal" several MPs and Senators spoke out saying that Assange was entitled to a presumption of innocence, and the PM was unwise to make such comments. Not surprisingly, most of these politicians were either in Opposition or undermining Gillard as part of Kevin Rudd's Labor faction. Their comments merely state the basic rights of any Australian citizen. It is worth noting that they have said nothing more on WikiLeaks or Assange since. 0 points for stating the obvious.
3. When Senator Scott Ludlum asked the Senate to support Julian Assange, only 9 Senators voted in favour (all Greens).
4. For a detailed explanation of the Swedish legal case and Australian government's lack of support, see Assange lawyer Jennifer Robinson's Brief To Canberrra.
5. Please note that any correspondence you receive from an MP or Senator should be considered public. If you send it to me, expect me to post it and link. If it appears suspicious I will verify it.
6. UPDATE 18/6/13: "All that is required for the victory of evil is for good men to remain silent." On this basis, anyone who still has said nothing is now on -1. Today's comments by Julie Bishop make it clear both ALP and LNP are taking direction from USA on Assange, and even supposedly sympathetic MPs seem gutless to speak up.